HSE: £12bn lost a year due to ill health

09-07-2007

HSE: £12bn lost a year due to ill health
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) estimates that some £12 billion was lost to the economy in the year spanning 2005 and 2006 as a result of ill health, prompting concern over the productivity shortfall arising from employee sickness.

HSE chief executive Geoffrey Podger highlights figures estimates that some 30 million working days are lost each year due to poor health and safety at work.

Subsequently, Mr Podger urges employers to do more to tackle the problem and limit health-related absenteeism.

Two of the most common health problems at work are stress and back pain, and through better awareness of their causes it is hoped that businesses can effectively reduce lost working days overall.

"The UK has one of the best health and safety records anywhere in the world but with 30 million working days still lost each year, more must be done to embrace the challenges of the modern workplace," he said according to Workplace Law.

The government has outlined plans that will give six million workers up to eight days of extra annual leave in a bid to stop businesses from including bank holidays in annual leave entitlement, reports 24 Dash.

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.


Bookmark with:
Bookmark with: Digg Digg Bookmark with: Del.icio.us Delicious Bookmark with: Reddit Reddit Bookmark with: StumbleUpon StumbleUpon Bookmark with: Google Google Bookmark with: Technorati Technorati Bookmark with: Netvouz Netvouz

See also:

Latest News:

Search News
News Front Page
Accountancy / Tax
Advertising / PR
Armed Forces
Automotive
Aviation / Aerospace
Banking / Finance
Charities / Voluntary
Childcare / Youth
Construction / Property
Customer Services
Education / Training / Teaching
Emergency Services
Engineering / Electronics
Entertainment / TV / Theatre
Graduate Roles
Health / Beauty
Hotel / Catering / Restaurants
HR / Recruitment
Insurance / Pensions
International / Overseas
IT / Internet
Legal
Management / Business
Manufacturing / Industry
Media / New Media / Creative
Medical / Healthcare
Pharmaceutical Industry
Public Sector
Retail / Wholesale
Sales / Purchasing / Marketing
Science / Technology
Secretarial / PA / Admin
Skilled / Semi-skilled Manual
Telecommunications
Transport / Logistics
Travel / Tourism / Leisure