Did You Know?

There are a lot of misconceptions about Health and Safety…

Here, we try and set the record straight and banish some of those myths:

All Consultants are just ‘cowboys’ – there are so many organisations and qualifications, it’s impossible to know who to trust.

In order to ensure that businesses only get the best advice from experienced consultants and avoid the so-called ‘rogues’, the Health and Safety Executive now run a nationwide accredited consultants’ scheme called the Occupational Safety Consultants Register (OSCR). The list is for those who have ‘met the highest qualification standard of recognised professional bodies and who are bound by a code of conduct that requires them to only give advice which is sensible and proportionate’. Kevin McCloskey, owner of Just Health and Safety, is on this register and commits to abide by these principles.

If I tried to follow all Health and Safety workplace Regulations, I wouldn’t have any time to run my business!

This would be true if you decided to give everything equal priority. In fact, the law helps you in that it allows you to consider and prioritise your efforts using the technique of risk assessment.

It feels like we’re in the grip of a compensation culture.

The number of civil claims for compensation against employers for accidents at work has fallen every year for the past 5 years. The overall amount claimed has, in real terms, remained the same since 1989.

Employers Liability insurance is just another burden on businesses.

Employers’ Liability insurance costs businesses on average 0.25 of their total payroll. It is a legal requirement to have this insurance in case someone is killed or injured through your negligence – however, not all costs can be claimed, so insurance is not a substitute for good Health and Safety practices!

Health and safety has got so bad, they’ve banned the use of ladders!

Ladders are excellent for work of short duration, or as a means of access. However, the HSE has responded to the fact that many employers use ladders as the working platform for work which is carried out often, or over a long period of time. This has resulted in many injuries from falls from height. Ladders have not been banned, however you need to show that it was not reasonable to select alternative equipment (e.g. because the work was of low risk or short duration)

Our Company only has people working on computers – we don’t need a Health and Safety System just for that!

Even computer operators need good Health and Safety! In 2005/06 an estimated 2 Million people suffered from ill health – three quarters of which were musculoskeletal disorders (e.g. upper limb or back problems), or stress, depression or anxiety. If you haven’t put measures in place to protect these workers, then you’re also not protecting your business.

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