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Sandwell council signs Sensible Risk charter

4th November 2009 | Health and Safety Signs

A local council has signed up to the Sensible Risk charter from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to help protect its workers.

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council has joined the pledge which shows a commitment to making sure employees are protected, including having the correct health and safety signs in the workplace.

The Sensible Risk charter aims to help firms reduce real risks without creating a large amount of paperwork or exaggerating trivial risks.

Peter Galsworthy, head of operations for the West Midlands at the HSE, said: "We're not here to scare people or to overreact to trivial risks. Instead, our role is to remind employers they have a duty to protect their staff and that they should be taking simple but sensible steps to achieve that."

Stuart Kellas, executive director of finance and corporate services at Sandwell council, added that the local authority is responsible for the safety of many employees and members of the public, saying that it needs to be sensible about risks at work.

The HSE said the principles of the Sensible Risk charter are to enable innovations, ensure workers are protected, teach employees about responsibility and provide a benefit to society.ADNFCR-2754-ID-19442138-ADNFCR


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