There are several issues in the United Kingdom at the moment that could affect workplace safety, not including Lord Young’s OHS review.
Another issue is that a TUC survey has found:
“Almost half (49%) of safety representatives said that as far as they know, a health and safety inspector has never inspected their workplace…”
“Knowing that an inspector is likely to visit is one of the key drivers to changing employers’ behaviour and making the workplace safer and healthier. It is a scandal that nearly half of workplaces in the UK have never been visited by a health and safety inspector.”
“My report highlights the role that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and local authorities have in promoting a common sense approach to health and safety. Their role is pivotal in ensuring that businesses, schools and voluntary organisations can operate in a way where health and safety is applied in a proportionate manner.”
“I propose that the HSE develop downloadable checklists to reassure organisations operating in low hazard environments that they are meeting their legal obligations and managing risk so far as is reasonably practicable.”