Government urged to take action over industry safety

Over half of UK business leaders in the manufacturing industry feel the government should take responsibility for the industry’s poor health and safety record.

A report from Weartical.com suggests over half of business leaders in the manufacturing industry feel the government should take responsibility for the industry’s poor health and safety record.

The research focused on five hundred owners, managing directors, financial directors and other senior managers of businesses with a turnover of £50,000, 200 of them with a turnover of over £1 million.

The report found that although 92% of business leaders in manufacturing claimed their employees comply with health and safety regulations, over a third of these leaders are not actually aware of the regulations concerned.

The industry’s key decision makers came under further fire. Not only did the report indicates many were found to be ignorant of the health and safety regulations affecting their company, 18% are doing this with the full knowledge that their industry is putting lives at risk because of a lack of health and safety compliance.

Although manufacturing companies appear not to comply with health and safety regulations, and identify there is a need for improvements, the vast majority (74%) are reluctant to invest any more money in improving health and safety measures.

More than a third of business leaders in the industry feel EU health and safety regulations are a burden to their business, and nearly a sixth felt the UK is falling behind the rest of Europe on health and safety compliance in the workplace.

A quarter of the people questioned said they need assistance in training their employees in health and safety issues, with a third stating health and safety training would assist them in training their staff. Nearly half of manufacturing businesses would use an online provider of health and safety clothing if they cut the cost of procurement and raised standards.

The survey was commissioned by weartical.com, an online provider of workwear and personal protective equipment (PPE) for UK and global industries. Commenting on the findings, Olav Roeyset, CEO of weartical.com says: ‘The manufacturing industry is split into the blue chip companies that invest to ensure they comply to health and safety regulations, and the smaller operators that tend to be more lax about employee health in the workplace.’

‘The big corporations in the manufacturing sector and the general EU businesses examine the overall safety, and invest for long term savings. The smaller end of the industry often provides more short term knee-jerk reaction – which is often the least time consuming and cost cutting route they can find, but not necessarily the most cost efficient and safest.’

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