Health and Safety 2020
By Simple Sensible Safety
This book covers all the key elements of health and safety as it stands as a discipline at the beginning of 2020. It provides a quick reference, focussing on hazards in the workplace and practical controls of risk. The aim has been to present the health and safety processes so that, if these are understood, appropriate solutions to a very large range of health and safety issues can be developed.
Reference is made throughout this book to UK legislation. However, a conscious effort has been made to not let this drive the contents because the author feels that understanding the hazards and processes is a much better way of making sure risks are controlled. Clearly legal compliance is important, but it is important to remember that legislation is developed because an issue exists. Therefore, if you have dealt with the issue appropriately you will normally have done more than enough to comply with legislation and your solution is likely to be more appropriate to your business than if you had only done what the legislation requires.
This update is coming out at an interesting time for health and safety in the UK. After several years of relatively little change, the perception that health and safety is a burden on industry and society as a whole, combined with challenging economic climate has resulted in efforts to ‘simplify’ legislation and the way it is implemented.