Health at work is the focus for British Safety Council
The annual conference of the British Safety Council will focus on the subject of health in the workplace this year.
The conference will be held in London, and takes place in October each year. This year the council members will address the issue of staying healthy in the workplace, with occupational health and health and well-being as the focus. Speakers at the event will address the ways which employers can promote and encourage health at work. They will also consider how the responsibility for health at work can be shared by employees and employers at work.
According to the Health and Safety Executive, in 2014-15 1.2 million people in the UK had experienced a work-related illness, while there had been 142 deaths occurring in the workplace, due to accidents. The report outlined the costs of illness and injuries in the workplace, which amounted to £14.3 billion annually.
Chief executive of the British Safety Council, Mike Robinson, stated that the industry was facing a huge challenge with health in the workplace. He said:
“The question remains how do we encourage health: what opportunities are there to learn lessons from the safety culture to help build a health culture?”
Robinson added that mental health was also an important issue in the workplace, requiring significant work to address the problems. Prevention of accidents and illness at work is often resolved with the use of good quality PPE and safety workwear, which complies with existing regulation.