health and safety obligations

Improving Outcomes For Health And Safety Report

Small Businesses Overspend on Health and Safety

Small businesses spend six times as much per employee as bigger businesses on health and safety compliance, according to a report from the Better Regulation Executive (BRE). The report, Improving Outcomes from Health and Safety (510k PDF), claims that if the UK’s small firms adopted better procedures for dealing with health and safety obligations, they could save around £150 million a year. Presently, the report says, the average small business spends 20 hours a year on administration to comply with health and safety laws – but this could be cut by five hours. Many firms are also paying external consultants for work they could carry out more cheaply and effectively in house. BRE chairman William Sargent said the vast majority of small businesses are low risk, but fret ove... »