Survey finds need for change in Health & Safety legislation

New research: 94% think that Health & Safety legislation needs ‘overhauling’


New research finds that over 90% of workers believe the UK’s main Health & Safety legislation, introduced 50 years ago, needs a revamp. Among managerial staff, 97% support this change, with 82% emphasizing the importance of mental health and wellbeing in future legislation. Additionally, 78% see an opportunity to better reflect current workplace risks.

Draeger SafetyThe Dräger Safety and Health at Work Report 2024 also highlights the mental health impact of cost-of-living pressures, particularly on Gen Z, with 59% experiencing anxiety or depression. Overall, 37% of employees report mental health issues due to financial difficulties, affecting sleep, focus, decision-making, and communication, which can compromise physical safety. Despite the focus on mental health, concerns remain about other safety issues being overlooked.

Matthew Bedford, Managing Director of Draeger Safety UK, emphasizes the need for a balanced approach: “While addressing mental health is crucial, we must not forget other vital health and safety issues.”

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Narjiss Ghajour

Editor-in-Chief of Maritime Professionals
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