There has been much speculation about what will happen with health and safety legislation in the UK after it leaves the European Union – and British Safety Council (BSC) has now spoken out about the topic, demanding that workplace health, safety and welfare standards have to remain post-Brexit.
Currently, the UK legislative framework has adopted many EU directives to improve standards in the workplace and reduce the number of fatalities and injuries. That is why the BSC does not want to see a rise in the number of accidents occurring once the EU is not involved anymore.
Chairman of the BSC Lawrence Waterman commented: “We shall need to watch developments carefully to protect hard-won worker protections.”
He asked RoSPA and IOSH, among other organisations, to join with the BSC to put pressure on the government and protect these health and safety standards after Brexit.
This comes after the Attorney General Geoffrey Cox recently admitted that safeguards for employment protections may “not be enforceable”.
Mr Waterman stated that the politicians are “now going back on their previous declaration” that employment rights will be safeguarded, as the government has revealed they are not covered by the Withdrawal Agreement.
There is huge importance to protect workplace health and safety to prevent an increase in the number of people suffering from injuries, ill health and fatalities while in employment.
According to the latest statistics from the Health and Safety Executive, 1.4 million people endured work-related ill health in 2017/18, more than half a million faced non-fatal injuries, and 144 deaths occurred.
One way to reduce the risk of staff hurting themselves at work is to send them on a incident response training course, which will provide the level of competency to undertake work at height safely.