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67% Of Small Firms Say They Experienced A Workplace Accident In 2012 Compared To 53% In 2011.
Research released by Peninsula Business Services shows more small businesses experienced workplace accidents in 2012 compared to 2011.
-74% of small businesses are confident they have sufficient Health & Safety practices in place.
-32% of small firms are unaware of what a risk assessment is.
Peninsula Group Director, Alan Price said today “A lot of small businesses have the view that Health & Safety is not important, those employers need to re-evaluate their thinking. I can understand they have other priorities, trying to grow a business, keeping customers happy whilst trying to make money. Unfortunately if you have an accident on your premises then the repercussions could be huge, look at the financial impact, the negative PR, the worry is not worth it. Having your business prepared for Health & Safety will not only reduce the impact of any accidents, but could save you from some hefty pay-outs.”
Price continues “Remember that Health & Safety is not just your responsibility, you have to ensure that all of your workforce are sufficiently trained. All your employees need to know how to work safely and without risks to both their own health and that of their co-workers. Giving your workers the right knowledge and skills is not only a legal duty but it can also have major benefits to your business.”
Price concludes “Draw up a clear Health & Safety policy, even if you have a small number of employees then you must have a written policy. Assess any areas that may pose potential risks or hazards. Once identified consider if there are any measures you could put in place to ensure a safer workplace. Employees should also help their employer by helping to keep a safe working environment, managing the risks and informing their employer if there is something substantially wrong.”