IOSH urges next Government to provide Health and Safety assurance for 2020s

The global Chartered body for safety and health-focused professionals has urged the UK Government to provide assurance and certainty on the future of the UK’s Health and Safety system. Following the General Election on 12 December, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is calling on the newly-elected administration  to prioritise workplace Health and Safety and publicly support the compelling economic case and social value of the UK’s world-leading Health and Safety system and regulatory regime.

IOSH actively urges the next administration to re-skill the UK for a safer, healthier and more sustainable future, radically improve the nation’s occupational health system, design good work into all public investment and infrastructure programmes, tackle the exploitation of vulnerable workers and poor working conditions and urgently implement national building and fire safety reforms.

Richard Jones, head of policy and regulatory engagement at IOSH, explained: “With an ageing workforce, technological changes, more insecure and ‘gig’ working, higher numbers of SMEs and self-employed, as well as increased overall employment figures, the need for better workplace health management in the UK is fast-reaching a crescendo. As the UK heads for a new Government, it’s vital that the public policy focus on health at work is properly prioritised. We need to tackle the record numbers of cases of work-related stress, depression or anxiety and the 300,000 people with long-term mental health problems losing their jobs each year. Good health and safety is good for business and effective regulation helps ensure many millions of lives and livelihoods are protected each and every day of the year.”

Figures released by the Health and Safety Executive highlight the urgent need for ongoing action. These put annual Great Britain failure in safety and health costs at around £15 billion, plus an additional £12 billion for new cases of occupational cancer.

*An article by Richard Jones on why the new Government must prioritise workplace health is available to view at: https://www.ioshmagazine.com/article/new-government-must-prioritise-workplace-health

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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