HSE improves safety alert service
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has improved its safety alert system with the aim of reducing accidents in the workplace.
Companies already have a responsibility to provide warning signs and follow several other procedures in order to prevent their employees from sustaining injuries.
However, the HSE has revamped its Safety Bulletin tool, which warns firms about different types of equipment, processes and substances that could prove dangerous.
Automatic updates are now available via email, text message or RSS feed, with the body demonstrating the benefits at a recent workshop entitled 'Safety Alerts: Everyone has a role to play - what's yours?'
"With this new and updated way of issuing safety alerts, we are initiating a better, joined up approach to sharing information that will help towards reducing death and injury at work," said HSE chair Judith Hackitt.
"We are encouraged by the positive response we have already seen from a number of sectors, but we need to get all areas involved to maximise the benefits of this approach."
Last week, manufacturing firm Romtech was fined after one of its workers sustained a broken arm in a rotating drill bit accident - highlighting the importance of safety signs.
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