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Office space safety checks could disappear altogether

Office space safety is a major concern for business owners – particularly as modern office spaces are more flexible and it is more difficult to keep tabs on staff throughout the working day.

However, according to the BBC, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is planning to dramatically reduce its inspections remit – cutting assessment of entire sectors in some cases.

The move by the HSE is an attempt to reduce its operating costs in the wake of 35 per cent budget cuts.

However, the HSE has said that no final decisions on its inspection regime have been made and the organisation warned employers against cutting back on health and safety compliance in the office space.

Professor Rory O’Neill, editor of the safety magazine Hazards, said that cutting inspections could be bad for UK workers.
He told the BBC: “The most robust studies show that inspection plus enforcement are associated with a decline in injury rates of 22 per cent.”

Recently, Tom Reeve, editor of securitynewsdesk.com, said CCTV could be a good way for firms to boost health and safety in the workplace.

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