Derek Maylor, Chairperson:
Shows how unconcerned the government is on workplace safety when the role of Women and Equalities Minister has just been added to her supervision. Complete disregard for the workplace, for your pension, for women or for equality.
On July 1st the HSE report “Understanding the impact to business to business of health and safety rules” was released to silence from the government when it disclosed that 70% of SMEs said there is no Health and Safety burden and most feel current policies are sensible and proportionate to the risks. (Available from the Unionsafety E-Library)
Despite government ministers repeatedly claiming health and safety are burdens to business under its better regulation agenda, HSE say that paying any further attention to regulation will not bring any improvements to the workplace. Johnson and co will not like this consequently they will be looking at the new Chief Executive Sarah Albon as soon as she starts her role in September, and we will look to attend her first HSE Board meeting that month.
As previously mentioned on the website, there are other recent HSE statistics showing that workers between 60 and 64 years of age are twice as likely to die in a workplace accident as everyone else. One quarter of all deaths in work are over the age of 60, this is totally disproportionate to the ages of workers and there is a need for an in-depth investigation into the issues and causational factors behind these statistics.
As always, and in conclusion; we aim to provide the best advice and representation for our members and to: