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RR578 - Health and safety in the small to medium-sized enterprise

The project was commissioned in response to the HSE competition for ideas for research in 2001. The project aimed to identify psychosocial factors which are effective in the maintenance and improvement of health and safety by the SME. The report outlines the work undertaken to achieve this aim. It describes three key activities:

This project sought to identify what SMEs do about health and safety, what prevents them from doing health and safety, and what would encourage them to undertaken more health and safety. The project aimed to elicit views from stakeholders, identify the positive steps presumed to be undertaken, quantify the basis for presumed effectiveness of measures, and to provide recommendations regarding dissemination of these effective actions in support of good safety and health practice.

This report and the work it describes were funded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Its contents, including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the author alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE policy.

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Updated 2010-03-19