health and safety

HSE’s Fee For Intervention Delayed

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has today announced that its cost recovery scheme, Fee for Intervention, is still going ahead but will now not start in April 2012. The scheme sets out to recover costs from those who break health and safety laws for the time and effort HSE spends on helping to put matters right – investigating and taking enforcement action. Law-abiding businesses will be free from costs and will not pay a penny. Gordon MacDonald, HSE’s programme director, said: “The Government has agreed that it is right that those who break the law should pay their fair share of the costs to put things right – and not the public purse.” “The Government intends to proceed with the FFI scheme as recommended to ministers by HSE’s Board in December in respon... »

Health and Safety Rules Broken by Most Managers

Two thirds of managers in small businesses are knowingly breaking health and safety regulations on a weekly basis, new research has found. The survey of 1,000 managers in UK small firms by business support services provider ELAS found that 88% admitted to having broken at least one health and safety regulation in the past week alone! Of these three quarters said they had flouted the health and safety rules knowingly. The regulation breaches included leaving a slip, trip or fall hazard on the workplace floor (51%), using electrical equipment that had not been safety tested (49%) and risking falling from height by balancing on the edge of a table or chair to change a light bulb or reach a high shelf (26%). However, despite a large number of managers regularly breaking safety rules, 56% had p... »

Low-risk Jobs to be Exempt from Health & Safety Assessments

The self-employed and homeworkers will be exempt from health and safety risk assessments if their work environment is low risk under new proposals. Lord Young’s recently published report Common Sense, Common Safety, commissioned by the Government, suggested that risk assessments carried out by small businesses should be proportionate to the type of work involved, and that homeworkers and self-employed people doing low-hazard work should be exempt altogether. The Government has accepted Young’s recommendations and will publish guidance for low-risk small firms in June 2011. Croner safety technical manager, Nasar Farooq, welcomed Young’s recommendations. “Employees working within their own home are likely to be at low risk and they should be able to manage their own safety.” &ldq... »

Health and Safety

Anderson Review calls for free Government Advice

An independent review has recommended that the Government introduces a free advice service for small firms on employment law and health and safety issues. According to small–business owner Sarah Anderson’s Government–backed report, the Anderson Review, three–quarters of small firms have paid for advice on employment law or health and safety regulations in the past. This equates to a total of £1.4 billion per year. “Many small businesses do not use and have no confidence in guidance from the Government. The vast majority of small businesses want to comply with the law. The Government should give them a cost effective and efficient way for them to do so.” said Anderson. Anderson has proposed the Government introduce a free advice service to help firm... »

Health and Safety

Firms urged to have New Year health check

Business Link has urged business owners to get their firms in shape for 2009 by taking advantage of its free online business health–check service. The organisation promises a quick ‘MOT’ where firms can use Business Link’s interactive, online questionnaire to check they are maximising their cashflow, marketing and business planning tools. A more detailed health check is also available, where firms can opt for a free on–site visit from a Business Link adviser, who will look at company processes such as financial procedures. Businesses can also request a tailor–made action plan to help them cope with the effects of the economic downturn, and a follow–up monitoring service is available, to make sure firms are on the right track. Business Link adviser ... »

Health And Safety

HSE calls on firms to consult support services

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched a review of its support for small firms and is inviting small businesses to take part in its consultation process. Through a series of regional workshops to be held in January, the HSE will be looking at how it can work better with small firms to help them comply with health and safety regulation. Results will not be unveiled until the second quarter of next year, but the HSE said it would be championing a ‘common–sense’ approach to health and safety at work. In addition to customising support for small firms, the HSE also wants to improve the competence of those responsible for health and safety in workplaces. The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said that small firms would undoubtedly welcome an increased focus on the... »

Health & Safety

Businesses face Health and Safety penalties

Businesses that breach health and safety legislation will face increased penalties of up to £20,000 from January next year, the Government has warned. Under the Health and Safety Offences Act (2008), businesses that come before the lower courts for a breach of health and safety legislation risk a penalty of up to £20,000. Previously, the maximum was £5,000. The range of health and safety offences which carry a prison sentence will also be broadened from January 2008. For example, under the new rules, failing to comply with a prohibition notice or breaching a licensing requirement now carries a jail sentence of up to six months if tried in a lower court, or up to two years if tried in a Crown Court. Commenting on the new legislation, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) sp... »

Posture

Free Ergonomics Guide

BT Business has launched a free guide to help small–business owners ensure that staff who work remotely avoid the common back, neck and arm problems that arise from working with a poor posture. The ‘Get fit for mobile working’ guide was published after BT Business research revealed that only 46% of mobile workers receive guidance about working safely outside the office, and 25% were unaware that their employer is responsible for their safety wherever they are working. The guide includes simple dos and don’ts for mobile working with visual display units (VDUs) in different locations, such as on a train, in a coffee shop and at the airport, as well as guidance for those using mobile phones. BT Business managing director Bill Murphy said; “By observing a few gene... »

Health and Safety: A Guide for Small Business Owners

Health and Safety: A Guide for Small Business Owners

It’s fair to say ‘health and safety’ isn’t the most fashionable of terms, conjuring up images of pedantic men carrying clipboards and an endless cavalcade of paperwork. However, it is not something to be dismissive of as a business – get it wrong, and the consequences can be extremely expensive. In this article, you will find a thorough guide to what you need to know about health and safety as a business owner, covering your duties, what to do when there is an accident, and the steps you need to take to comply with the law. Do I need to register as part of my health and safety responsibilities? In general, recent changes in the law mean that you generally no longer need to register with the appropriate authority to comply with health and safety. This includes businesses like offices and sh... »

Health & Safety, An Introduction to

Introduction It’s your business – but we can help you look after it! Getting hurt at work or becoming ill through work is not a pleasant subject to think about. The reality is that 250 people a year lose their lives at work in Britain. In addition, around 156,000 non-fatal injuries are reported each year, and an estimated 2.3 million suffer from ill health caused or made worse by work. The mistake is to believe that these things happen in highly unusual or exceptional circumstances that never occur in your workplace. This is not the case. Some basic thinking and acting beforehand could usually have prevented these things from happening. Implementing health and safety measures doesn’t have to be expensive, time consuming or complicated, in fact, safer and more efficient wo... »