Is regulation the best way for success in the OSHE World?
Sheila Pantry, OBE
Despite the large amount of quality information that is available in the world, the accident, fatality and ill health figures keep arriving. Recently released International Labour Office (ILO) figures report 2 million Work-related fatalities annually through work-related accidents and diseases. For every fatal work-related disease there are about 100 other illnesses causing absence from work. The biggest killer in the workplace is cancer, causing roughly 640,000 or 32 per cent of deaths, followed by circulatory diseases at 23 per cent, then accidents at 19 per cent and communicable diseases at 17 per cent. So is tighter regulation such as that seen in the UK this last few days the only answer?
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