28th November 2017

Health and Safety: Workers benefit from employers commitments

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Around 300,000 workers are reaping the rewards of improved health and safety practices, thanks to their employers publicly committing to making positive changes in the workplace.

Earlier this year, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), along with unions and industry leaders asked for businesses to publicly commit in a bid to encourage broader ownership of workplace health and safety.

The response from many of Great Britain’s top businesses was so positive, with more than 100 organisations making commitments, that HSE has launched an online community dedicated to inspiring businesses to share their commitment to Helping Great Britain Work Well.

The commitments are being showcased from people and companies from all over the country who play their part by delivering a health and safety initiative which helps Britain work well.

The commitments must demonstrate ownership of health and safety within an organisation and recognise good business practice while protecting workers and preventing ill health.

The launch of the new web community will establish a social sharing network where companies and businesses can make their commitments, share their journey of improvement and help each other and encourage others follow in their footsteps.

One example of a success story is Welsh Water which launched a ‘Back to Health’ scheme. This was aimed at providing medical treatment to assist employees’ recovery from illness or injury significantly faster than the NHS provided treatment.

Another example is construction firm Morgan Sindall. It committed to introducing ‘engagement discussions’ as part of its ‘100 per cent Safe’ cultural development programme, which has led to improved knowledge and understanding of health and safety practices.

HSE chair Martin Temple said: “Making a workplace commitment to health and safety is something that takes time, energy and passion, but the rewards for delivering on that commitment are incalculable.

“Sensible and proportionate health and safety prevents ill-health, death and injury in the workplace and is good for business and good for workers.”