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BSIF backs European health and safety initiative

06 October 2009

The British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) has thrown itself behind this month’s European Week for Safety and Health at work. The week is held from October 19 to 25 and is organised by the European Campaign for Safety and Health at Work and is supported by the Health and Safety Executive.

As part of a two year campaign to promote the benefits of completing and implementing a risk assessment, European Week seeks to demystify the risk assessment process; show that risk assessment is not necessarily complicated; and provide information to help employers complete the process.

With its central purpose to support and represent suppliers, the BSIF acts as a valuable information source, providing direction in all health and safety matters including risk assessment.

David Hall, chairman for the BSIF comments: "One of the core aims of the BSIF is to help improve safety and health in the work place. We therefore fully support The European Campaign for Safety and Health at Work’s objectives to raise the awareness of risk assessment and to identify and recognise good practice. Companies need to be informed on all the main issues regarding risk assessment and be reminded that following the amendments to the Health & Safety Offences Act 2008, it is obligatory to comply with health and safety regulations.

"Assessing the risks posed within a work place, understanding current legislation and then facing the wide range of personal protective equipment (PPE) available can be a daunting task for many employers. European Week will help to show companies that practical support and advice is available from bodies such as the BSIF."

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