Firms are ignoring health and safety, RoSPA says
Posted by Ben Alexander.
Many firms are completely ignoring areas of health and safety and putting people at risk of accidents as a result, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has said.
Such organisations might want to consider using health and safety signs to alert employees to potential dangers.
According to Roger Bibbings, RoSPA's occupational safety adviser, almost every potential hazard is overlooked.
"Road risk, ergonomics, stress, skin health, noise and vibration, fire – just about every conceivable hazard is often overlooked," he said.
RoSPA's warning comes as an article published by the BBC revealed that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is planning to reduce its unannounced workplace visits by a third, in response to a proposed 35 per cent cut in its government grant.
Mr Bibbings went on to say that a lax attitude to health and safety is endemic in some organisations.
"Most troubling of all, directors do not lead the way when it comes to health and safety, workers are not involved in health and safety, and firms do not access expert advice when they need to," he said.
"None of these things has to cost the earth – and if you think safety is expensive, try having an accident."
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