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Are SMEs more aware of health and safety?

A European Agency for Safety and Health at Work report states that Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), are improving their standards of health and safety at work.
Data gathered from across the European Union suggests that SMEs are still not as effective at assessing the risks faced within their business and as a result, more work place accidents are happening within this group.
The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work recognises that SMEs differ from large businesses and therefore their approach to health and safety issues will be different too.
In some ways SMEs have advantages over large businesses, as they are usually able to identify risks and deal with them much more quickly and with more flexibility than larger employers. However, they face some disadvantages in that they will probably not have a specific person to deal with health and safety issues, nor have risk assessment processes in place either.
Once SMEs start implementing simple risk assessment processes within their workplace, the levels of accidents in this sector should start to fall.
The report does have some positive news for UK businesses, though. It states that we have some of the safest workplaces in the whole of the European Union.
All being said, accidents at work do happen, whether in SMEs or in larger businesses. If you have had an accident at work or are suffering from a work related illness, you should contact a specialist solicitor who will be able to advise you about making a claim for compensation from your employer.

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