Health and safety laws not restrictive to firms

Companies should not view health and safety law as something that is restrictive to their operations, an expert has said.

Director of policy and research at the British Safety Council Neal Stone emphasised that firms should seek business advice to see how the laws can be integrated without creating a burden.

"We see health and safety as an enabler. Evidence shows that organisations who manage health and safety effectively are the ones who manage their businesses well," he explained.

Mr Stone suggested that being compliant with the legislation helps companies protect their bottom line, while also enabling them to compete on a wider scale.

Furthermore, he indicated that workplace motivation will be improved, while the turnover of staff is likely to be reduced.

Employment minister Chris Grayling recently revealed that a review of health and safety laws would be carried out across England and Wales.

Published on: March 25, 2011

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