Six SME case studies that demonstrate the business benefit of effective management of occupational health and safety
A part of the work was to develop case study material presenting the salient points of the case studies which can be used to persuade SMEs of the wider potential benefits of improving health and safety.
The key finding of the research is that in each of the cases described, whatever the original motivation, the organisations believed that improving health and safety was integral to business risk management. The organisations were motivated to improve aspects of health and safety because of the potential risk to the business if this was not addressed. These benefits included a mix of both tangible and intangible benefits, such as maintenance of reputation, client requirements, controlling insurance premium costs, reduction in absence rates as well as general improvements in health and safety.
Common to other research experience, it was also found that SMEs rarely systematically or comprehensively track the costs and benefits of health and safety initiatives.