Improved safety at work
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PREVENTIVE action to reduce suffering from occupational disease and accidents is of paramount importance according to Health and Safety Commission chairman Bill Simpson.
Speaking to industrial safety officers at Malvern last week, he said that the Commission will be encouraging "prevention strategies" in workplaces.
It will begin by generating better information such as draft regulations currently being prepared, for notifying the toxic properties of new chemicals.
Advisory committees are being set up for individual industries and other, subject advisory committes covering hazards which span a range of industries.
The advisory committee on dangerous ,substances, which already in operation, has prepared proposals for transporting such products by road. The most far-reaching provision of the Health and Safety at Work Act, said Mr Simpson, is the duty placed on employers to care for health and safety risks to the public at large, that are incurred by work activities.