Irish Health and Safety Authority launches new safety tool kit for small businesses
The Irish Health and Safety Authority has launched a new safety tool kit for small businesses with the aim of providing guidance on the new General Application Regulations 2007. The new tool kit is designed specifically with the needs of small and micro businesses in mind and provides practical checklists to help them improve standards of safety, health and welfare.
According to Martin O’Halloran, Chief Executive Officer of the Health and Safety Authority, “the General Application Regulations 2007 are comprehensive and wide ranging and this innovative new toolkit provides hands-on guidance developed with the unique needs of small and micro businesses in mind.”
He added, “it is vital that small and micro business owners do not see safety and health as something only big employers should be concerned with. The safety and health of employees must be a priority for all organisations, regardless of whether they employ 5 or 5000 staff.”
The new toolkit provides guidance on all elements of the General Application Regulations including manual handling, noise, display screen equipment, safety signs and pregnant, post natal and breastfeeding employees.
It was developed following widespread consultations with key small business representative bodies and the format is designed to provide support in a straightforward and user-friendly manner.
“Small and micro businesses feature strongly in the Health and Safety Authority’s programme of work for 2008 and initiatives that are appropriate to their size and informal structures will continue to be developed”, added O’Halloran.
“I urge small and micro business owners and managers to prioritise safety and health and to promote a positive and proactive attitude within their organisations.”