Aligning Your Company with the HSEs Health and Work Strategy
- Date: Thursday 23rd February 2017
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On the 15th December 2016 the Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work, Penny Mordaunt MP pledged her support for a new strategy for health in Britain’s workplaces. The HSEs Heath and Work Strategy is launched at a time when stress and musculoskeletal disorders account for around 80 percent of all working time lost due to illness.
Statistics from the HSE show that there are approximately 12,000 deaths each year from occupational lung diseases, accounting for 90 percent of estimated deaths related to past exposures at work. Last year, work related illness affected around 1.3 million workers and nearly 26 million working days were lost because of it. The economic costs are severe – totalling over £9 billion per year for new cases alone.
With an increasing emphasis on health issues in recent years, it is estimated that a quarter of all HSE enforcement notices issued to companies concern management of health risks in the workplace. As a result work-related stress, musculoskeletal disorders and occupational lung disease are priorities in HSE’s Health and Work strategy.
Work-related stress: The second most commonly reported cause of occupational ill health in Great Britain, accounting for 37% of all work-related ill-health cases, and 45% of all working days lost due to ill health.
Musculoskeletal disorders: The most common reported cause of occupational ill health in Great Britain, accounting for 41% of all work-related ill-health cases and 34% of all working days lost due to ill health.
Occupational lung disease: It continues to lead to an estimated 12 000 deaths each year.
SSG will be supporting the HSEs strategy through our training course content and external Advisor membership services. This will ensure that our clients have all the information that they require to comply with UK law and the requirements of ongoing HSE initiatives.
For more information on SSGs Advisor membership services please contact us on 01752 201616 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: Michael Cash