Cuts to Health and Safety inspectors are counter-intuitive says CIEH

Publication Date: 26th April 2017

Subject: Health and safety

Following statistics released by Unite that says the number of frontline health and safety inspectors have reduced, Tony Lewis, Head of Policy at CIEH, said: 

“These statistics albeit alarming are not exactly a surprise as they mirror what is happening to local authority-based health and safety officers. Something we were at pains to highlight in our workforce survey almost two years ago now.

“Government agencies at every level, including the HSE, have been required to cut costs and reducing headcount is an obvious tactic. The problem is that when you reduce the number of health and safety inspections, you are putting lives at risk. Workers are less protected and this approach has the potential to be counter-intuitive because if things go wrong, a business will be saddled with unnecessary costs to fix the problems.

“Health and safety is not a burden on business but protects workers and increases productivity in the long-run, which is good for the economy. Along with Unite, we would like to see all the political parties pledge to make workplace safety a priority.”


Notes to editors 

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