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With April 28th being World Day for Health at Work, the British Council marked the day with the slogan:

“Let’s make workplaces fit for heroes.”

The British Safety Council (BSC) is commemorating the day by pledging support for people working during the coronavirus outbreak and after the crisis is over. On World Day for Health and Work, they honoured workers who have died from COVID-19.

The BSC is concerned about the safety of NHS workers and other essential workers in sectors that include, construction, retail and manufacturing. When the lockdown is eased, workers returning to work need support to make sure that social distancing, PPE (personal protective equipment) and other measures are in place until the virus threat is over.

Lawrence Waterman, the chair of the British Safety Council, said:

“Of course, this crisis cannot be used as an excuse to lower work standards – but I actually hope as we look beyond the horizon people will see the return to normal life as a chance to honour workers.”

He added that as well as the weekly applause to recognise NHS and care workers, other workers should be seen as heroes who have the right to high health and safety standards. He urged all employees to make sure that safety standards do not slip during the coronavirus crisis.

The British Safety Council is a charity that has been supporting health and safety in the workplace since 1957. It has constantly campaigned for full protection for workers in all business sectors.

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