Around 8 per cent of UK businesses have slashed their safety budgets amid the recession, according to a new study by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.
But IOSH claimed that, for most companies, it still wasn’t “the first budget on the chopping block”. About 75 per cent of business leaders have denied making any reductions to their health and safety budget.
A further 17 per cent were unsure if any cuts had been made.
The survey – of 720 UK business leaders conducted by YouGovStone – also found that budgets cuts would generally hit incentive schemes first, followed by staffing levels and marketing.
More than one quarter of employers also said that, despite the deepest recession for a generation, they would still give people on incapacity benefit, and older people, the opportunity to return to the workplace.
The survey was launched this week at the House of Lords, along with a new IOSH manifesto which called on the government to press ahead with its plan to get people back to work.