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Health and Safety Sector Changes Expected
Posted by David Cant on March 6, 2011
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There has been a large debate into Health and Safety procedures over the last few weeks which have come to a head on Friday.  Under new changes it is now essential that all safety consultants are fully registered.  The talks have come at a time when the first ever conviction was made under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act against Cotswold Geotechnical.

The new developments will have a huge impact on Health and Safety in the workplace, at a time when the HSE reports show that the amount of deaths in the workplace in the East Midlands have risen since the year previous.

The Industries in the East Midlands Cause Many Health and Safety Problems

One of the problems with Health and Safety in the East Midlands alone is that there are many industrial sectors which pose multiple issues. Many agriculture and manufacturing companies can be found throughout this area and this means the operation of large and dangerous machinery.  These machines increase the dangers in the workplace, and mean that more health and safety policies need to be in place and strictly monitored.

The prosecution against Cotswold Geotechnical for the death of one of their employees means that managers and Health and Safety consultants will now pay closer attention to any breaches in the policies which are in place.  The HSE also hope that more risk assessment will be carried out in order to greatly reduce the death toll of individuals in the work place.

Small companies need to be aware that they are able to be convicted under the new manslaughter and homicide Act as well as larger businesses.  This is despite the Act being introduced in order to change the way that larger companies, such as Network Rail, are dealt with after fatal accidents.

Improving Economy Should Mean an Improved Health and Safety Record

The East Midlands is currently enjoying an improved upturn in economy which is a welcomed relief for many businesses in the area.  The Health and Safety Executive is hoping that companies will pay attention to the latest conviction and take the time to ensure they are following the Health and Safety Regulations within the workplace.  Otherwise many more companies could go out of business due to large fines as a result of negligence.

The fines that can be imposed are completely unlimited.  This means that any company found guilty could lose out on any profits they bring in, risk ruining their reputation and end up being forced to go into administration.

Excellent Health and Safety Policies Must Be in Place

All of this can be avoided if time is spent making sure everyone in the workplace is fully aware of all the Health and Safety policies which are in place.  A workplace health and safety assessment allows you to be informed of any risks and potential dangers you have within your company.  By


David Cant is a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner extraordinaire. He has a wealth of Industry experience and is the MD of Veritas Consulting. David also Blogs about Health and Safety here Health and Safety Consultants

His aim is to flavour Health and Safety with integrity, served with a side of humour You can find David on - Twitter and Google also Linkedin

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One Comment

  1. June 13, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Great article you have here. It’s worth reading it. I’ve learned something from your post thanks a lot!

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