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November 27, 2017

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Helping GB Work Well campaign: call for firms to do more pays off

Employers publicly committing to making positive changes to their firms’ health and safety culture has resulted in an estimated 300,000 workers reaping the benefits of improved health and safety practices.

Earlier this year, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), along with unions and industry leaders called for broader ownership of workplace health and safety by asking for public commitments from business.

The response from many of Great Britain’s top businesses was so positive, with more than 100 organisations making commitments, that on Friday 24 November, HSE is launching an online community dedicated to inspiring business to share their commitment to Helping Great Britain Work Well.

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.

Incalculable rewards

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.”

It is estimated at least 300,000 workers have benefitted since the initiative was launched last year with companies introducing many schemes to benefit workers.

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

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

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Peter Rimmer
Peter Rimmer
2 years ago

300,000 workers of an estimated 30 million people in employment doesn’t sound very impressive – 1% at a rough guess!