Cuts Watch #271: Health and Safety at Work
The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health has warned that Government’s cuts in spending could place public service workers and users at greater risk of injury or illness. The Institute is the chartered body for health and safety professionals. They have called on the Government to recognise the workplace dangers of organisations cutting costs – including excessive working hours, ageing equipment and lack of training – which they claim are the “hidden dangers” of deficit reduction. They are seeking ‘cast-iron assurances’ that the safety and wellbeing of police, social workers and civil servants – and the people they serve – remain top priorities as Departments look to make savings.