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British Safety Council launches Working Well manifesto

20 April 2012

The British Safety Council (BSC) has launched Working Well, its first ever manifesto for workplace health and safety. Working Well is a five-year roadmap, with five steps and actions to achieve the BSC vision that no-one should be killed, injured or made ill through work activities. 

It covers how to improve the public view of health and safety, the importance of sharing knowledge and expertise, and the need for sensible and proportionate regulations.

The BSC says the manifesto is needed because in the UK, the dialogue now is about reducing the number of regulations around health and safety and more broadly freeing up business to grow at a time of recession, for example with the Red Tape Challenge. The importance of health and safety from a moral, social and economic perspective risks being lost in such an environment. It is vital that the benefits of proportionate health and safety are not forgotten.

At the same time, there is a strong public perception that health and safety is not of great value, and it is often derided. It is a sad fact that globally millions of working men and women are still afflicted by the consequences of badly managed health and safety. 

As a global health and safety charity, the British Safety Council intends Working Well to provide coherence for many international organisations, decision-makers and businesses. Transition economies like India are industrialising at an incredible rate and UK plc has great learning to share.

The steps set out in Working Well are broad and apply to all organisations whatever sector of the economy or whichever country they operate in and suggest concrete actions that can be taken.

The full manifesto is available on the BSC’s website. 

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