A survey carried out by the European Agency for Safety & Health At Work has found that sixty three percent of companies in the United Kingdom do not have a specific health and safety budget.
The news comes as twenty four percent of companies claimed that they had been forced to reduce resources available for health and safety due to the economic situation over the past three years.
Indictment Of Attitudes Towards Health And Safety
The Second European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks, or ESENER-2, found that of enterprises operating within production industries only twenty nine percent had a specific health and safety budget, rising to thirty seven percent across all enterprises.
Somewhat more understandably, but still disappointingly, only nineteen percent of companies within the United Kingdom were found to conduct regular medical appointments to monitor the health of employees.
The area in which companies performed the absolute worst was in maintaining, monitoring and understanding psychosocial health and safety factors. This includes working conditions that can cause stress, one of the most common and poorly understood industrial illnesses.
Key Statistics From ESENER2
Although very large companies, with over 250 employees, were much more likely to have a specific health and safety budget, there was still a substantial minority of 31% of large companies who failed to implement this very small step in the right direction.
In fact, implementing a budget for health and safety is such a trivial requirement that it seems as though every company with more than a couple of employees should, without fail, implement such a budget. The fact that so many companies don’t take this measure shows a disregard for employee health and safety and is a real indictment of attitudes towards worker health in the United Kingdom.
Psychosocial risks are by far the least-addressed, contributing to many cases of chronic stress and other such psychological industrial illnesses across the UK every year.
There are no excuses for taking such a cavalier attitude towards employee health and safety, but these statistics are particularly dispiriting. While there are a huge number of companies that aren’t willing to put a health and safety budget in place, there are even more who admit that money and man hours aren’t obstacles to their health and safety activities.
In fact, the lack of obstacles is even more of an indictment of the attitude towards health and safety in the UK than the lack of planning and foresight. Although most staff (91%) are aware that they need to be supported and protected, and even more managers are aware that they need to support and protect their staff (93%), those same managers don’t even take the most basic health and safety measures.
This is despite the fact that 81% of the companies surveyed admitted that staff hours are no obstacle to addressing the issue properly, and 85% admitted that money is no object.
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