A butt of jokes as it might well be for many business owners and employees alike, in reality workplace health and safety is not a laughing matter. Nor is it a modern symptom of political correctness gone mad. It is specifically designed to provide companies with guidelines to which they must adhere in order to remain on the right side of the law. If businesses overlook the seriousness of health and safety compliance at work and accidents and injuries occur, payouts and reputations can be damaged, sometimes irreparably, if claims by staff are upheld.
As is often the case with other aspects of employment law, businesses of a variety of sizes can be caught out and fall prey to employment tribunal action through ignorance. Whilst this by no means constitutes an excuse, it might be that a small business owner with only a handful of staff has never even considered that they are legally obliged to carry out regular risk assessments and appoint a trained First Aider. Other SME companies might have given passing consideration to health and safety measures, landing them at the feet of their human resources representative who is lacking time and specific understanding.
Regardless of individual company circumstances, it has proved to be a great idea that has also worked in practice for many businesses to outsource their health and safety policies to professional experts. Whilst the ultimate onus remains with businesses to ensure daily compliance in real terms, they can benefit tremendously from outsourced advice and experience offered cost effectively.
At NorthgateArinso Employer Services, we understand that employment law and health and safety matters can be, quite frankly, something of a time consuming bore to business owners. To us they are our field of expertise. Such is our belief in the quality of our service that our indemnity insurance covers the defence of any claims brought against clients with whom we are on board.
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