Tough Scottish work health targets set

HR directors at the Scottish Health Department have placed the health and
safety of staff at the top of its agenda.

On 15 April they launched six working groups which will set the minimum
occupational health standards it wants managers to follow within two years.

Personnel staff want to cut accidents by 5 per cent a year for the next six
years and develop a national OH service in the NHS in Scotland within three
years.

HR director of the Scottish Executive Health Department, Dr Gerry Marr,
said, "We want to promote occupational health in a more focused way and
recognise that staff need to be supported by the environment they work
in."

One group is looking at the number of injuries from old-style needles and
the cost of introducing safety needles.

• See Occupational Health magazine, May issue.

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