The UK has been a world leader in health and safety, and remains one of the safest countries to work in the developed world.
However, health and safety law has been subject to repeated attacks by successive governments and parts of the UK media, who have sought portray these protections as burdens on businesses and individuals.
Our research and polling finds that this approach is not supported by the British public. Most people see health and safety protections as sensible rules which protect them and their families from harm, and would like to see them strengthened. In May 2020, six out of 10 people wanted the government to prioritise health and wellbeing over GDP.
With occupational health and safety failures estimated to cost Great Britain £15 billion each year, we believe that the Government should focus on strengthening, not weakening, these rules.