Unions call for stricter health and safety enforcement rules

first_img Previous Article Next Article Trade unions are demanding a radical overhaul of the health and safetyregulatory system despite an employers’ poll that backs the arrangements. A Mori survey, albeit published by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE),found that 80 per cent of companies found the enforcement organisationfavourably. It found that businesses rate health and safety as the two mostimportant workplace issues, while 85 per cent of managers said that contactwith the HSE had been helpful. However, GMB general secretary Kevin Curran said the system was failingbecause the nature of work had changed significantly since the HSE wasestablished. “The current system is not working, yet the HSE’s new strategy documentclaims it has done a great job on safety. Has it learnt nothing from recenttragedies like Morecambe Bay? “We’re calling for the establishment of an effective enforcement agencydedicated to rooting out employers that put profit before life and limb,”he said. Minister for Work Jane Kennedy admitted that workplace hazards werechanging, but said Britain had a health and safety record of which it could beproud. She told a Royal Society for the Protection of Accidents conference thatall stakeholders should be working together to help combat new threats likestress. The Mori research of 500 employers also found that most believe that goodhealth and safety practice was good for the business and did not put pressureon profits. HSE deputy director Justin McCracken said: “The survey confirms a highlevel of support for health and safety and is a strong vote of confidence inthe HSE and the work it does.” www.hse.org.uk  www.gmb.org.uk Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Unions call for stricter health and safety enforcement rulesOn 1 Jun 2004 in Personnel Todaylast_img

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