Many businesses in the UK have no idea what health and safety legislation they are supposed to comply with and some are unable to dedicate the money and time to reducing the number of accidents at work.
Michael Slade, managing director at Bibby Consulting and Support, said that it is often harder for smaller firms to comply with the latest health and safety legislation.
He explained that businesses employing more than 50 people have more money to dedicate to keeping up to speed with new regulations and changes to existing measures, while a ten-person company often struggles to keep up with the pace of change.
The failure of smaller firms to dedicate resources to health and safety has the potential to increase the number of accidents at work.
Mr Slade added: "The government changes health and safety legislation maybe twice a year, so they at least try to calendar it so you know something is coming up."
He said that firms should be reading changes to health and safety regulations and thinking about how the alterations will affect the business and the safety of the workforce.
The expert noted that the current economic climate has not helped firms that are looking to dedicate money and people to health and safety issues.
Many businesses have been cutting back on costs, which for some has meant risk assessments and keeping up to date with workplace regulations.
"It would be nice to have, as a small company, someone with a quarter or a half of their job responsibility to be looking after health and safety – it just may be something that a business owner or director can't simply afford at the moment," Mr Slade concluded.
Posted by Verity Taylor