Employers are being warned that they cannot cut back on health and safety measurers as a way to manage costs during the economic downturn.
Both the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IoSH) have claimed that a recession is even more of a reason to focus on workplace safety issues.
This is because any accidents which do occur can cost both employees and businesses money, therefore putting a strain on what may already be limited budgets.
New president of IoSH Nattasha Freeman said: "Companies need professional, competent health and safety advice because one accident could put them out of business."
Earlier this year, Norwich Union launched a new Simply Safety campaign which encouraged employers to do more to communicate health and safety measures to their workers.