A Safe and Healthy Working Environment Is Now a Fundamental Right
The International Labour Organization (ILO), a United Nations agency, has voted to include “a safe and healthy working environment” as a fundamental principle and right at work.1 The United Kingdom is a member of the ILO, and it is obligated to promote its principles.
The ILO is the only tripartite United Nations agency. It brings together governments, employers, and workers of its 187 Member States. These three parties work together with equal say in setting labour standards, policies, and programmes. The aims of the organization are “to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues.”2
Employers can find their key responsibilities, as well as the basic rights and roles of workers and their representatives, in a brochure produced by the ILO.
Health and Safety Executive governs safety and health at work in the United Kingdom. Their guidance, requirements, publications, etc., can be found on their website. In addition, Emcare and Stewart First Aid Training are ready to help you achieve a safe and healthy work environment.