Health and Safety Executive's Health and Work Strategy
This strategy has been launched at a time when stress and musculoskeletal disorders account for around 80 percent of all working time lost due to illness and as such are priorities in the strategy.
- Last year, work related illness affected around 1.3 million workers and nearly 26 million working days were lost because of it.
- The economic costs total over £9 billion per year for new cases not including ongoing costs from working conditions of the past.
- With an increasing emphasis on health issues in recent years, it is estimated that a quarter of all HSE enforcement notices issued to duty holders concern issues around health in the workplace.
- Musculoskeletal disorders are the most common reported cause of occupational ill health in Great Britain, accounting for 41% of all work-related ill-health cases and 34% of all working days lost due to ill health.
- Work-related stress is the second most commonly reported cause of occupational ill health in Great Britain, accounting for 37% of all work-related ill-health cases, and 45% of all working days lost due to ill health.
The HSE’s aim is to work in partnership with employers, employees and the wider health and safety community to reduce the incidence rate and number of new cases for these priority areas.
The attached strategy and plans sets out the HSE’s approach to reducing cases of work-related stress and musculoskeletal disorders.