Work-related illness and injury costs the UK up to 18 billion pounds a year, while the cost in terms of human suffering cannot be measured. Around 25 million working days are lost every year as a result of work-related accidents and ill-health. In July 2000, the Government launched their occupational health strategy for the next ten years. This was in response to the "Revitalising Health and Safety" strategy which sets challenging targets for reducing the number of days lost through illness and injury at work, and is the next step in achieving that target. As such, the Government has given high priority to improving people's health.If the targets are met, the actions could save society about 8.6-21.8 billion by 2010. This is for the targets relating to a 20 per cent reduction in the incidence of work-related ill health, and a 30 per cent reduction in the number of workdays lost due to work-related ill health. Managers, workers, human resource professionals, and students need to be aware of how they can contribute to protecting and enhancing health during work activities. They can do this by implementing safe systems of work and preventing occupational accidents and ill health.
This handbook is a practical and straightforward compliance manual for all those responsible for the health of employees. The A-Z reference format enables you to pick the subject area, and then the sections guide you through the law, best practice, policy and procedure with useful checklists and sample policy and record keeping documents throughout. This book should aid managers in reducing ill health in workers, helping employees who have been ill, whether caused by work or not, return to work, and using the work environment to help people maintain or improve their health.