Not enough being done to tackle work-related ill-health, say Britain's business leaders
Almost half of Britain’s industry leaders do not feel enough is being done across industry to tackle cases of work-related ill-health, according to new research from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). This comes as HSE figures show that work-related ill-health is costing the economy more than £9bn with 26 million working days being lost per year.
The research – which sought the opinion of 300 major business leaders – also found more than two-fifths of businesses are reporting a rise in cases of long-term ill-health with the majority (80%) stating tackling this growing problem is a priority within their organisation. In addition, 40% of respondents said their industry was not doing enough to raise awareness and tackle the causes of long-term work-related ill-health.
The findings were revealed as HSE announced its new national campaign – ‘Go Home Healthy’. The campaign aims to reduce cases of work-related ill-health by shining a light on the causes and encouraging employers to do the right thing to protect their workers’ health.
Commenting on the findings, HSE’s chair Martin Temple, said: “The survey findings confirmed what we already suspected – more needs to be done to tackle work-related ill-health.
“Over the years, figures show that as workplace safety has improved, health has stagnated. The ‘Go Home Healthy’ campaign is about driving behavioural change in workplaces so we all can go home healthy. There is a moral, legal, and business case for employers to do the right thing by their workers. The importance of more joined-up thinking across industries when it comes to tackling work-related ill-health cannot be overstated.”
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