Should Some Businesses Take Health and Safety More Seriously Than Others?
Businesses come in all different sizes and vary even more widely in the activities that they are engaged in. The sheer number of different industries which exist means that there is a tremendous amount of variety in terms of the processes which take place and the most prevalent dangers that are present and could put the safety of workers in jeopardy.
Even though it is the duty and responsibility of managers of any place of work to make sure that all reasonable precautions have been made to prevent illness or injury to people, the nature of certain industries will make some places of work inherently more dangerous than others.
As an example, an office will still contain numerous hazards such as:
This means that office safety is still an important consideration and needs addressing, but an office will not normally be as dangerous a place to work as somewhere like a foundry which will also contain many of the risks mentioned above, but these same risks will usually cause much more damage to health should they take place. For instance, the hazardous substances found in most offices are likely to cause little more than mild irritation were they to come into contact with a person's skin, but in other workplaces the hazardous substances used for the processes could cause severe burns. Similarly, most objects found in an office are relatively small and light and may still be painful if they were to fall on somebody but would hopefully not cause too much damage to their body. But in a foundry or similar heavy works, items are extremely heavy and can cause instant death or severe crush injuries were there to be an accident when moving work-in-progress or a finished item from one place to another.
So should these businesses take health and safety more seriously than others? Generally speaking, the answer is no. Managers of all businesses, no matter what the perceived level of risk, should do all that is reasonably practical to prevent harm coming to their employees, the environment or members of the public who may be affected by the activities of the company. Rather than "taking health and safety more seriously", a more apt view would be that managers of businesses engaged in higher risk activities need to ensure that the safety measures in place are robust and comprehensive enough to cope with the potential dangers which exist.
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