"The key is in not spending time, but in investing it."- Stephen R. Covey 

The biggest investment into your business is rarely one of money, but of time. In our busy schedules, it is often a lack of this precious resource that prevents us from undertaking new ventures.

When it comes to health and safety, proper time does need to be given to ensure both you and your teams are working safely when operating at events. However, showcasing your commitment to safe practices in the events industry needn’t be as much of a time commitment as one may initially think.

It is this myth surrounding the amount of time and resources required to become accredited that prevents many members from embarking on the process, so let’s dispel some of these misconceptions.  

Would it change your mind to know that the ESSA Health & Safety Accreditation, our flagship health and safety scheme for the events industry, has a complete turnaround process of just 2-3 weeks?

Would it also help to know that there is absolutely no need to wait until you are “ready”?

With relevant step-by-step templates and guides, as well as our dedicated team on hand to guide you every step of the way, any supplier or service to the events industry could see themselves health and safety accredited in less than 21 days.

Moreover, should you not pass the first time, to save you time, you will be provided with very clear guidelines regarding the areas that require further attention. There is no ambiguity, quite the opposite in fact – ESSA wants you to become accredited!

Once accredited, this small investment of time into your business’s health and safety will help you save additional time in the long run:

  1. Accreditation can help reduce accidents and therefore reduces the operational disruptions and lengthy paperwork often associated with them, giving you and your team more time to focus on the things that really matter to your business.


  1. The Accreditation guidance will equip you with the knowledge and tools to manage health and safety more quickly and efficiently.


  1. Accreditation clearly signposts each important H&S related area any business must consider, removing any guesswork and thus saving time.


  1. Achieving accreditation can help save you time and effort in both in completing future pre-qualification questionnaires or working towards ISO accreditation.

What’s more, not devoting the necessary time to health and safety can end up costing you financially too. Between medical expenses, potential legal fees and operational disruptions, there can be a variety of monetary costs involved when proper health and safety isn’t taken into account.

The Health and Safety Accreditation isn’t just about protecting you from potential fallouts and costs, it’s also about helping your business generate more opportunities too, helping to position your business as one that makes health and safety a priority, showcasing your commitment and making you stand out from the competition when it comes to securing that all-important job.

In summary, time is on your side when it comes to health and safety accreditation:

  1. Be H&S Accredited in less than 21 days


  1. No need to wait until you and your business are “ready”


  1. No ambiguity – clear and concise guidelines are provided to all members


  1. Accreditation that is designed to save you time before, during, and after the process

For more information about ESSA Health & Safety Accreditation, view our accreditation page, or have a read of our most frequently asked questions.


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The Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) is a trade body representing the very best contractors and suppliers of goods and services to the UK’s thriving events industry.

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