Health and Safety is crucial in terms of the success of businesses, according to an industry body.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has stated that the responsibility for the issue of worker well-being "starts at the top" of organisations.

Speaking at a recent Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents Developing Leadership Action conference, chair of the HSE Judith Hackitt said: "Leadership from the top of every organisation is essential to create and maintain a real and lasting health and safety culture.

"Health and safety leadership is about good, integrated governance."

She went on to say that motivation for establishing a good health and safety culture needs to come from the belief that it is necessary from a success point of view, as well as for moral reasons.

The HSE aims to protect people in the UK against risks to health and safety that arise from workplace activities.