05/05/2004

Benefit Companies As A Whole

Three out of four employers say health and safety requirements benefit their
companies as a whole, according to a new MORI survey published by the Health
and Safety Executive (HSE). The survey also found that employers rate health
and safety in their top two most important workplace issues.

Justin McCracken, HSE Deputy Director General (Operations), welcomed the
findings:

"This survey confirms a high level of support for health and safety ­ from
those who face the risks and those who create them. It shows overwhelming
support for our vision of health and safety as a cornerstone of a civilised
society. It is also a strong vote of public confidence ­ from employers,
employees and citizens ­ in HSE and the work we do alongside Local Authorities
to promote sensible health and safety and to save lives."

The survey, of 3,000 members of the working and non-working public and 500
employers, looked at people's understanding of the term ‘health and safety',
what they see as the main risks at work, who they think is responsible for
health and safety and awareness and favourability of HSE compared to similar
organisations.

Most employers see health and safety as good for business and disagree that it
puts a strain on profits. Over 60 per cent believe health and safety
requirements save them money in the long term, while only 14 per cent think
health and safety law seriously hampers their business. Nearly 60 per cent say
that following health and safety law defends them against unjustified
compensation claims.

Citizens and employees are most concerned about road safety. Health and safety
in the workplace comes next for employees while citizens are more concerned
about food and medicine safety. Employers rate health and safety among their
top two issues of importance in the workplace. Employees are more concerned
about job satisfaction, pay and work-life balance.

Male employees are more concerned with workplace risks than their female
colleagues ­ 74 per cent against 66 per cent ­ but this is likely to reflect
the industries in which men and women predominate. For example, construction
workers show more concern for health and safety at work than banking
employees.

Two thirds of employees believe their employers take health and safety issues
very seriously and the larger the organisation the more likely they are to say
so. Most employees feel they have the right amount of health and safety
information and training, although two in five employers have had no or not
much training.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: Health and Safety Executive (HSE)