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N eal Stone Head of Policy and Public Affairs British Safety Council “Current and coming health and safety challenges” Federation of Master Builders Conference, 13 th November 2009.

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The context present and continuing challenges

Neal Stone Head of Policy and Public Affairs British Safety Council “Current and coming health and safety challenges”Federation of Master Builders Conference, 13th November 2009


The context present and continuing challenges

Today’s presentation* BSC’s mission and objectives* what HSE’s 2008/09 Statistics reveal* Current and future challenges * Preparing young workers for the world of work * Major policy and legislative issues facing construction SMEs* HSE Strategy - competence, leadership and worker involvement


The context present and continuing challenges

British Safety CouncilOne of the UK’s leading health and safety organisations founded in 1957. 10,000 member companies in over 50 countries worldwideMission is to support a healthier, safer and more sustainable societyTakes forward this mission through a variety of commercial and charitable activities;- Training, advisory, qualifications and audit services- Conferences, events and award schemes- Campaigning and shaping public policy - Free Entry Level qualifications for all 14-19 year old in full-time education- Free qualifications for those not in education, employment or training


The context present and continuing challenges

The context - present and continuing challenges :

180 workers killed at work –down from 228 in 2007/08

28,700 major injuries

132,000 RIDDOR reportables

Agriculture, construction and transport continue to have highest injury incident rate

29 m working days lost – 24.6m - work-related ill-health and 4.7m injury

4,000 + cancer deaths due to asbestos exposure


The context present and continuing challenges

Current and future challenges :* Ill-health reduction trends not improving * Asbestos – “Hidden Killer” campaign – a major priority * implications and impact of corporate manslaughter law * increase/changes in health and safety penalties


The context present and continuing challenges

Incident ratesOver 2,600 major workplace accidents in Great Britain in 2007/08 involving young men, and 1,033 involving young women, between the ages of 16-2423 young workers, aged 16-24, died in 2007/08 as a result of a workplace accidentUnder reporting of workplace injuries to young people; employers reluctant to report accidents, young workers may wish to avoid being seen as a ‘complainer’EU sources show that the incidence rate of non-fatal accidents at work per 100,000 workers was more than 40% higher among those aged 18-24 Research indicates that young, inexperienced, workers are more than 5 times more likely to be injured during their first 4 weeks on the job


The context present and continuing challenges

Contributing factorsLack of experience and training; Those workers with the least experience are more likely to injure themselves due to a lack of knowledge and competencePhysically demanding work; Young workers experience physically demanding working conditions more commonly than the average workforce. Young workers are more likely to partake in lower grade, manual tasks. Young male workers are also more likely to be allocated strenuous tasksIrregular working arrangements; Young workers often work irregular hours. Shift work can increase the risk of workplace injury. Working at night can lead to a higher risk of accident due to the lower number of workers and supervisors


The context present and continuing challenges

How do we reduce the incident rate?Educate young workers: greater investment and commitment to improve education and training both in schools and the workplaceEducate employers: to change their working practicesEnforcement: Tougher sentencing laws send out a powerful message. Health and Safety Executive must have adequate resources to fulfil its inspection duties Focus upon construction and agriculture: concentrate upon improving conditions for young male workers in these sectors. Collaboration required between government, employers and trade unions. More research required to better understand the risks faced by young workers in these sectors


Measures for raising young peoples awareness of the risk of workplace injury and ill health

School-based training

Employer-based training

Other training

Positive safety culture in the organisation

Positive health and safety leadership in the organisation

Worker involvement in health and safety

Raising the profile of hazards (media campaigns, HSE campaigns)

Measures for raising young peoples’ awareness of the risk of workplace injury and ill health


The context present and continuing challenges

Entry Level Award in Workplace Hazard AwarenessRationale:A young person is seriously injured in a UK workplace every 40 minutesIn the UK, in the last decade, 66 under-19s have been killed at workNo prior provision of accredited workplace health & safety training in schools leavers in the UK


The context present and continuing challenges

Entry Level Award in Workplace Hazard AwarenessRationale:A young person is seriously injured in a UK workplace every 40 minutesIn the UK, in the last decade, 66 under-19s have been killed at workNo prior provision of accredited workplace health & safety training in schools leavers in the UK


Entry level award in workplace hazard awareness

Benefits to young workers:

Help to keep them safe on work experience or in their first job

Raise awareness of important health and safety issues

Increase confidence and self esteem

Provide a recognised, accredited qualification

Entry Level Award in Workplace Hazard Awareness


The context present and continuing challenges

Subject contentMapped to National Occupational Standards for Health and SafetyIncludes…Identification of hazards Safety, fire and traffic signs in the workplaceCauses of fire and preventative action Personal Protective EquipmentPersonal hygieneFirst aid provisionReporting accidents, near misses and ill healthEmployer / employee responsibilities


The context present and continuing challenges

A great start . . . Launched for academic year 2007/20081,800 schools (35% of UK total) have participated in the programme to date75,000 candidate entries last year100,000+ candidates this academic year 2008/2009


The next 10 years

BSC has committed £5 million of its charitable reserves to fund the programme over the next ten years

The programme is not restricted to the UK. Already available to British International Schools

GAP year and volunteer schemes are delivering the qualification to schools in developing countries

BSC is keen to work with governments, educations bodies, schools and young people across the globe

The next 10 years…


The context present and continuing challenges

Major policy and legislative issues facing construction SMEs :

Donaghy report into construction fatalities

Extension of remit of Gangmasters Licensing Authority

Raft of EU Directives in train/on the horizon

Accreditation of health and safety practitioners

Better regulation/conservative regulatory agenda


The context present and continuing challenges

HSE Strategy, “The health and safety of Great Britain : Be part of the solution”

Three top priorities :

Developing health and safety competence

Directors and senior managers taking responsibility and providing leadership

Workforce engagement and involvement


The context present and continuing challenges

Neal Stone

Head of Policy and Public Affairs

T: 020 8600 5585

E: [email protected]

British Safety Council

www.britsafe.org

T: 020 8741 1231

Entry Level Award in Workplace Hazard Awareness

www.britsafe.org/schools


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