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European comparisons

The UK compares favourably to the rest of the EU in health and safety standards...

Standardised incidence rates of fatal injury at work, excluding road traffic accidents and accidents on board transport in the course of work for 2015, (Eurostat, ESAW, 2015)

Standardised incidence rates of fatal injury at work, excluding road traffic accidents and accidents on board transport in the course of work for 2014, (Eurostat, ESAW, 2014)

Workers who had an injury resulting in sick leave over the last 12 months (%) (LFS, 2013)1

Workers who had an injury resulting in sick leave over the last 12 months (%) (LFS, 2013)

Workers with one or more work-related health problem resulting in sick leave (%) (LFS, 2013)

Workers with one or more work-related health problem resulting in sick leave (%) (LFS, 2013)

Health and safety systems differ across Europe in recording, reporting and enforcement. The European statistical office (Eurostat) publishes data in as standardised a form as possible. Data available on Eurostat shows that UK performance is favourable compared to other EU countries, with relatively low rates of work-related fatalities, injuries and ill health.

The UK consistently has one of the lowest rates of fatal injury across the EU. In 2015 the standardised rate was 0.51 per 100,000 employees2, which compares favourably with the EU-28 average of 1.29.

European surveys reveal that the majority of UK workers are confident that their job does not put their health or safety at risk. Additionally, UK businesses are more likely to have a health and safety policy, and to follow this up with formal risk assessment, compared to other EU countries.

Notes

  1. Due to methodological problems the EU LFS injury data contains no data for Germany or the Netherlands; as such an EU average figure has also not been produced.
  2. The overall GB rate of fatal injuries published by HSE for 2014/15 was 0.4 per 100,000 employees; the standardised rate published by Eurostat accounts for variation in industry composition across EU countries.
Updated 2018-10-02