The UK’s approach to health and safety in the workplace is among the worst in Europe, according to new research from the University of Liverpool.
In International Health and Safety Standards after Brexit – commissioned by the Institute of Employment Rights (IER) – academics Dr Andrew Moretta and Professor David Whyte find the UK government ranking alongside Saudi Arabia, North Macedonia and Cameroon when it comes to protecting workers.
Each of these countries has ratified just six of the 36 up-to-date health and safety Conventions put forward by the United Nations’ International Labour Organisation (ILO) – fewer than one in five.
And despite having taken a leading role in the development and support of international labour law in the first half of the 20th Century, the UK’s current commitment to ILO health and safety standards exceeds only that of Romania and Estonia among all EU Member States, according to the new analysis.
Report co-author, David Whyte, Professor of Socio-Legal Studies in the University’s School of Law and Social Justice, said: “The idea that health and safety has ‘gone mad’ has become a modern British myth. All evidence points in the opposite direction.