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HSE launches free, new, on line system for small businesses

A radical revamp of the way small businesses access official advice about health and safety online has been launched.

The new Health and Safety Toolbox is the latest in a package of online guidance, bringing together in one place everything a small, low-risk business could need to manage health and safety. Written with busy firms in mind, it makes it easy to find relevant guidance on specific risks with a few clicks of the mouse.

It builds on Health and Safety Made Simple which provides sufficient basic information for large numbers of low risk businesses.

The package of guidance - developed by the Health and Safety Executive with the support of businesses will help business owners and employers avoid wasting precious time reading what they don't need to, wasting money on unnecessary bureaucracy or resorting to hiring costly consultants.

Judith Hackitt, the HSE Chair, left, said:

HSE Chairwoman"This package is everything small and low risk businesses could need to manage health and safety, online and free.

"It will help businesses save time and money by getting them focusing on the real risks, guiding them to what is relevant for them and steering them away from what's not.

"By going online and working through it for themselves, for free, we hope low-risk SMEs will realise that they don't need expensive consultancy or reams of paperwork to manage their responsibilities. It is of no benefit to businesses or workers if over the top precautions are introduced."

To get started follow the prompts on the right of the new-look homepage of HSE's website.

For some very useful HSE information on workplace transport including forklift trucks click here.