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Scottish firms could see high health and safety costs

17th September 2012 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

Scottish companies could see their expenses increase rapidly due to new laws that aim to recover the costs of workplace accidents.

Speaking to the BBC, Central Insurance claimed that the rules implemented by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) could cost businesses thousands of pounds.

The organisation believes the new measures underline the need for firms to put detailed risk management processes in place.

Martin Gray, risk manager at Central Insurance, told the news provider: "HSE has the same problem as other government bodies in that it has to find ways to provide the same service with a smaller budget and these new laws form part of how it's planning to do that."

One organisation that has commended the new measures is the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), which believes that the decision will represent good news for businesses.

Dr Adam Marshall, director of policy and external affairs at the British Retail Consortium, stressed that the government's success will be measured by reductions in business costs.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801450216-ADNFCR


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