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Businesses with reasonable behaviour won't breach safety laws

19th October 2012 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

Companies that conduct reasonable behaviour will not breach health and safety rules, it has been claimed.

Speaking to the Commons, business minister Matthew Hancock explained that while it is crucial that employees are protected from genuine threats, reasonable precautions should be perceived as acceptable.

"Those who behave reasonably will not have a reason to fear health and safety and those who think carefully and responsibly about the businesses they run will know they are behaving in not only a way that is reasonable but also a way that is lawful," Mr Hancock stated.

He went on to say that such rules will help the UK's businesses to compete, reducing the number of potential burdens on them.

His comments come after the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) stressed that it has concerns regarding the wellbeing of staff in projects where company reputation is not a priority.

The group suggested that a number of workers in construction supply chains are "far removed" from effective standards of welfare.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801472593-ADNFCR


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