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Michael W White
Occupational Safety Consultant
Michael W White Associates Ltd
Employers must ensure that the health and safety risks arising from their organisation’s activities are properly managed.
There is a legal requirement under Regulation 7 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 for an employer to have access to ‘competent’ health and safety advice, that is ‘competent’ to identify and understand the hazards arising from work and put in place controls to reduce the risks from hazards to acceptable and tolerable risks.
Legal compliance is not only the reason that needs to be considered. There are potential costs from accidents or occupational ill health which need to be reduced or controlled.
However, a proactive approach can put a strain on company resources in terms of allocating personnel, time and sourcing expertise whilst trying to make sense of ever changing legislation.
Employing a health and safety consultant reduces the need to reallocate key personnel from their main duties, providing greater utilisation of resources with associated savings in operating costs.