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British Safety Council supports Health at Work research

The British Safety Council has announced its support for the Health at Work Policy Unit at The Work Foundation, part of Lancaster University and a provider of evidence-based research and policy advice.

Launched in 2014, the Health at Work Policy Unit is focused on providing an independent, evidence-based voice on the public debate around health and wellbeing at work.

The British Safety Council has committed to support the next two years of its work, which will include developing policy briefs, undertaking new policy research and creating a sustained voice in government and the media.

Chief executive Mike Robinson said: “With the Health and Safety Executive reporting that for 2013/14 there were 1.2 million people who were suffering from an illness – long-standing as well as new cases – that they believed was caused or made worse by their current or past work, the agenda around occupational health is clear.

“As a result, we’re delighted to have the opportunity to support the research of the Health at Work Policy Unit under the direction of Professor Stephen Bevan.”

The Health and Safety Executive’s John Newbold stated at our 12th annual Combating Legionella & Water Treatment conference this week (29-30 September) that the number of people affected by work-related illnesses was now 500,000 per annum.

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