The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has issued a highly critical report called “Toxic, corrosive and hazardous” that looks at the effect of the Government’s action to cut red tape. The TUC’s main issue is the near 40% cut in funding for the UK’s health and safety system and the consequential reduction in everything from workplace inspections to published guidance.
They consider that the disruption caused to the Health and Safety Executive has had a detrimental effect on workplace safety, and that “health” has been taken out of “health and safety”. Recent reductions in workrelated ill health are seen as being in danger of reversal as a result of what is said to be a failure to address issues such as musculoskeletal disorders and stress. Changes to injury reporting requirements, codes of practice, and levels of general support for employers and safety representatives comes in for criticism.
The 24-page report can be accessed at www.tuc.org.uk/sites/ default/files/Government%20 record%202014.pdf