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European Comparisons

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

Member state Fatal injuries at work
Cyprus 0
Malta 0
Estonia 0.38
Ireland 0.39
United Kingdom 0.52
Germany 0.7
Denmark 0.7
Sweden 0.72
Netherlands 0.75
Finland 0.8
Poland 0.81
Italy 0.93
Slovenia 1.11
EU-28 1.18
Greece 1.22
Austria 1.26
Slovakia 1.29
Belgium 1.3
Czechia 1.31
Latvia 1.49
Hungary 1.51
Croatia 1.63
Spain 1.7
Bulgaria 1.87
Luxembourg 2.2
Portugal 2.26
Lithuania 2.48
France 3
Romania 3.08

(Eurostat, ESAW 2017, http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/data/database)

Member state Worker injuries
Bulgaria 0.0026
Hungary 0.0062
Poland 0.0072
Latvia 0.0091
Estonia 0.0092
Lithuania 0.0097
Ireland 0.0103
Greece 0.0105
Cyprus 0.0119
Romania 0.0122
Croatia 0.0128
Malta 0.0133
UK 0.0135
Czech Republic 0.0157
Sweden 0.0178
Spain 0.018
Italy 0.0183
Belgium 0.0185
Slovakia 0.0197
Slovenia 0.0208
Denmark 0.0234
Portugal 0.0262
Luxembourg 0.0297
France 0.0306
Finland 0.0332
Austria 0.0346

(EU LFS, 2013, http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/data/database)1

Member state Worker ill health
Ireland 0.01
Lithuania 0.012
Greece 0.014
Malta 0.015
Bulgaria 0.016
Romania 0.017
UK 0.019
Italy 0.019
Hungary 0.025
Spain 0.028
Slovenia 0.029
Cyprus 0.032
Czech Republic 0.033
Croatia 0.035
EU-28 0.037
Denmark 0.036
Germany 0.038
Portugal 0.039
Finland 0.042
Estonia 0.042
Latvia 0.044
Belgium 0.045
Slovakia 0.052
France 0.054
Luxembourg 0.055
Sweden 0.073
Poland 0.077
Austria 0.105

(EU LFS, 2013, http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/data/database)1

More information on European Comparisons

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 2017 the standardised rate was 0.52 per 100,000 employees2, which compares favourably with the EU-28 average of 1.18 per 100,000 employees.
  • 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 European countries.

Notes

  1. Due to methodological problems the EU LFS injury data does not contain data for Germany or the Netherlands; as such an EU average figure has not been produced.
  2. The overall GB rate of fatal injuries published by HSE for 2017/18 was 0.36 per 100,000 employees; the standardised rate published by Eurostat accounts for variation in industry composition across EU countries.
Updated 2019-10-17