UK: HSC Chair Challenges Industry To Meet Safety Targets
Bill Callaghan, chairman of the Health and Safety Commission, today challenged the footwear and knitting industries to develop health and safety improvement targets for their own sectors. Speaking to a combined conference for the two industries in Leicester, he said: "The footwear and knitting trades have suffered heavy job losses recently, and I very much understand that the priority is to ensure a competitive industry. But let there be no mistake, health and safety is a competitiveness issue - a healthy workforce is a productive workforce. The British economy loses £18bn a year through health and safety failures, while the cost in terms of human suffering is impossible to measure."My challenge to the knitwear and footwear industries is for employers, workers and unions to work together to ensure higher standards of health and safety in the workplace. This applies to every firm within a sector - small and large - and for the sector as a whole. I am encouraged to see that many firms take their responsibilities seriously - and there is a role for larger companies to act as good neighbours in order to spread good practice to the many smaller ones within the trade."I would like to see the sector achieve lasting improvements by developing its own targets and contribute to national targets for cutting ill-health and injuries at work."
Get full access to all content, just $1 for 30 days
A Message From The Editor
just-style gives you the widest apparel and textile market coverage.
Paid just-style members have unlimited access to all our exclusive content - including 16 years of archives.
I am so confident you will love complete access to our content that today I can offer you 30 days access for $1.
It’s our best ever membership offer – just for you.
Leonie Barrie, editor of just-style
- Will new Vietnam wage hinder competitiveness?
- Digitisation to drive new apparel-making models
- Fashion fit for the future – strategies for speed
- Under Armour Lighthouse will disrupt production
- How TAL Apparel is staying ahead of the game
- Gap to shutter all UK Banana Republic stores
- MAS Holdings shares commitment to sustainability
- M&S "unappealing" clothing a barrier to growth
- Reebok Liquid Factory reinvents shoe production
- Bangladesh tops China as lead cotton importer
- Africa-Med strategic sourcing review – comparing East Africa, North Africa and Turkey
- REPORT BUNDLE: Africa-Med, Southeast Asia and Central America strategic sourcing pack
- Southeast Asia strategic sourcing review – a focus on Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar
- Apparel (GLOBAL) - Industry Report
- Global Sports and Fitness Wear Market 2016-2020