All employers 'must be proactive in preventing accidents at work'

Employers must take steps to train their members of staff in health and safety measures in order to reduce the number of injuries caused by accidents at work.

That is according to Roger Bibbings, occupational safety adviser at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), who has insisted that such policies need to be incorporated into all aspects of employee development.

Mr Bibbings noted that all workers must be both trained initially in health and safety when they first join an organisation as part of their induction period, as well as if their circumstances change and they face "new hazards or take on managerial responsibilities", as well as when they have to learn new skills.

"All firms need a health and safety training strategy as part of their overall employee development plans," he added.

This comes after research by Aviva revealed that 2.4 million working days were lost in the manufacturing industry in 2009-10 due to accidents at work and ill health.

By Craig Williams

28/04/2011 13:32