The European Commission has adopted a new strategic framework for health and safety at work, which will run until 2020.
A healthy workforce is critical to the success of a small business and our members take their responsibilities very seriously.
We want any future health and safety strategy to be kept as simple as possible, so small firms know what’s required of them and how best to comply.
We called for a balanced approach to the introduction of changes to the Health and Safety Strategy in the EU. Small firms need a healthy workforce to operate. Rather than a blanket approach to future regulation changes, we call for policymakers to ‘Think Small First’.
This will assess the impact of changes on small businesses and avoid over burdening them and our members with unnecessary red tape. Small businesses operating within a tightly regulated domestic market may be at risk of being undercut by firms operating out of a different EU member state, with less rigorous rules. Minimum standards can play an important role in avoiding this situation.