Statistics published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that in Britain between April 2010 and March 2011:

· 24,726 major injuries were reported, such as amputations, fractures and burns, to employees a rate of 99 injuries per 100,000 workers – compared with 26,268 in 2009/10.
· 90,653 other injuries serious enough to keep people off work for four or more days were reported a rate of 363.1 injuries per 100,000 workers – down from 96,427 the previous year.
· An estimated 1.2 million people said they were suffering from an illness caused or made worse by their work, down from 1.3 million in 2009/10. Of these, 500,000 were new illnesses occurring in-year.
· 171 workers fatally injured – up from 147 the previous year.

The data confirms that Britain continues to have the lowest rate of fatal occupational injuries in Europe as well as one of the lowest levels of work-related ill health, which is great news for Great Britain PLC.

The toll of injury and ill-health resulted in 26.4 million working days being lost, an average of 15 days per case – 22.1 million to ill-health and 4.4 million to injury.

Full statistics, including comparisons to previous years, are available online at www.hse.gov.uk/statistics

1. The reporting of health and safety incidents at work is a statutory requirement, set out under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR). A reportable incident includes: a death or major injury; any accident which does not result in major injury, but the injured person still has to take four or more days off their normal work to recover; a work-related disease; a member of the public being injured as a result of work-related activity and taken to hospital for treatment; or a dangerous occurrence (which does not result in a serious injury, but could have done).

2. The Health and Safety Executive is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to prevent death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement.

3. Ensure your company has health and safety covered. Contact IMSM to discuss BS OHSAS: 18001 Health and Safety Management Systems to keep your employees and customers safe. BS OHSAS 18001 is an International Standard created by the world’s leading national standard bodies, certification bodies and specialist consultancies. The main purpose for this imitative to be taken was to remove the confusion in the workplace from the proliferation of certifiable occupational Health & Safety Specifications.

4. BS OHSAS: 18001 Health and Safety Management System has been developed to be compatible with ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems and ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems by complying to the Plan – Do – Check – Act principle of ISO Certification. Furthermore BS OHSAS 18001 is elevated above other Health and Safety standards in that it can be audited and therefore, certified.

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