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Health and safety regulations for SME's: An increase in risk

Posted by Altius on Nov 29, 2012 12:02:51 PM

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Latest Health and Safety Executive (HSE) figures, which show a rise in deaths among self employed construction workers of 23 out of 49 construction sector deaths in 2011/12, underline the dangers of potential confusion around health and safety policy for the self employed.

The increased number of fatality figures for self employed construction workers has been highlighted by UCATT, which is worried that the government's proposals to remove some low risk self employed workers from health and safety legislation might in future be extended to the construction industry.

The Altius online risk and health and safety assessment is tailored to the specific tasks that contractors will perform and so ensures that they meet the appropriate legislative requirements according to the likely risks they may encounter. This also ensures that their clients are able to achieve good, but appropriate health and safety standards and demonstrate due diligence through their supply chain.

The Altius online supplier accreditation and management system takes an evidence-based approach to checking supplier competences – from health and safety compliance through to financial health, environmental performance, customer service and corporate social responsibility.

Altius is a member of Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP), providing its Assured Vendors with the widest possible recognition of their status under mutual recognition arrangements.

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