Staff want more awareness

first_imgA new HSE study of social attitudes finds staff feel health and safety isignoredNearly half of UK workers do not believe enough attention is paid to healthand safety in the workplace. In its first British Social Attitudes Survey, the Health & SafetyExecutive (HSE) looked at awareness, attitudes and behaviour concerning healthand safety at work. The study is designed to give valuable indicators as towhether attitudes must change. Conducted during 2001, the study found that knowledge of legalresponsibilities and rights regarding health and safety at work was generallyhigh among those who had worked during the past 10 years. But awareness of who was actually responsible for enforcing health andsafety regulations in the workplace was limited. In industries where health and safety was enforced by the HSE, 65 per centof employees knew it was the enforcing authority. In cases where localauthorities were the enforcer, this figure dropped to 10 per cent. While 49 per cent said not enough attention is paid to health and safety atwork, 42 per cent believe it was about right and only 4 per cent think that notenough attention is paid. Most of those who had worked during the past 10 years think their employerstake health and safety at work seriously. But 12 per cent believed they didn’t and 13 per cent feared they would beseen as a trouble maker if they reported a health and safety problem. The majority (72 per cent) of workers who are supposed to wear protectiveclothing at work said they always wear it, with 16 per cent saying they wore itmost of the time. Just 12 per cent said they only sometimes or never woreprotective clothing. Dr Simon Clarke of HSE’s Epidemiology and Medical Statistics Unit, said:”Increasing awareness and changing attitudes to health and safety at workare a key element in changing behaviours and reducing work-related risk. Thissurvey provides a basis upon which to measure future progress in changingattitudes to, and awareness of, occupational health and safety issues inBritain.” Staff want more awarenessOn 1 Feb 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img