All organisations must identify the risks that their staff and others may have to manage while carrying out their work. Often this comes down to the preparation of risk assessments and a safe system of work but there is little or no ongoing effort to check for any new hazards or those who may be working unsafely. Sometimes no safe systems of work are put in place. However, things have changed because businesses and individuals must now be able to show that they actively work to prevent harm to their staff, customers, suppliers and the public, from workplace hazards and keep records to demonstrate they are active – simply recording accidents and near misses is at best reacting to events and falls short of a balanced and proactive approach and will likely be seen as relying on luck.
No records means a lack of evidence thus no defence.