Even robust data-gathering systems can be subject to sampling bias or other margins of error – while interpretation can add a second layer of distortion. So how secure are the available OSH statistics, and the decisions resting on them?
Covid disruption, wide scale furloughing of workers and a 10% reduction in weekly hours worked has been accompanied by a 28% year-on-year increase in the number of work-related fatal accidents, according to Great Britain’s annual fatality statistics.
Brexit is now a legally enforced reality shaping the UK’s trading relationship with the EU and the rest of the world. But to what extent could it also affect the future development of legislation on health and safety?
The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a national emphasis programme focusing enforcement efforts on companies that put the largest number of workers at serious risk of contracting the coronavirus.