Adding value through health and safety
A Portakabin case study

Page 1: Introduction

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Adding value to a product involves making it more desirable and better for the final consumer. 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...
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Page 2: The importance of health and safety at work

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Focusing on health and safety protects employees in every activity that they carry out. Health and safety also protects customers, the wider public as well as contractors working for a company. Operating primarily in the European market, Portakabin needs to take account of both UK and European Union health and safety legislation. The construction industry has its own additional regulations...
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Page 3: Health and safety legislation

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Companies have overall responsibility for the health and safety of their employees and others. The responsibility of the company relates to creating and implementing the overall framework, e.g. the policies, procedures and training which create a good health and safety culture. However, under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, employees also have responsibilities. Employees&rsquo...
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Page 4: Implementing health and safety

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Implementation means putting something into practice. Portakabin has a commitment to health and safety which goes beyond simply meeting minimal legal requirements. This is demonstrated through the achievement of OHSAS 18001, where the key aspects are covered. a. Risk policy An effective policy should provide clear outlines of where a company and its people stand in relation to a policy area. It...
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Page 5: Business benefits of health and safety focus

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Careful attention to health and safety adds value to a company and its products. Having a strong health and safety record enhances brand image. It also means that the company is able to deliver the right products at the right time with the minimum of delay and safely. This is vital in the highly competitive construction industry. The overall impact of these benefits is to make Portakabin a...
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Page 6: Conclusion

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Health and safety delivers many business benefits to Portakabin. As a family company the heart of the Portakabin business lies in a motivated group of employees working together to build strong communities. A focus on H&S by the company and its employees demonstrates a shared commitment to each other. This positively affects relationships with customers and other stakeholders. The central...
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