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Coughing-up On Ill Health

Almost half of Britain’s industry leaders do not feel enough is being done across industry to tackle cases of work-related ill-health, according to research from the Health and Safety Executive undertaken and reported in September of 2017.

The research also found more than two-fifths of businesses are reporting a rise in cases of long-term ill-health with the majority (80%) stating tackling this growing problem is a priority within their organisation.

The HSE estimates that work-related ill-health is costing the economy more than £9 billion a  year with 26 million working days being lost.

The views of 300 major business leaders were sought and 40% of respondents said their industry was not doing enough to raise awareness and tackle the causes of long-term work-related ill-health.

Commenting on the findings, HSE’s chair Martin Temple, said: “The survey findings confirmed what we already suspected – more needs to be done to tackle work-related ill-health.

“Over the years, figures show that as workplace safety has improved, health has stagnated. The ‘Go Home Healthy’ campaign is about driving behavioural change in workplaces so we all can go home healthy. There is a moral, legal, and business case for employers to do the right thing by their workers. The importance of more joined-up thinking across industries when it comes to tackling work-related ill-health cannot be overstated.”

Picture: The HSE estimates that work-related ill-health is costing the economy more than £9 billion a  year with 26 million working days being lost

Article written by Brian Shillibeer

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