Evidence is at the heart of the British Safety Council’s work. The positions we adopt, the campaigns we launch and the public statements we make, will always be based on good evidence. We are investing in research that keeps us informed about current risks as the nature of work rapidly changes.

We undertake our own research and utilise the research of other reputable organisations to help improve our understanding and inform our thinking and opinions on major health and safety issues. 
We regularly survey our members to understand the major challenges they face in managing health, safety and environmental risks and to help provide us with the evidence we need to inform our engagement with government, the regulator and other health and safety stakeholders.


Ensuring the safety and health of young workers

This report presents four case studies from E.ON, G&J Seddon, Wolverhampton City Primary Care Trust and Rok plc, demonstrating that, with the necessary encouragement and support, young people will prosper and take responsibility for good health and safety. This provides some insight into how young workers can be given the skills and confidence to enable them to rise to the challenge of becoming the health and safety champions of tomorrow.

This report was published in June 2010.

Transforming the culture of workplace health and safety

This report identifies innovative and successful approaches to health and safety engagement adopted and practised by five of our leading members at the time. These organisations are British Safety Council Sword of Honour winners 2009.

We would like to thank Adidas, Dawn Group, Diageo Runcorn Packaging, Linklaters and Wylfa Power Station (Magnex North) for their participation and their willingness to share publicly their respective approaches to leadership, workforce involvement and culture more broadly - the 'why', 'how' and 'to what effect'

This report, published in April 2010, was produced for the British Safety Council by Howard Fidderman.

The causes and incidence of occupational accidents and ill-health across the globe

This report contains a synopsis of the data and statistics produced by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), World Health Organisation (WHO) and other organisations concerning work-related fatal and non-fatal accidents and fatal work-related diseases across the globe and in respect of nine countries.

The report includes case studies featuring Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and businesses with global operations highlighting the measures they have in place to promote improvements to labour conditions across the globe and good health and safety among their own workers and those working for their contractors and suppliers.

This report, published in April 2009, was produced for the British Safety Council by Karen Pearson, Active Research.

Engaging with safety culture: a review of current thinking and practice

The British Safety Council commissioned this review to explore how four organisations improved safety culture, and the resulting impact on safety and business performance. The work sought to contribute to the on-going debate concerning positive safety culture and its contribution to improving health and safety performance.

Four organisations - ConocoPhillips’s Humber Refinery, E.ON, Crawley Borough Council and ROK - were identified and agreed to take part in this review as they were actively working to improve their safety culture to improve their safety and business performance.

This report, published in 2008, was produced for the British Safety Council by Sarah Cudmore, Cudmore Consulting.

Future risk: Impact of work on health, safety and wellbeing

A literature review by the British Safety Council and RobertsonCooper brings together the latest evidence, mostly from the UK, into how work is likely to change in the future, what the probable impact will be on people's physical and mental wellbeing and what employers, trade unions, educators and government should do now to prepare for the future. 


    Positions and key issues

    Our policy positions set out what we believe and capture the organisation’s view on key topical issues and are developed in collaboration with members and others to ensure that they remain current.

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    Our manifesto

    The British Safety Council's manifesto, Working Well, outlines five steps for healthier and safer work activities.

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    We can be trusted to offer opinions on what should be done to safeguard worker’s safety, health and wellbeing and ensure businesses thrive.

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