Health and safety is one of those areas, like redundancy and dismissal, where smaller businesses tend to take shortcuts. It is not advisable. Not only are you placing your staff at risk, but co-workers and members of the public may also find themselves in harm’s way.
Extremely high compensation claims may be the result of proven negligence on your part. Health and safety is dealt with under criminal, not employment law, so it is essential that you are fully compliant with the latest requirements. You have a duty of care for the safety of all individuals associated with your business, and as a business owner have a duty to carry out regular risk assessments.
It also makes excellent business sense. Regardless of the number of employees in your organisation, being able to demonstrate a comprehensive health and safety structure is an important part of any tender to win new business. Especially if your prospective client operates in the public sector.
Health and safety law applies to all businesses of all sizes. It covers all employees, whether full or part-time, permanent or temporary, work experience, apprentices and charity workers.