When you’re thinking about health and safety risks you’re probably focusing more on the industry you’re in and the type of work you’re carrying out.
But analysis of data from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Office for National Statistics (ONS) by Moorepay has revealed that some parts of Great Britain are more risky for businesses than others.
London Loves Business reported on the research, which found that Wales has the highest risk score.
The organisation took into account data relating to accidents and fatalities, prosecutions, work-related illness and mental health when giving each area a score out of 100. The average for Great Britain came out at 49.
Wales had a score of 72, followed by Scotland with 63 and the North with 57. London was at the bottom of the list with a score of just 26.
Phil Barker, head of health and safety services at Moorepay, told the news provider that it isn’t difficult for businesses to reduce their risks.
“The most effective way to combat risk at work is through comprehensive risk assessments and ensuring rigorous systems are in place,” he asserted.
Depending on the kind of work your company does, this may involve organising regular breathing apparatus training to ensure everyone’s skills are current.
The HSE recently launched a campaign to highlight examples of good practice within the construction industry when it comes to protecting workers’ lungs from the likes of asbestos, silica and wood dust.
Called Dust Busters, the HSE wants firms to share how they protect workers as part of the campaign. The organisation will also be visiting construction sites around the country to check that construction workers understand the risks and are taking appropriate precautions.