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New service to reduce estimated

HSE InfoLine : 23 February, 2006  (Company News)
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath today launched Workplace Health Connect, a new free advisory service on workplace health for smaller businesses: 'This new confidential advisory service for small businesses offers cost-effective and simple solutions to help cut workplace injuries and ill-health. It is simply unacceptable that UK small businesses incur major costs because they are unaware of effective and efficient solutions to manage health and safety.'
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath today launched Workplace Health Connect, a new free advisory service on workplace health for smaller businesses: 'This new confidential advisory service for small businesses offers cost-effective and simple solutions to help cut workplace injuries and ill-health. It is simply unacceptable that UK small businesses incur major costs because they are unaware of effective and efficient solutions to manage health and safety.'

Delivered in partnership with the Health and Safety Executive, the service aims to reduce the incidence of workplace ill health, which leads to 28 million working days lost, at an estimated cost of 10 billion to the UK economy.

Geoffrey Podger, Chief Executive of the Health and Safety Executive, said: 'Smaller businesses have always driven the UK economy forward and we want to give them every opportunity to continue this role. However, workplace ill health is costing small businesses up to 10% of their total payroll costs, which can put real downward pressure on their bottom line. We therefore want to help small business stop workers becoming ill at work and help them to get back to work as soon as possible, if they do, which is ultimately why we have launched Workplace Health Connect.'

Workplace Health Connect will provide free, impartial and practical advice and support on health, safety and return to work issues. Small businesses in England and Wales can access the service via an Advice line (0845 609 6006). Where needed, this will be followed up by workplace visits from qualified Workplace Health Connect advisers. These visits are available in London, the North East, the North West, South Wales and the West Midlands 1.

Workplace Health Connect advisers are able to advise on a range of issues that can affect workplace health including: poor manual handling technique, incorrect use of chemicals, poor hygiene in the workplace, working in dusty or noisy environments and working at a badly set up workstation.
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