This week’s Simply Put article looks at vulnerable persons. We’re thinking about who needs special consideration in health and safety policies.
Health and safety in the agricultural sector
A recent survey has put the spotlight on health and safety culture in the agricultural sector, looking at farmers’ attitudes and what can be done to reduce the occurrence of accident and injury in the sector.
In the UK, the agricultural sector remains one of the most deadly industries. In fact, the HSE have said that agriculture, forestry and fishing is the riskiest industry sector in terms of fatal injuries. Whilst the sector accounts for just 1 in 100 workers, it accounts for 1 in 5 fatal injuries to workers.
Positive health and safety culture
We often talk about a company’s health and safety culture, and how important and beneficial a positive health and safety culture can be.
First of all, it’s important to understand what a health and safety culture is. The HSE define it as ‘the way we do things around here’. It forms the context within which people judge the appropriateness of their behaviour, and influences decisions and performance in the workplace.
IOSH’s No Time To Lose Campaign
The aim of the No Time to Lose Campaign is to bring about better understanding of the causes of occupational cancer, and to help businesses take action. The campaign is working to:
- Get carcinogenic exposure issues more widely understood
- Raise awareness of the issue
- Suggest some solutions to tackle the problem in the UK, with a national model that could be transposed internationally
- Offer free practical advice and original, effective materials to help businesses implement prevention programmes.
It aims to spread the idea that small changes on the workplace can result in a big difference.