HSE hails drop in workplace injuries

November 6th, 2012 Category: Building Management

Efforts to make workplaces in the UK safer appear to be paying off, with fewer people being injured and falling ill as a result of their job in the last year.

According to Judith Hackitt, chair of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), any drop in the number of incidents "should be welcomed", particularly in light of Britain's financial troubles.

"Given the challenging economic conditions which many sectors have faced in recent years, it is particularly encouraging to see continued reductions in levels of injury and ill health," she commented.

Ms Hackitt described the UK as one of the safest places in Europe in which to work and noted it is widely recognised as such in many countries. However, she stressed there is still lots of room for improvement.

"We need to ensure that we all focus on managing the real risks which lead to serious workplace harm," she commented.

Ms Hackitt insisted that the HSE is committed to supporting employers' efforts to make their premises a safe working environment.

This, she said, would help guarantee members of staff are able to "go home safe and well without creating unnecessary paperwork and bureaucracy".

So what proactive steps can bosses take to ensure health and safety standards are met on site?

Well, bringing in contract cleaners and facilities management specialists to look after your premises is certainly one option worth looking into.

After all, these experts will help to make sure a business space is properly maintained, with potential hazards adequately dealt with straight away.

How many health and safety breaches occur because of people slipping on a wet floor or falling over an obstruction in a gangway? Getting the professionals in can be a good way of avoiding these problems, as they've got the experience and resources to make sure your premises are safely accessible at all times.

According to figures from the HSE, 24,944 major workplace injuries were reported in 2010-11, but this fell to 22,433 in 2011-12. So while this remains a big problem, regulators and businesses are at least on the right track to dealing with it effectively.