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November 2012

LRD carries out tenth TUC safety reps survey

LRD carried out the 10th biennial TUC safety reps survey.

The five most frequently cited hazards in 2012 were: stress, bulling/harassment, overwork, back strains, and slips, trips and falls on a level.

Stress - already by far the most widespread top-five concern for reps across all industries in 2010 - has become an even more pervasive problem in 2012:

  • 69% of representatives identified stress as a main hazard compared with 62% in 2010;

  • 36% said stress was the most important hazard in their workplace, compared with 27% in 2010;

  • Stress is even more prevalent as a top-five concern in the public sector (identified by 75% of representatives) than in the private sector (62%);

  • It is the most common or second most common hazard in all 14 industrial sectors;

  • Stress is the most common concern in all sizes of workplace but the figure has risen dramatically in smaller workplaces;

  • Stress is most widespread in the Midlands and Yorkshire and Humberside

Bullying/harassment has become an even more widespread concern in 2012, listed as a top-five concern by 41% of representatives - up from 37% in 2010. It features in the list of the five most common concerns in 10 different industrial sectors, compared with five two years ago.

Concern about overwork has become more prevalent, with 33% of representatives saying this was a top-five concern compared with 29% in 2010. The result is that it has jumped from fifth place in the list to third place.

Violence and threats is now the ninth most commonly cited hazard, the proportion of reps identifying it going from 18% to 20%.

The proportion of safety representatives placing high temperatures in their top-five concerns has fallen from 19% to 14%. And just 8% put slips, trips and falls from a height in the list this time compared with 11% in 2010.

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