CIEH comments on European Commission's new health and safety initiative
Publication Date: 10th January 2017
Health and safety
Following the launch of the European Commission’s new
initiative to improve workers’ health and safety, Tony Lewis, Head of Policy at
“It is an absolute right that workers should expect to be
able to leave their place of work as fit and healthy as when they first
arrived. While we welcome the European Commission’s new initiatives to improve
health and safety in the workplace, especially for SMEs which are the lifeblood
of the UK economy, it does raise important questions as to what will happen in
the UK in a post-Brexit world.
“We certainly wouldn’t want to see current health and
safety regulations diminished as a result of the UK leaving the EU and urge the
Government to start thinking about new policies as soon as possible. Robust and
effective health and safety policies are not a burden but enable workers to conduct
their duties effectively and efficiently, which ultimately leads to healthy
workplaces and therefore successful businesses.”
Notes to editors
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Link to the European Commission’s announcement: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-17-2_en.htm
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