“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” – Benjamin Franklin

In our previous edition of the Dispelling the Myths series, we explored the myths surrounding the costs associated with health and safety accreditation – and why achieving ESSA’s very own is not only affordable but can also help you create cost-saving returns as a result.

The cost of ESSA’s Health & Safety Accreditation may no longer be a barrier – but why should an event professional want to become health and safety accredited in the first place? Being able to showcase your commitment to health and safety is one aspect, but what other benefits come with accreditation?

This misconception that accreditation is simply a ‘nice to have’ means many miss out the many benefits, both direct and indirect, accreditation provides you as an individual, your business and your wider team.

So, let’s explore more of the benefits ESSA Health & Safety Accreditation provides…

Compliance and risk mitigation

The misconception that health and safety accreditation is not an integral part of being a safe and successful events business downplays the very important need for your business to be legally and regulatory compliant.

There are many rules and regulations surrounding health and safety for events, and no business wants to be caught out should something be overlooked and cause issues, or worse an accident – especially when the average fine for businesses is £150,000.

ESSA Health & Safety Accreditation provides a comprehensive framework for business to work through to help ensure they are fulfilling all their legal requirements, ensuring nothing is missed and avoiding any potential legal issues down the line.

In a similar vein, following a complete framework greatly enhances you and your team’s ability to operate safely, equipping you with the knowledge and tools to identify, assess and mitigate risks proactively.

Safe workers mean fewer accidents which means fewer operational disruptions, thereby positively impacting your business’ bottom line.

Improved partnerships

Not knowing where to start when it comes to health and safety for your business can leave many feeling isolated.

We at ESSA believe our ever-growing community of 300+ event professionals is one of our biggest assets, helping those champion health and safety while having a regular network of professionals to connect with, ask questions and help ensure our industry is the best it can be.

Along with our members, the ESSA team themselves are always on hand to help support you throughout the entire accreditation process – before, during and after.

Cost efficiency

As mentioned in our previous blog, cost efficiency is a major benefit. Not only is accreditation FREE for full members, but it can help generate additional income in the long run.

As people are becoming more discerning about who they choose to work with, the industry-recognised accreditation that ESSA provides helps your business stand out as the supplier of choice.

Employee engagement and retention

ESSA Health & Safety accreditation does more than just benefit your business from an operational standpoint – it actively helps improve your businesses’ employee engagement and retention as it demonstrates your commitment to the wellbeing of your teams.

A safe team is a productive team, reducing accidents and maintaining company reputation through the creation of smooth working processes and an overall positive and safer environment for your employees.

In summary, ESSA Health & Safety Accreditation provides numerous benefits:

  1. Helps your business to be legally compliant
  2. Reduces the risk of accidents occurring
  3. Access to support and a 300+ community of like-minded event professionals
  4. Maintains your brand reputation to be a supplier of choice
  5. Safer and happier employees with stronger retention rates

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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