6 Key Takeaways from BOHS's Tackling Scotland’s Workplace Ill-Health Crisis

6 key takeaways from the BOHS Tackling Scotland’s Workplace Ill Health Crisis paper and 3 things you can do about it: 


  1. The case for change is strong - Ill health in Scotland has surged 50% in the last decade, preventable workplace illness costs Scotland at least £1bn annually. 
  2. De-regulation will lead to worse outcomes for the workforce. Instead targeted use of devolved powers can make a positive change. 
  3. Outdated data. The problems of asbestos and other hazards could be so much bigger than we realise. 
  4. Asbestos disturbance due to green initiatives and industries is putting workers at risk needlessly. 
  5. Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) is killing 355 construction workers in Scotland a year. Preventable deaths.  
  6. Scotland remains a hub of activity but change is needed to deliver on ambitious growth and climate goals safely. 

What you can do: 

  1. Sign up and become a member of BOHS – they are seeking to influence policy and change. 
  2. Sample and analyse your workplace for RCS, Asbestos and other hazards to keep staff protected. 
  3. Plan, train and explain to staff the risks of their work. Minimising exposure and ensuring appropriate PPE is worn at all times. 


Take action now to avoid staff ill health, comply with regulation and avoid legal action in the future.