A leading employee protection society has welcomed proposals to make combating office and factory illness an even bigger health and safety at work priority.
BOHS, the Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection, has been responding to the Health and Safety Executive’s new five-year plan. BOHS welcomes the HSE’s pledge to tackle ill health as one of its six top themes between now and 2020.
It will now work closely with the national safety watchdog and other involved parties to help make the pledge effective.
Big fall in fatal accidents at work
The industry wants to see work-related illness numbers achieve the same kind of drops seen in fatal accidents during the past four decades.
The introduction of the Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974 has seen a drop in workplace fatalities to 86% since its launch in 1974. Safety leaders say, though, that the amount of workplace illnesses are still not low enough.
BOHS president Adrian Hirst says it will work closely with trade unions, the HSE and other powerful individuals and groups in order to get the safety message across.
Mr Hirst sees such collaboration as necessary since the work cannot be done by one group alone. He says he eagerly anticipates working with the HSE and others over the course of its five-year plan.
Lung disease key to 5-year plan
Tackling problems in the building industry like lung disease are seen as crucial to the plan. Last April, BOHS began its Breathe Freely campaign aimed at combating lung diseases within the building sector.
It is aimed at offering advice, resources and tools that make possible the identification, appraisal and management of exposures to breathing-related illnesses in the workplace.
BOHS hopes this will result in an accepted management standard being put in place.
Date Published: January 29, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown