British Safety Council statement in light of vote to leave the EU

The British Safety Council has commented on the result of the UK’s referendum on EU membership.

Louise Ward, Director of Policy and Standards at the British Safety Council, said: “Over the last 40 years there has been a significant improvement in the health, safety and wellbeing of workers in the UK. This has been driven and structured by our collective approach to risk management developed from our legislative and regulatory framework.  Some of the legislation that comprises this framework has, since the mid-nineties, had its origins in European Directives, but all are now discrete items of UK law.

“Now that the UK has voted to leave the EU, and depending on the terms of any future agreements, there may be a need to review the framework. Caution is required here if we are to continue to maintain our current standards and protect the health and safety of workers in the UK. The objective must be to judge each element of the framework on its own merits and effectiveness not just on its origin.

“The British Safety Council urges government to ensure that any proposed alteration to items of health and safety and environmental legislation is considered carefully. These important decisions must be properly evidence-based and ensure continuity of proportionate and effective protection for workers in the UK.

“UK health, safety and environmental performance is respected internationally. The British Safety Council is committed to maintaining our support to employers, our members and clients across the world to deliver our vision that no-one should be injured or made ill at work.”