Revamp for health and safety advice from HSE
The Health and Safety Executive has launched a radical revamp of the way small businesses access official advice about health and safety online.
The new Health and Safety Toolbox brings everything a small, low-risk business could need to know about managing Health and Safety to one place.
The package of guidance – which was developed in conjunction with business owners- will help employers avoid wasting precious time reading what they don't need to, wasting money on unnecessary bureaucracy or resorting to hiring costly consultants.
Judith Hackitt, the HSE Chair, said: "This package is everything small and low risk businesses could need to manage health and safety, online and for free.
"It will help businesses save time and money by getting them focusing on the real risks, guiding them to what is relevant for them and steering them away from what's not.
"By going online and working through it for themselves, for free, we hope low-risk SMEs will realise that they don't need expensive consultancy or reams of paperwork to manage their responsibilities.”
The toolkit includes simple guides and interactive tools on how to identify, assess and control common workplace hazards. There are also sections on the most common risks - such as manual handling, trip hazards and harmful substances - as well as tips on protective equipment, all set out in plain English.
To get started follow the prompts on the right of the new-look homepage of HSE's website at www.hse.gov.uk