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External influences 'can improve health and safety'

External influences 'can improve health and safety'

Employers should consider recruiting external professional assistance in order to reduce the likelihood of accidents at work taking place on their premises.

That is the opinion of Jane White, research and information services manager at the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Iosh), who believes bosses without the requisite skills to encourage safer working practices should outsource.

Ms White explained that ensuring workers are safe while completing their duties is one of the most important aspects of managing effectively and while it is usually best to have someone internally to control such policies, this is not always possible.

However, the Iosh official noted factors such as a lack of capacity or funding, meaning they should sometimes look outside for a fresh pair of eyes to run the rule over their practices.

"Even if you have someone in-house, you are still going to want at times that external influence," she added.

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Posted by Trusha Vyas