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Employers must protect workers or face the consequences: British Safety Council

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Employers must protect workers or face the consequences: British Safety Council

British Safety Council backs statement from HSE, CBI and TUC

The British Safety Council has today backed a joint statement from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the CBI and the TUC calling for employers to ensure safe working conditions during the coronavirus outbreak.

The British Safety Council is a membership organisation and charity which campaigns to ensure that no-one is made ill or injured through their work.

Speaking this afternoon Lawrence Waterman said:

“Since the government’s restrictions came in, we have been very clear that employers must protect workers – key to this is for managers to talk to their employees about how they can manage the risks that coronavirus presents.”

“Coronavirus has presented us with a new set of challenges, but it should not undermine our principles – good health and safety practice is about working together to reduce risks and those principles should be applied to making work safe during this crisis.”

Speaking from his home he went on to say:

“There are clearly some employers who are putting safe working conditions at risk – this must end and the HSE is right to insist that it will take action if it has to.”

The full statement can be read here: Joint statement from HSE, CBI and TUC

About Lawrence

Lawrence headed the programme for the delivery of the safest and healthiest major construction project in Europe, the venues, infrastructure and athletes’ village for the London 2012 Olympic Games, for which he was appointed the OBE in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Honours. In a career dedicated to health, safety and environmental management, Lawrence has led the development of occupational health and safety programmes for a number of major organisations, dealing with some of the most challenging environments.

Since London 2012, he worked on major projects as Director of Health and Safety for the Battersea Power Station and the Royal Albert Dock Developments, advisor on the Tideway and Lower Thames Crossing projects, and as a member of the Canterbury Safety Charter for rebuilding Christchurch.    He remains a member of Tarmac’s Senior Health and Safety Leadership Team, adviser to the London Legacy Development Corporation, which continues to develop the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and Partner of the Park Health and Safety Partnership.  As well as Chairman of the British Safety Council, he chairs the Strategic Forum for Health and Safety in the Mineral Products Sector.

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