Blog posts • Oct 12, 2012 17:05 BST
Businesses often claim employees are their most valuable asset, so why do so many insist on keeping their health and safety and employee wellbeing programmes completely distinct from one another?
Health and safety is an integral part of employee health and wellbeing and it is important that employers are aware of the upcoming changes in the law. While there may be occasions where officials act over-zealous – as highlighted by a government report in August – the constantly evolving health and safety landscape is one that employers cannot ignore and it must be taken seriously.
This autumn, for example, will see the completion of consultations on three significant health and safety areas: the prevention of “sharps” injuries in hospitals, the simplification of accident reporting protocols, and plans to exempt some self-employed people from health and safety legislation.
Provisional figures from the Health and Safety Executive in August 2012 show the number of workers fatally injured in the UK in the past year was largely unchanged in the year before - in large part because of ongoing and rigorous health and safety law inspection and enforcement.
Health and safety laws may be something that many people object to, but when it comes to employee health, safety and wellbeing, it is most definitely there for a reason and serves a purpose.
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