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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."
A new competency framework to guide the development of occupational safety and health professionals and meet the needs of employers for a broader set of competencies, has been launched by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).
A Belfast-based Risk & Compliance software provider has been collaborating with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and construction giant Costain as part of an ongoing project to unlock artificial intelligence’s (AI) potential in improving the management of risks on worksites.
We spoke to Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Andrew Johnson about a case where a one-tonne pallet of glass fell on a United Pallet Network (UK) Limited’s employee, causing life-changing injuries.
A proposed new law aims to revoke EU-derived legislation, including life-saving protections, by December 2023, unless specifically kept or replaced – Richard Jones CFIOSH explains how OSH practitioners can get involved.
Former head of policy at IOSH, Richard Jones CFIOSH, reflects on deregulatory initiatives of this decade, argues that socioeconomic challenges should instead lead to raised OSH standards, as good regulation can benefit all.