Government announces that small businesses will be inspected less frequently!
On first reading this may seem like very good news for the hard pressed employer. Amenity horticultural businesses can be subject to inspections by HSE or the local authority EHO, or both in some cases. A health and safety visit to the employer who already has a safety management system in place can bring reassurance and provide the opportunity to ask questions about the right approach to tackle a particular regulation; indeed the experienced health and safety inspector can often prevent a lot of time washing and irrelevant work by the busy manager who doesn’t understand how to interpret the law for his particular work area.
For the employer who has not yet reached an acceptable level of health and safety compliance, perhaps has lost momentum, or lost a key member of the management team, this is not good news at all. Without someone ‘looking over your shoulder’ and providing that all important nudge forward there is a very real risk of a prosecution in the event of an accident. This is particularly so where the lack of effective policies and procedures were relevant to the causes of the accident.
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