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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 for 2016, excluding road traffic accidents and accidents on board transport in the course of work

Graph showing standardised incidence rates of fatal injury at work, excluding road traffic accidents and accidents on board transport in the course of work for 2016, (Eurostat, ESAW, 2016)

(Eurostat, ESAW 2016, http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/data/database)

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

Graph showing number of workers who had an injury resulting in sick leave over the last 12 months (%) (EU LFS, 2013)

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

Percentage of workers with one or more work-related health problem resulting in sick leave

Graph showing number of workers with one or more work-related health problem resulting in sick leave (%) (EU LFS, 2013)

(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 2016 the standardised rate was 0.53 per 100,000 employees2, which compares favourably with the EU-28 average of 1.193 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 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 2016/17 was 0.37 per 100,000 employees; the standardised rate published by Eurostat accounts for variation in industry composition across EU countries.
  3. Due to Eurostat updating the EU-28 figure as of 08/19 it now differs from the rate published as part of HSE fatal release in 06/19.
Updated 2019-10-17