Employers in England are being encouraged to help their staff
prevent unintentional injury outside of the workplace through the monitoring of
data and sharing of safety messages, as part of a new strategy.
Every year in England an average of 4,400 people aged between 25-64 die as the
result of an accident, with 240,000 annual accident-related hospital admission
episodes among this group. The majority of these incidents occur outside of the
working environment, yet the financial impact on businesses is huge.
RoSPA publishes Safe and active at all ages: a national strategy to prevent
serious accidental injuries in England. Among its recommendations, the document
encourages employers to recognise the contribution they can make to reducing
the number and severity of injuries to workers in their own homes and while
taking part in leisure pursuits, which would not only benefit individuals and
their families but also address the lost productivity these accidents cause.
The strategy, which has been developed by a wide range of partners including
Public Health England and the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, recommends
the collection of data on absence that results from accidents outside of work -
either to workers or those for whom they have caring responsibilities - in
order to establish the evidence base for action and the development of a
network of higher-performing organisations that could lead the way on "carry
over safety programmes from the workplace into other parts of life. It also
urges action on the management of occupational road risk, recognising that a
third of road accidents are estimated to involve someone who is at work at the
Errol Taylor, RoSPA's chief executive, said: "Through the 20th century, UK
workplaces made great strides in reducing incidents of injury on the factory
floor, on construction sites, in offices and across the range of working
environments. However, over the same time period the number of accidental death
and serious injury in home and leisure environments steadily increased."
This is something that employers cannot ignore - such injury results in lost
working days, reduced productivity and loss of revenue.
"Organisations large and small are hotbeds of excellent health and safety
systems and practice, so businesses are extremely well placed to help address
the burden serious accidental injury places not only on their bottom line, but
on our overstretched health and social care services too.
AplusA-online.de - Source: The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents - RoSPA