Health and safety 'is a priority'

Three-quarters of businesses in the UK are protecting employees from work injuries and themselves from injury compensation claims by maintaining external health and safety consultants, according to research by insurer Aviva.

Some 90 per cent also employ a dedicated and competent person in their business who is tasked with keeping the workplace safe.

While it is good news to hear that most businesses are not cutting back on their health and safety responsibilities during the recession, Aviva Risk Management Solutions’ Kevin Chicken said it is important to ensure all firms make it a priority.

"Businesses must recognise that cutting their health and safety budget is a false economy and that it should remain a top priority to ensure the safety of employees and the reputation of the business itself," he said.

Aviva recently advised all employers to give health and safety particular attention where it concerns young workers, as they are at increased risk of accidents and work injuries.ADNFCR-2070-ID-19289786-ADNFCR

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