Health and Safety: revitalised or reversed? by Professor Phil James and Professor David Walters

Submitted by treena on Mon, 02/02/2004 - 15:17
Each year over 40,000 workers die or suffer major injuries as a result of accidents at work. As many as 20,000 workers may die of occupational illnesses. In an effort to reduce such carnage, the Institute of Employment Rights produced a report in 1997 analysing UK health and safety laws and suggesting a range of recommendations for government action. A year after the IER report was published the government published its own report, which contained proposals and targets for improving the system for health and safety at work. This booklet revisits the IER’s recommendations and compares them to the proposals put forward by the government. It goes on to critically consider the extent to which the government strategy has delivered a safe and healthy working environment before outlining what we believe still needs to be done to protect people at work. The conclusions are stark. The government has failed to take forward any of the legal reforms proposed in its own report. Statistics to date suggest that the majority of the targets set by the government will not be achieved. Indeed rather than being revitalised, there are signs that standards of health and safety have, in fact, been reversed over the last three years. This booklet is essential reading for all those involved in trying to secure a safe and healthy working environment and an end to preventable accidents, illnesses and deaths at work. A5; 48pp; ISBN 0 9543781 6 4;

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