Ways of adding value to a product or service include improved design and functionality. For many products one of the most important ways of adding value is through health and safety (H&S). This is particularly true in the construction industry where customers, employees and the wider public expect buildings to be safe as well as attractive.

Portakabin, the leading supplier of modular buildings in the UK, takes its duty of care to employees, customers and visitors very seriously. Strict health and safety policies are in place at all company sites. Portakabin has recently achieved OHSAS 18001 certification at its York manufacturing site. This is the internationally recognised British Standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems.

If a company fails to comply with health and safety procedures it can cause a variety of problems. For example, after multiple safety issues last year, Royal Dutch Shell has announced that it will suspend its offshore drilling programme in the Arctic for the rest of 2013 to ensure safety. (BBC, 27th February 2013)

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