Comparisons with other countries
The UK compares favourably to other European countries in health and safety standards...
|Member state||Fatal injuries at work|
|United Kingdom *||0.61|
(Eurostat, ESAW 2018, http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/)
|Member state||Worker injuries|
|United Kingdom *||1.0|
(Eurostat, EU/UK LFS, 2020, http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat)
|Member state||Worker ill health|
|United Kingdom *||3.3|
(Eurostat, EU/UK LFS, 2020, http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/)
More information on comparisons with other countries
Health and safety systems differ across Europe in recording, reporting and enforcement. To enable comparisons across member states with differing industrial backgrounds, the European statistical office (Eurostat) publishes data in as standardised a form as possible. Data available from Eurostat shows the UK's historical performance is favourable compared to countries across Europe, with relatively low rates of work-related fatalities, injuries and ill health.
- In 2018 the UK standardised rate, at 0.61 fatalities per 100,000 employees, was amongst the lowest of all European countries and compares favourably with most large economies such as France, Italy, Spain and Poland. Germany has a lower rate at 0.55 per 100,000 employees.
- In 2020, the UK rates2 of non-fatal work-related injuries and work-related ill health, resulting in time off work, compared favourably with many European countries.
- European surveys reveal that most 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.
- The overall GB rate of fatal injuries published by HSE for 2018/19 was 0.39 per 100,000 employees; the standardised rate published by Eurostat accounts for variation in industry composition across European countries.
- See the full European Comparisons document for further technical details on the 2020 Labour Force Survey (LFS) figures for the UK.
* Countries outside the ‘EU-27’.