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first_img Previous Article Next Article Report reveals variable approach to health and safety by top companiesAn independent report has cast doubt on the commitment of top British firmsto safety, despite publicity surrounding rail crashes and the corporatemanslaughter law. Business information specialist Gee Publishing quizzed FTSE 100 companiesabout their approach to health and safety and found commitment was variable andinformation was not always available. High-risk sectors such as mining and chemicals were happy to discuss theissue, but not one retail firm in the FTSE 100 was prepared to divulgeinformation on health and safety, said Gee. “This is despite theirconstant contact with the general public and the fact that employees in theretail sector are four times more likely to sustain a major injury at work thanan office-based employee.” Among low-risk sectors, the financial sector came out best, demonstratingwell-established systems and an openness to discuss the issue, with 3i rankingtop. But even among these firms, only four named a board member as the personwith ultimate responsibility for health and safety. The biggest single issue for office-based work is the use of display screenequipment and risks of repetitive strain injury and upper limb disorders. “There is a lack of benchmarking data, largely due to the lack ofpublished information,” said report author Karen Pearson. www.safety-now.co.uk Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Firms evasive on safetyOn 1 Dec 2000 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more