Cutting red tape for business: new guidance on basic health and safety
Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 @ 10:55:29 BST
Topic: Health and Safety Executive (HSE) News

Health and safety made simple - the basics for your businessHealth and Safety law applies to all businesses, whatever the size. A new online resource, Health and Safety Made Simple, provides employers with straightforward step-by-step guidance on what they need to do to achieve a basic level of compliance.
Aimed particularly at low risk small and medium-sized enterprises, the guidance has been developed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in consultation with business organisations.

Health and Safety Made Simple takes businesses through their basic health and safety duties, explaining what to do and how to do it by linking to helpful resources such as online risk assessment tools. It also signposts users to further information and advice where necessary. The new guidance illustrates that health and safety doesn’t have to be difficult and that in many lower risk workplaces it can be adequately managed in-house.

Health and Safety Made Simple was launched in March by Employment Minister Chris Grayling, as part of a package of changes designed to reduce unnecessary bureaucracy and promote a proportionate approach to managing health and safety.

Judith Hackitt, Chair of HSE said:

Managing health and safety needn’t be complicated or costly for businesses. It’s about taking common-sense measures to minimise risks to your employees and members of the public who might be affected by your activities.

“Health and safety made Simple” explains clearly what the law expects and what businesses need to do to comply with it. It’s a good starting point for any business operating in a low risk working environment.

>> Visit the Health and safety made simple website now <<

For further information, key facts for businesses, or to discuss these new support materials, please visit the Health and Safety made Simple discussion now.

This article comes from Sheffield Occupational Health and Safety Association (SOHSA)

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