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12 July 2006 PR 06/84

Who benefits from health and safety?

Health and safety in the workplace – from offshore rigs to hairdressing salons - is under the spotlight, as part of a new study being carried out by Loughborough University.

Managers from across 30 organisations will be interviewed and hundreds of employees surveyed as part of the study, to look at the benefits of good occupational health and safety management for both workers and their bosses.

Jane Ward, of the Department of Human Sciences, which is carrying out the project, said: “Companies in the UK spend millions of pounds on occupational health and safety every year, but exactly how has all the regulation, legislation and information improved working life?

“The effect for employees goes beyond working in a safe environment. It affects how they feel about their job and organisation, in terms of things like job satisfaction and organisational commitment.”

Researchers will ask managers about their views on health and safety, including issues such as compensation claims, while employees will be asked about their job satisfaction and their general health and well-being.

Ms Ward added: “The project will increase understanding about who benefits from health and safety, and how, helping both employers and employees to appreciate the positive effects of a safe and healthy work environment.”

The project is sponsored by the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.
Rsearchers are currently recruiting organisations for the project. Any managers interested in taking part should contact Jane Ward on 01509 228485 or by email at J.K.Ward@lboro.ac.uk,


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Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place it in the top flight of UK universities; the National Student Survey ranked Loughborough equal first among full-time students; and industry highlights the University in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 40% of Loughborough’s income is for research, and 60% for teaching. The University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development; and for its outstanding work in evaluating and helping to develop social policy-related programmes.

In 2006 Loughborough celebrates the 40th anniversary of its University Charter, awarded on 19 April 1966 in recognition of the excellence achieved by Loughborough College of Advanced Technology and its predecessor Colleges. Loughborough University of Technology was renamed Loughborough University in 1996.

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