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Skimping on health and safety is always a mistake

If your firm is feeling the financial pinch, you might be looking for ways to save cash. Indeed, there are bound to be certain areas in which you can cut back. However, make sure safety isn’t one of them.

Regardless of how much pressure your organisation is under, it’s vital that you don’t skimp on health and safety. If you do, the consequences could be disastrous both for your personnel and for the future of your company.

Your responsibilities

Under UK laws, you’re required to meet certain minimum standards of risk management and, if you fall beneath these, you’ll face potentially serious repercussions.

Also, even one lapse in your health and safety systems could result in accidents that cause serious harm to your workers. Dealing with the human suffering and feelings of guilt associated with incidents like this is extremely tough.

A savvy approach

Thankfully, there are ways in which you can ensure the quality of your health and safety systems with optimum efficiency. For example, here at Simply-Docs we offer a range of health and safety documents that can help you to fulfil your obligations, protect your personnel and remain on the right side of the law.

The documents include up-to-date templates such as health and safety policies and risk assessment forms and they represent superb value for money. For only £35 plus VAT, you can download any template in the Health and Safety Document Folder at any time over a one-year period. This unlimited download access includes updates and additions for the duration of the subscription.

Making your life easier

As well as helping to ensure your processes are as effective and efficient as possible, these templates can also make your life easier. You’ll have peace of mind that you’re conforming to the law and you’ll benefit from additional guidance and information.

To check out our health and safety documents, and to see the rest of our document templates, just take a look around our website.

Health and safety in the spotlight

If ever you need reminding of the significance of effective risk management, just take a look at the figures provided by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) which reveal that, over the period from April 2011 to March 2012, a total of 173 workers were fatally injured.

Meanwhile, there were 22,433 major injuries such as amputations, fractures and burns and employees suffered 88,731 other injuries serious enough to keep them off work for four or more days. In addition, an estimated 1.1 million individuals said they were suffering from an illness caused or made worse by their work.

Commenting in a press release towards the end of 2012, Chair of HSE, Judith Hackitt noted that “Britain has earned the reputation of being one of the safest places in Europe to work, but there is still plenty of room for improvement.”

Organisation is key

The key to effective health and safety management is organisation. As long as you use the right documents and stick to systematic and thorough policies, you should be able to keep control of this aspect of your firm – and our document templates should make this task easier.

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