Safety representatives ‘key’ for businesses

Safety representatives are crucial to achieving successful health and safety in the workplace, the watchdog's boss says.


Safety representatives are crucial to achieving successful health and safety in the workplace, the watchdog’s boss says.

Safety representatives are crucial to achieving successful health and safety in the workplace, the watchdog’s boss says.

Judith Hackitt, chair of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), says worker involvement in health and safety is important for the system to be effective.

The industry representative delivered a keynote speech at the Health and Safety and Worker Involvement conference.

During her talk, Hackitt stated health and safety should not be seen as a barrier to people doing their job, but as a tool to help them do it more effectively.

She added that worker involvement is crucial, regardless of the size of the firm, meaning small businesses still have a responsibility to adhere to guidance.

Hackitt adds that following health and safety requirements can enable small companies to comply with legislative requirements in ‘a simple, proportionate manner’.

The HSE boss says there has been a reduction in workplace deaths since the Health and Safety at Work Act was introduced 30 years ago.
Last week the HSE was shortlisted for a National Business Award, which recognise the achievements of successful companies in the UK.

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