Health & Safety Executive (HSE) Launches Toolbox

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has launched Toolbox, a free online guide to managing workplace risks. Toolbox is the latest in a package of online guidance from the HSE, bringing together everything a small, low-risk business should need to manage health and safety. Health And Safety Made Simple, which was launched in 2011, sits alongside the new Toolbox as a support package for low risk firms.

Oonagh Newcomen at the HSE said: “Written with busy firms in mind, Toolbox makes it easy to find relevant guidance on specific risks with a few clicks of the mouse. It builds on Health And Safety Made Simple, which provides sufficient basic information for large numbers of low risk businesses.

“Developed by the HSE with the support of businesses, it draws together tailored information, guiding busy firms and their owners to what is relevant to them and steering them away from what isn’t. It will help employers avoid wasting precious time reading what they don’t need to, wasting money on unnecessary bureaucracy or even hiring consultants to get the advice they need.”

Core health and safety issues relating to business type, workforce and workplace are set out in plain English and sections on the most common risks, such as manual handling, trip hazards and harmful substances are included, as well as tools to help with risk assessments.

Oonagh said: “Faced with so many demands on their time, it is understandable that many business owners turn to consultants for specialist advice. But the truth is, for many low-risk small firms, buying in expert advice is not necessary. Common sense and a good understanding of how a business operates is all anyone using the Toolbox needs to get to grips with what the law requires.

“Before anyone makes the decision to bring in a consultant, we would urge them to take a look at the Toolbox. It might not only save them money but also some very valuable time too.”

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