Within any industry, gaining accreditation is hugely beneficial as it shows the companies commitment to staff and clients alike and can open doors to grow and win larger contracts. The benefits of accreditations and certificates within the health and safety sector though is of upmost importance, as choosing to achieve a recognised Health and Safety Standard can not only bring short-term benefits but also places the company in a strong position for complying with policy changes in the longer term, and achieving a high level of safety for all. Benefits of this can include:-
Gaining market advantage
If you’re looking to expand your business by targeting a new market or supply chain, having the suitable accreditations in place can help by instantly improving your credibility and they are also a clear indication that your business is looking to have that competitive edge in the market. Ultimately, accreditation denotes a positive reputation.
Tendering for contracts
Third party contractor accreditation demonstrates your commitment to health and safety, and is a positive factor when tendering for new contracts. If you are looking to win larger contracts with local authorities, hospitals, schools or larger construction companies as a company or contractor, gaining certain accreditations are a must to even be considered and shows confidence when it comes to your competence.
Registration on supplier databases
Selecting a contractor from an approved database of suppliers offers peace of mind to the client so they can feel confident in your abilities. A supplier accreditation process ensures that new and existing suppliers and contractors of an organisation are compliant in meeting specific minimum criteria, standards and organisation requirements in order to be registered, eligible and approved to conduct business and provide services.
Accreditation can decrease risks and liability costs
Safer care means fewer risks and adverse events. Other financial benefits of accreditation that have been cited are improved operational efficiency and reduced liability cases. Accreditation tells insurers and the public that you value safety, that you’ve made a commitment to best practices and regulatory requirements.
Accreditation fosters a culture of quality and safety
Your organisation’s culture matters as it helps determine how your staff approach their jobs. Are they motivated or disengaged? A culture that’s focused on quality and safety promotes an engaged atmosphere where communication and learning are key and when staff see the positives of accreditation and certification, they continue to make improvements and take pride in their work.
Gaining accreditations and certificates demonstrates that there is management commitment to safe work practices and the appropriate business infrastructure, to make every reasonable attempt to bring certainty and consistency in safety performance.
For further information on the benefits of accreditations and certifications, ranging from CHAS, Constructionline, Safecontractor and ISO to various others, please contact us here.