Research is undertaken to help meet HSC/E's business objectives. Research is key in the development and discharge of HSE's strategic plans.
In early 2005 HSE commissioned the Working Lives Research Institute, based at London Metropolitan University, to carry out research aimed at assessing the patterns of employment of migrant workers in England and Wales and the main health and safety risks they encountered, in comparison with other workers in similar positions. The findings are here:
In 2008, a further study reviewed the extensive literature on migrant workers in Britain for evidence that migrant workers are more susceptible to injury and illness in the workplace. No substantive evidence was found. The study also examined the sources of data available for this type of analysis, and evaluated their relative quality and availability. The report is here:
HSE is considering funding further work in this area in 2010, concentrating on all-accident data in a small number of sectors or geographical area. Further details will appear here in due course.
Research carried out for HSE's Construction Division by Synovate in 2008 indicates that foreign/migrant workers are more likely to respond to and take advice from their peers and others within their community. They are less likely to seek advice from central/local government or official agencies. In response to this Construction Division has funded an Outreach Worker project in London, which is trialling the concept of independent multilingual outreach workers talking to foreign migrant construction workers in their mother tongue. The aim of this is to increase the visibility of HSE among this group of workers, and help them to feel more confident about contacting HSE if they have health and safety concerns at work.
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is funding work under its Migration Impacts Fund, aimed at improving the integration of migrant workers. A range of projects, including further outreach worker posts and other communications work, aimed both at workers and their employers, will be undertaken between December 2009 and March 2011.