As U.S. companies are watching how OSHA changes under the Obama administration, the agency’s counterpart in Great Britain has launched a 10-point plan to tackle death and injury at work.
The No. 1 goal for Britain’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE): investigating work-related accidents and illnesses and taking enforcement action to prevent harm and secure justice where appropriate.
Other HSE priorities:
- Encourage strong leadership in championing the importance of health and safety in the workplace
- Reinforce the promotion of worker involvement and consultation in health and safety matters, and
- Identify which activities deliver a significant reduction in the rate and number of deaths and accidents.
The goals were established following a survey of 1,000 British workers and 200 business owners and senior managers. Some survey findings:
- 36% of business leaders agree that the “stick” as opposed to the “carrot” is the most effective way to improve health and safety
- 26% of owners and managers admit their companies will face pressure to cut their health and safety budgets in the recession
- 60% of business leaders feel safe in their workplace, compared to just 35% of employees, and
- 22% of workers in small businesses fear that their employer will cut health and safety corners in the recession, compared to just 16% in large organizations.
The HSE says one reason it’s launching its program is because of fears that workplace safety and health will take a backseat during the current recession.
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