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Businesses losing time and money on unnecessary safety ‘myths’

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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) survey showed that one in five SMEs believed they weren’t capable of managing health and safety themselves and needed to hire a specialist consultant.

Nearly 33 per cent of SMEs surveyed classed themselves as ‘hopeful-have-a-go’s’ when it came to health and safety, aware they have to take actions but unsure of where to start.

John Allan, national chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “The fear factor forces many businesses to adopt unnecessary health and safety procedures which costs time and money.

“So to introduce a new resource to give small businesses a way of clearly identifying guidance and information designed for them can only be a good initiative. It’s a tool which will not only help to sense check compliance, it will also avoid ‘gold plating’ and show how health and safety need not be a burden on their business.” 

The HSE urged SMEs to use its own free online tools and guidance, designed specifically to help them get their risk management right.

HSE’s small business lead Kate Haire said: “Health and safety is all about taking reasonable steps to manage serious risks of ill-health and injury in the workplace. If something sounds completely unreasonable, more often than not it will be totally unnecessary too.

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