This is the question many companies, especially small businesses, ask
themselves and a question that IOSH is always trying to answer. In October
2001, IOSH attempted to provide some help on the subject with the launch of the
‘Safe start up’ website, which can be found at www.safestartup.org
Safestartup aimed to provide essential guidance for small businesses to help
them understand and meet their health and safety obligations. The original
site, which was discussed in the November 2001 ‘IOSH Update’, is now undergoing
a refurbishment and the second version will be available by the end of October
The site, presented by IOSH and sponsored by Norwich Union Insurance, is
supported by HSE and the Small Business Service and includes information on,
and links to, the relevant bodies and organisations in England, Scotland,
Wales, Northern Ireland and Eire. In addition, it will also provide guidance on
job/industry/sector-specific hazards and controls.
A limited version two will be on show for delegates, later this month, at
the IOSH 2003 Annual Conference and Exhibition.
Visit the IOSH stand at the Scottish Exhibition &Conference Centre,
Glasgow, from 23-24 April, where the advantages of the new version will be
If you can’t make the conference, just connect to www.safestartup.org and
let Alex, the friendly website guide, lead you through it.