Costs of risky business cut by new Norwich Union web site

Article date: 23 March 2005

Small and medium-sized businesses can obtain essential riskmanagement advice free of charge via a new web site launched byNorwich Union – the UK’s largest insurer.

RiskManager helps businesses to identify workplace hazards andimplement measures to minimise risk to employees and members of thepublic; to comply with legislation and to prevent financial losscaused through accidents and injury.

Content on the web site includes plain language fact sheetsprepared by Norwich Union’s risk experts, risk assessmentchecklists, accident report forms and links to the Health andSafety Executive.

Basic advice and guidance focuses on topics such as emergencies,manual handling, workplace equipment and occupational health, whilea "Beyond the Basics" section considers a wide range of issuesincluding electrical safety, hazardous substances, display screenequipment, managing employee absence and workplace stress.

A "Health Check" tool allows users to self-assess their currentrisk management performance through a questionnaire.

Phil Grace, Norwich Union risk manager, says: "Businesses notonly have a moral and ethical obligation to protect their employeesfrom harm in the workplace, but also a legal duty.

"In pure business terms, accidents cost money – whetherthey become insurance claims or not. In the aftermath of aworkplace incident, the cost of physical or policy changes designedto prevent future occurrences have to be met by the company."

Businesses can visit the web site at


For further information, please contact:
Jon Clements at Staniforth on 0161 274 0100/07989 414486 or DavidRoss at Norwich Union on 01603 682730/ 07800 699665.

Notes to editors
Norwich Union Insurance

  • Norwich Union is the UK's largest insurer with a market shareof around 13 per cent
  • With a focus on insurance for individuals and smallbusinesses, Norwich Union insures:
    • one in five households
    • one in seven motor vehicles
    • more than 800,000 businesses
  • Norwich Union products are available through a variety ofdistribution channels including brokers, corporate partners suchas banks and building societies and Norwich Union Direct.
  • Authorised and regulated by the Financial ServicesAuthority
  • Members of the Aviva group

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