Employers have important legal obligations when it comes to health and safety in the workplace, but how do many businesses currently stack up?
The Health and Safety statistics for 2021/2022 have now been released. It has been revealed that there were:
- 8 million working people suffering from a work-related illness, of which:
- 914,000 workers suffering work-related stress, depression or anxiety
- 477,000 workers suffering from a work-related musculoskeletal disorder
- 123,000 workers suffering from COVID-19 which they believe may have been from exposure to coronavirus at work
- 2,544 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (2020)
- 123 workers killed in work-related accidents
- 565,000 working people sustained an injury at work according to the Labour Force Survey
- 61,713 injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR
- 8 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury
- £18.8 billion estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions (2019/20)
The latest data shows that there is still a considerable number of injuries, deaths and sickness associated with working conditions.
The impact on the individuals involved can be considerable, but so can the wider effect on the economy and productivity.