The Hazards Campaign
2008 Conference 18th to 20th July, at Keele University
STATEMENT drawn up at the Campaign Debate ‘The Black Report – the way forward?’ on Saturday 19th July.
‘The National Hazards Campaign welcomed the review of the health of the working population. The Campaign would expect a good occupational health strategy to prioritise the prevention of work related ill health and establish an adequately funded, worker centred occupational health strategy and service free of charge to workers.
Such a strategy would give full recognition to, and enforcement of, existing safety representative’s rights and would allow safety representatives to participate fully in all aspects of health and safety in the workplace. It would give more resources to the Health and Safety Executive and Local Authority enforcement to provide more preventative enforcement with higher penalties for breaches in health and safety legislation and it would recognise that breaches of health and safety laws are criminal offences which should be properly enforced and resourced as other areas of the criminal justice system. It would give support for initiatives such as the Occupational and Environmental Cancer Prevention Campaign.’
“Working for a Healthier Tomorrow” takes no account of the competence of those charged with carrying out risk assessments and has no clear strategies for the rehabilitation of injured workers.
“Working for a Healthier Tomorrow” is an ideological document with no reference to occupational diseases and bears no resemblance to the realities of working life in Britain today. It is a tool for driving workers back to work taking no account of the causes of their ill health and will not deliver a healthier tomorrow for workers. ‘
This motion was passed unanimously by Hazards 2008 delegates at the final plenary on 20th July 2008.
National Hazards Campaign 20th July 2008
The Hazards Campaign,
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