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We undertake our own research and utilise the research of other reputable organisations to help improve our understanding and inform our thinking and opinions on major health and safety issues.  
We regularly survey our members to understand the major challenges they face in managing health and safety risks and to help provide us with the evidence we need to inform our engagement with government, the regulator and other health and safety stakeholders.
 

The business benefits of health and safety: a literature review

​Factsheet on business continuity

Ensuring the safety and health of young workers

Transforming the culture of workplace health and safety

The causes and incidence of occupational accidents and ill-health across the globe

Engaging with safety culture: a review of current thinking and practice


The business benefits of health and safety: a literature review
 
This report brings together and analyses evidence published over the last twenty years that assesses the impact of interventions to improve occupational safety and health (OSH). Evidence is mostly about health and safety in Great Britain, but does include some European publications. The report presents evidence on the costs of health and safety failure (both in the UK and Europe), the main benefits associated with such an investment (such as reduced sickness absence, improvements to both staff morale and an organisation’s reputation) and assesses the argument that the benefits outweigh the costs of investing in OSH. Data has mainly been drawn from the Health and Safety Executive, Eurostat along with key contributions from research conducted by PwC, EU-OSHA and various international academics.
 
This report, which was published in May 2014, was prepared by Maria Maniati on behalf of the British Safety Council. 

Business Benefits Report


Factsheet on business continuity

In November's Safety Management magazine, you can read about business resilience and continuity in the face of extreme events, such as the weather and the Olympic Games, and what impact they can have on a business.

For more information and guidance on this topic, please see our British Safety Council Factsheet - Business Continuity

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Ensuring the safety and health of young workers

This report identifies four case studies from our member organisations - E.ON, G&J Seddon, Wolverhampton City Primary Care Trust and Rok plc - which demonstrate that, with the necessary encouragement and support, young people will prosper and take responsibility for good health and safety. This provides some insight into how young workers can be given the skills and confidence to enable them to rise to the challenge of becoming the health and safety champions of tomorrow.

This report was published in June 2010. 

Young worker report

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Transforming the culture of workplace health and safety

This report identifies innovative and successful approaches to health and safety engagement adopted and practised by five of our leading members. These organisations are British Safety Council Sword of Honour winners 2009.

We would like to thank adidas, Dawn Group, Diageo Runcorn Packaging, Linklaters and Wylfa Power Station (Magnex North) for their participation and their willingness to share publicly their respective approaches to leadership, workforce involvement and culture more broadly - the 'why', 'how' and 'to what effect'

This report, published in April 2010, was produced for the British Safety Council by Howard Fidderman. 

Health and safety leadership report 

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The causes and incidence of occupational accidents and ill-health across the globe

This report contains a synopsis of the data and statistics produced by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), World Health Organisation (WHO) and other organisations concerning work-related fatal and non-fatal accidents and fatal work-related diseases across the globe and in respect of nine countries.

The report includes case studies featuring Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and businesses with global operations highlighting the measures they have in place to promote improvements to labour conditions across the globe and good health and safety among their own workers and those working for their contractors and suppliers.

This report, published in April 2009, was produced for the British Safety Council by Karen Pearson, Active Research. 

Occupational accidents and ill-health report 

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Engaging with safety culture: a review of current thinking and practice

The British Safety Council commissioned this review to explore how four participating organisations’ practical experience of assessing and seeking to improve safety culture, and the resulting impact on safety and business performance, matched academic research and prevailing theory. The work sought to contribute to the on-going debate concerning positive safety culture and its contribution to improving health and safety performance.

Four organisations - ConocoPhillips’s Humber Refinery, E.ON, Crawley Borough Council and ROK - were identified and agreed to take part in this review as they were actively working to improve their safety culture in order to improve their safety and business performance. 

This report, published in 2008, was produced for the British Safety Council by Sarah Cudmore, Cudmore Consulting. 

Health and safety best practice report

Please get in touch if you have views or suggestions on our research programme, would be interested to collaborate with us or be kept up to date on the work we are doing.

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