Commercial Health & Safety Consultancy

Commercial Health & Safety Consultancy

Assisting employers and duty holders to understand and fulfil their legal responsibilities in accordance with the health and safety legislation

Commercial Health & Safety

In accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, employers are required to ensure as far as reasonably practicable the health, safety and welfare of their employees whilst at work, and ensure others are not endangered from their business undertaking. The amount of expertise and time necessary to comply with legislation will largely depend on the size of the organisation and the type of business undertaking. However, in all circumstances the management of health and safety must be suitable and sufficient.

Recent statistics suggest that approx. 630,000 injuries occur every recorded in the workplace every year. 457,000 of these require up to 6 days off work. 154,000 require more than 7 days absence, and 154 are fatal. Direct costs to employers reach a value of 2.5bn. Time taken to investigate accidents, managing insurance claims, providing cover staff and loss of reputation are not compensated with insurance.

The Corporate Manslaughter Act of 2007 is very clear that individuals can be prosecuted under criminal law for serious breaches of Health & Safety law. The Health & Safety Offences Act 2008 raised the maximum fine for offences in the lower courts from £5,000 to £20,000. It also increased the number of offences for which an individual can be imprisoned.

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