CIEH comments on European Commission's new health and safety initiative

Publication Date: 10th January 2017

Subject: 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 CIEH, said: 

“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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About the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH):   

CIEH is the professional voice for environmental health representing over 9,000 members working in the public, private and non-profit sectors. It ensures the highest standards of professional competence in its members, in the belief that through environmental health action people's health can be improved. 

Environmental health has an important and unique contribution to make to improving public health and reducing health inequalities. CIEH campaigns to ensure that government policy addresses the needs of communities and business in achieving and maintaining improvements to health and health protection.  

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