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  • International Workplace
  • 19 May 2014
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Workplace Law supports Health and Safety Week 2014

To celebrate the UK’s 85% reduction in fatal accidents since the introduction of the Health and Safety at Work Act in 1974, the country’s leading health and safety bodies are uniting to launch Health and Safety Week 2014.

The week, which will take place 16-20 June, will be launched at the Safety & Health Expo with the aim of reinstating a positive image for this exceptionally worthwhile profession.

Commenting on the upcoming week, Heather Beach, Director, UBM Live, organisers of this annual exhibition and conference and the driving force behind the week, explains:

“It’s about time the UK celebrates its health and safety record. We lead the world with this record and this is evidenced with events such as London 2012 where no lives were lost during the construction of the Olympic Park. We should be proud of what we have achieved and shout about our successes because as a result of all the hard work, peoples’ lives are being saved every day.”

The profession may have undergone criticism from Government and press in the recent past, often due to the civil litigation culture, but businesses have been wising up to the long term benefits of ensuring that health and safety is an integral part of their sustainability and CSR initiatives.

Heather added:

“We intend to put a positive light on the importance and value of recognising and engaging with health and safety so that we can begin to focus on the next challenge – the reduction of deaths from work related illnesses.

“Around 13,000 people continue to die every year from illnesses that have developed as a result of their work such as cancer and lung diseases. This number is clearly not acceptable and Health and Safety Week is being launched to raise awareness of these issues and encourage employers to ensure a worker’s life is not put in unnecessary danger.”

The week will be launched on Tuesday 17 June at 10am by Judith Hackitt CBE, Chair, Health and Safety Executive.

Workplace Law is delighted to be involved with Health and Safety Week 2014, and Head of Health and Safety, Simon Toseland, will be speaking at the Safety & Health Expo event on Thursday 19 June in a session entitled ‘Raising your game in behavioural safety’.

In our own celebration of 40 years of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, we recently produced a film looking at how the Act affects those from a variety of different professions.

Going forward, it was announced that a range of initiatives and campaigns for businesses and workplaces to engage with will be arranged to build the momentum towards the Health and Safety Week each year so that the achievements that protect and save lives can continue to be celebrated.

UK health and safety bodies that have signed up to launch Health and Safety Week 2014 include the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS), the British Safety Council (BSC), the British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF), the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH), the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM), the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH), the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and Safety Groups UK (SGUK) to name but a few.

Any other organisation that would like to be part of the week and find out more about it should contact Heather Beach, Director, UBM Live, Heather.Beach@ubm.com