All parties should commit to building on the UK’s reputation as a leader in health and safety
While Brexit is set to dominate this election, the British Safety Council wants all parties to commit to building on UK’s reputation as a leader in health and safety by creating a regulatory framework that ensures no-one is injured or falls ill at work. This week we have written party leaders setting our manifesto asks.
We want an overarching commitment to maintain the highest standards of health, safety and wellbeing regulations and employee rights, ensuring that the UK continues to be a world leader in health, safety and wellbeing regulation and enforcement.
This follows claims by the Labour Party that the Conservatives will pursue a policy of deregulation after Brexit, diminishing workers’ rights – something that the Conservatives have strongly denied. The British Safety Council has been clear that Brexit must not be used as an excuse to lower standards.
We also have specific policy asks to support our Time to Breathe campaign, including a call for a legally-binding commitment to meet the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines on particulate matter, something that the Environment Bill does not yet include. The campaign is asking government to recognise air pollution as an occupational health hazard.
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