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IOSH calls on next Government to do more to protect workers

Nine in ten health and safety professionals believe the next Government should prioritise improving occupational health services to cut the number of people being made ill by work. That’s according to the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), which has revealed the findings of a survey of its members as it launches its manifesto […]

HSE inspection failure rates in spotlight

New research from BPD Zenith has found that nearly one fifth (17%) of businesses have received enforcement action in the past due to assets not meeting HSE compliance standards, with over 10% receiving an HSE fine. The research on 2,000 UK businesses surveyed organisations operating in the utility and renewable industries, including telecoms and broadband, […]

TUC warns government on ‘booming’ number of BME workers in insecure jobs

Analysis published by the TUC has revealed the number of Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) workers in insecure work more than doubled from 2011 to 2022 (from 360,200 to 836,300).  The chance of a BME worker being in an insecure job has also increased, with 1 in 6 in this position now compared to 1 […]

Impact of wellbeing issues for overseas workers highlighted in study

Wellbeing issues severely or significantly compromise the ability to function at work for over a quarter (26.4%)1 of overseas employees with wellbeing concerns, according to data released today by Towergate Health & Protection. The figures are from one of the firm’s leading global employee assistance programme (EAP) providers that looks after over 6.5 million employees worldwide. It found that: Sarah […]

Workplace complacency leading to a ‘safety plateau’

New statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) highlight a disheartening stagnation in the ongoing efforts to reduce work-related fatalities in Great Britain, according to a leading Health & Safety expert. According to the regulator’s latest report, a total of 135 workers tragically lost their lives as a result of work-related accidents between April 2022 and March 2023. Nick […]

70% of people feel they work in dangerous jobs

A survey of 1,400 people conducted by JMW Solicitors has revealed that 70% of employees feel concerned for their safety at work, with almost 100% of that sample also believing that their employers should implement more safety measures.  More than a third of respondents to the survey worked in sectors such as agriculture and forestry, mining and quarrying, and manufacturing. Some […]

Mental health ‘biggest concern for employers’ in light of remote working 

A survey of companies of all sizes across the UK has revealed that the biggest concern for nearly half of all employers (49%) is the mental health of their employees now that remote working has become accepted practice. In study carried out by Towergate Health & Protection mental health topped the list of concerns for […]

UK’s most accident prone industries revealed

A study has revealed the most deadly industries in the UK, assessing the total number of fatalities recorded amongst workers and members of the public between 2014 and 2022. Top of the list for combined fatalities is the public administration and defence industry, although the construction industry has the highest number of worker-related deaths recorded within […]

‘Wellness whitewashing’ among the HR trends we need to brace for in 2023

From so-called wellness whitewashing, talent shortages and global hiring, to ESG and more pressure for leaders – here are some trends HR practitioners are predicting will impact employers next year… Rachel Fellowes, Chief Wellbeing Officer at Aon: “We want to see a transition – from ill-being to wellbeing. “People are increasingly reflecting on how they […]