New H&S proposals could cut £600m of business costs

Employers
may have to investigate all reportable safety incidents in the workplace under
new proposals by the Health and Safety Commission.

It would
become compulsory for all companies to investigate all reportable work-related accidents,
ill health or near misses that could have resulted in serious injury.

HSC has
launched a consultation on the proposals and wants to amend health and safety
law.

Organisations
would have to keep a record that an investigation had been carried out and its
conclusions considered in revising the workplace risk assessment. The records
would be kept for a minimum of three years and could be examined by the HSE and
its inspectors.

The HSC
has launched a consultation on the proposal, based on estimates that businesses
could save £600 million if employers investigated every reportable incident and
acted upon the findings.

www.hse.gov.uk/condocs

By Katie Hawkins.
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