Tackling Occupational Health Problems

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has announced that it will be using its latest Occupational Safety and Health Congress to look at how best to reduce the incidence of work-related ill health.

RoSPA highlights that ill health is responsible for more than 99% of work-related deaths, 84% of sickness absence and 43% of all health and safety incidents each year.

Although safety is frequently the priority for organisations, and continues to be an important focus for protecting the workforce, says RoSPA, only 1% of work-related deaths occur as a result of safety breaches, with the rest being from occupational ill health.

The Congress will address the most pressing issues currently affecting the UK workforce, including mental health and stress management, occupational cancer and hearing loss, and will deliver learning opportunities, practical solutions to issues, and best practice examples of ill health reduction currently being implemented in a range of sectors.

“The protection of staff at work is imperative, and safety matters are rightly given the utmost consideration by employers across the country,” commented Tom Mullarkey, chief executive at RoSPA.

“But occupational ill health is a major issue within the UK’s workplaces, and can take many forms - from tinnitus and stress to asbestos-related cancer and mental health issues,” he added.

“Thankfully we are now seeing an ever-increasing number of employers turning their attentions to preventative measures, but we want to put the spotlight on the issue and bring the problem to the forefront of the workplace health and safety psyche,” he concluded.

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