• International Workplace
  • 20 December 2016

UK health and safety strategy launched

Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work, Penny Mordaunt has launched a new UK Heath and Work strategy, at a time when stress and musculoskeletal disorders account for around 80 percent of all working time lost due to illness.

Statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show around 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 stark – totalling over £9 billion per year for new cases alone – not including ongoing costs from working conditions of the past.

With an increasing emphasis on health issues in recent years, it is estimated that a quarter of all HSE enforcement notices issued to dutyholders concern issues around health in the workplace.

The launch of the new strategy illustrates the HSE’s contribution to wider Government initiatives on work and health and the Minister will be supported by HSE Chair, Martin Temple and Clive Johnson, Chair of Health in Construction Leadership Group and the Safety, Health and Environment Director at Land Securities who operate the site.

A large part of the HSE’s work to drive improvements in these areas is to encourage workers and employers to get involved, engaging with people, businesses and other organisations to ensure they help make a positive change.