Study finds half of workers “don’t know basic H&S rules”
A nationwide poll1 and ‘Health and Safety Theory’ test by international safety barrier manufacturer, A-SAFE, has revealed a worrying lack of health and safety knowledge in the workplace.
The company polled 1,000 people working in industries including food and drink, logistics and transport, construction, and manufacturing, and found that an overall, 58% of workers don’t know the basic health and safety rules of their workplace.
The poll revealed that:
1) Retail and distribution
3) Logistics and transport
4) Food and drink
6) Building, architecture and construction
Retail and distribution workers have the best knowledge of what employers must provide to protect them at work, with 60% correctly selecting all employer responsibilities next to just 42% of those in the automotive industry. While men and women performed similarly when identifying health and safety symbols, there were noticeable differences in their overall attitudes to workplace safety. Half (52%) of the men questioned said they know and adhere to all health and safety practices in their workplace, compared to just a third (32%) of women.
Men also see more value in health and safety rules, with 42% compared to 36% of women acknowledging that “it stops people getting hurt and makes sure everyone is safe.”
James Smith, Co-owner of A-SAFE, said: “Health and safety is a huge priority for any business, regardless of size. Small hazards which are ignored can easily become a major incident resulting in injury, death and significant damage to a business’s reputation and finances. “We wanted to identify the knowledge black spots across various industries, to help employers fill in any gaps and ensure health and safety is a priority for all team members in the New Year.”
1 Independent poll of 1,000 people working in manufacturing, health and safety, logistics and transport, building and architecture, food and drink, automotive, and retail and distribution industries, carried out in December 2016.