apart we hope that our industry does
not suffer disproportionately.
Having been established since 1994,
the Federation has been in existence
for 25 years, and this year BSIF will
celebrate a silver anniversary. We look
forward to marking the occasion this
coming June as we remain more
dedicated than ever to supporting
those who keep people safe and
healthy while they are at work.
Through the last 24 and a half years
we have championed the fact that
good safety and health is good for all.
Good safety and health is good for the
workforce and for good for business.
The Health and Safety Executive has
recently published their Annual Report
for 2108 which reflects the progress
that the country continues to make in
keeping the workplaces of the UK safe.
In 1988 there were over 600 work
related death, falling in 2018 to 144
highlighting improvements and the
change in the work place over the
years. However, while we remain an
example to other similarly developed
economies we still have 71,000
employee injuries reported under
RIDDOR with over 550,000 other
injuries recorded in the Labour Force
Survey, illustrating that we have much
work to do still to ensure that the
messages get out there, where they
We consistently hear that the UK has
an issue with “productivity” and the
HSE figures tell us that over the last
year we have lost 30.7 million working
days due to work related ill health and
non - fatal workplace injuries. There is
certainly room to improve yet further.
The direct cost to the economy of
workplace injury and new cases of ill
health has been put at £15 billion.
Good safety - Good business, never
been more true.
We hope that you find the 2019 Guide
to the British Safety Industry to be an
interesting, practical and useful
Alan Murray, BSIF chief executive
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