The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has sent its revised manifesto to the three main political parties ahead of this week's General Election.
Towards a safe and healthy world of work highlights the importance of safety and health, as well as the business case, good design and engineering competencies and social responsibility.
"With an ageing workforce, technological changes, more insecure and ‘gig’ working, higher numbers of small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and self-employed – as well as increased overall employment figures – the need for better workplace health management in the UK is fast-reaching a crescendo," said Richard Jones, head of policy and regulatory engagement at IOSH.
The manifesto is broken down into five categories.
- Making the business case for safety health
- Improve occupational health
- Design-in safety and health
- Develop competent workforces
- Champion social responsibility
“As the UK heads for a new government, it’s vital that public policy focus on health at work is properly prioritised. We need to tackle the record numbers of cases of work-related stress, depression or anxiety (last year reaching 602,000 cases) and the 300,000 people with long-term mental health problems losing their jobs each year.
“Good health and safety is good for business and effective regulation helps ensure many millions of lives and livelihoods are protected each and every day.”
Download the manifesto here.