Are we too obsessed about Health & Safety in this country? Should we be more like the French who employ a tenth of the Health and Safety inspectors that we do? Or is the safety of the workforce paramount and something that cannot be over-emphasised?
Health and safety in the workplace affects everyone - the boss, employees and customer alike. Brighton & Hove City Council is inviting people to have their say on the city’s annual Health and Safety Service Plan.
The draft plan sets out the aims and objectives of the council’s Health and Safety team.These include:
- Preventative work to reduce injuries and ill-health in the workplace
- Investigating complaints by employees about health and safety risks
- Ensuring clubs, pubs, theatres and other entertainment venues are run safely
- Carrying out food safety and hygiene checks at restaurants, cafes and other catering establishments
- Dealing with complaints about noise and pollution from commercial premises
- Providing advice and information to employers and staff on subjects such as manual handling, hazardous substances, machinery use, noise and vibration, and fire risks
The city council’s health and safety team is seeking comments and feedback from interested parties before the plan is finalised. So if you think we don’t go far enough in looking after the safety of the workforce or alternatively if you would like to see a more ‘laissez faire’ approach now’s your chance to have a say.
Copies of the draft annual Health and Safety Service Plan are available for reference in libraries in the city and on the health and safety page of the council’s website at www.brighton-hove.gov.uk. For a copy of the plan contact the Health & Safety and Licensing Team at Bartholomew House, Bartholomew Square, Brighton, BN1 1JP or phone 01273 294429.
Closing date for comments is March 30.
Read related items on:
Brighton & Hove City Council