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Govt health and safety red tape report labelled wrong

17th October 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

The government's health and safety red tape report has been labelled as wrong by the Institution of Safety and Health (IOSH).

The document was presented by its authors to the weekly Cabinet meeting in Downing Street and covered the "30 worst threats to small firms", advising small businesses to be exempt from keeping written safety assessments.

Richard Jones, head of policy and public affairs at IOSH, said: "It’s important to remember that health and safety failures in the UK cost society a staggering £13.4 billion per year, double this once you take into account the cost of occupational cancers and property damage."

Mr Jones believes health and safety has been misunderstood in the latest report, as it is incorrectly viewed as a hindrance to business.

He claimed that small firms need more assistance from the government to promote free tools to make risk assessments easier to manage,ADNFCR-2754-ID-801650561-ADNFCR


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