Brexit: what do SHP readers think?
Tomorrow, 23 June, a decision will be made as to whether Britain should remain within the EU.
The outcome – whether we remain or leave – will have a significant impact on UK businesses and organisations. In SHP, we’ve discussed what, if any, impact there will be on the health and safety community.
In an article by Richard Clarke, senior EHS consultant at Cedrec, he discussed a poll of more than 500 of its subscribers on whether the UK should remain part of the EU. He said:
“Whatever the result may be, it’s inevitable that changes to workplace legislation will follow. Leaving the EU could give the UK the authority it needs to shape employment and H&S law, however it is likely that political considerations will prevent any radical changes, at least in the short term.”
A stream of opinion and debate followed by SHP readers, with constructive arguments on both sides. Ahead of the vote tomorrow, we’ll share some of the thoughts and opinions of your peers.
“It seems to me as though the people running companies seem to think that suddenly they will not have to comply with anything health and safety related or owe any moral obligations to those affected by their business.
“With that in mind, do you think that people with day-to-day responsibility of ensuring health and safety as their job will still find the bosses funding the next initiative you come up with, or continue buying the better quality PPE, or giving you a pay rise for your worth?!
“I’m sure that if we left eventually it would all get back to an even keel, but in the interim, who knows?! Its really not that bad being in!”
“Interesting article and good to see impartiality in this type of article. It’s sometimes difficult for me to identify impartiality because of my strong view in favour of distancing ourselves from the EU. I was therefore obviously disappointed at the percentage of ‘professionals’ in our line of work wishing to stay in the EU.
“Surely we all agree that the UK could do so much better; create better legislation or adopt EU principles when we want to, rather than when we’re told. To think that people still want to be governed by unelected, incompetent, bureaucrats is beyond me.
“We should be looking beyond Europe with trade agreements based on mutual requirements of the countries concerned, not restricted and controlled by an EU boys club.”
“We have an excellent health and safety regime in the UK based on robust scientific, medical and technical evidence and research, sensible regulation and effective enforcement, bound together by information and clear communications. However, if you salami slice the regulator (HSE), and most other regulators, to such an extent that they cease to be effective, all of this counts for nothing.
“The current government has reduced the budget, and therefore the effectiveness, of HSE to such an extent that it will wither on the vine in five or six years. Supporters of the ‘Leave’ campaign would accelerate its demise.
“A vote to ‘Leave’ will see an end to social justice in the workplace.”
“There is far too much trying to scare people one way or the other. You’d think we didn’t have any health and safety legislation before we joined.
“Has anyone noticed the lack of enforced H&S regulation in other EU countries? The other EU countries want us to stay in because we pay a lot of money in (if you remember, the rebates were recently given back by our chancellor due to our debt for having a good economy).
“The ‘Brexit-ers’ promise that we will have good times again without giving us any proof. The Greens think that we will suddenly burn coal again if we leave the EU.
“By the way aren’t the Germans starting to build more coal fired power stations?”
Hear Kizzy Augustin, Pinsent Masons LLP, discuss the effects of a Brexit on the health and safety profession in the Safety & Health Expo Keynote Theatre tomorrow at 12.30pm. Register for Safety & Health Expo today.
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