A safety charity has launched a new ‘literacy’ guide to help improve understanding of workplace health and safety best practice. 

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), which campaigns to reduce injury rates in the UK, has created the ‘Little Book of Big Ideas’, a free and downloadable 22-page booklet providing advice on key occupational health and safety issues. Guidance includes how to recognise, assess and prevent risks, and how to implement effective management systems and instil a safety-focussed culture within an organisation. 

RoSPA hopes that the guide will help limit the number of accidents at work, and ensure both employers and employees are “risk literate” and able to answer questions about “when, where, how, why and to whom do accidents happen?” 

“Our accident at work specialists are proud to campaign for improved health and safety standards at work, and we hope this guide encourages employers to review and improve their current procedures.”

Charlotte Mackulin, Thompsons accident at work solicitor

Thompsons Solicitors has represented thousands of workers who have been injured as a result of negligent employers, and played a significant role in the creation of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, which placed responsibility on employers to protect the welfare of their employees at work.

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“Many UK employers understand the importance of, and adhere to, the health and safety legislation set out more than 40 years ago,” said Charlotte Mackulin, a workplace accident solicitor at Thompsons Solicitors, “But shockingly some act as if they are above the law and continue to put their workforce at risk every day.” 

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), 1.3 million people suffered a work-related illness between 2015 and 2016, and 144 died following an accident at work. During the same period, an estimated 30.4 billion working days were lost as a result of illness and injury in the workplace. 

Charlotte continued: “Good health and safety practice in the workplace is imperative to the wellbeing of workers and employers should not view it as a second-rate priority. With free and easily-accessible health and safety information - like RoSPA’s new booklet - available at the click of a button, there really is no excuse for employers to ignore it.

“Our accident at work specialists are proud to campaign for improved health and safety standards at work, and we hope this guide encourages employers to review and improve their current procedures.”