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New Safety Guide for Smaller Businesses

Academic journal article Manager

New Safety Guide for Smaller Businesses

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As the Government prepares for a significant overhaul of health and safety investigations, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched a new package of official online guidance for small and 'low-risk' businesses to make regulatory compliance as efficient as possible.

Comprising simple guides and interactive tools on assessing and controlling potential hazards, issues are clearly set out according to type of business, workforce and workplace. There are sections on the most common risks, such as trip hazards, manual handling of equipment and goods, and use of harmful substances, as well as tips on the appropriate protective equipment to use.

HSE Chair, Judith Hackitt, explained: "It will help businesses save time and money by getting them focusing on the real risks, guiding them to what is relevant for them and steering them away from what's not.

"By going online and working through it for themselves, for free, we hope low-risk SMEs will realise that they don't need expensive consultancy or reams of paperwork to manage their responsibilities. It is of no benefit to businesses or workers if over-the-top precautions are introduced."

Mark Hoban, Minister for Employment, added: "Small and low-risk businesses should be focusing their time on growing and becoming a success, not having to waste precious time and money on unnecessary bureaucracy. This Toolbox will make it quick and simple for businesses to discover everything they need to know about health and safety. …

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