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Language barriers mean new dangers at work

HSE InfoLine : 09 December, 2004  (Company News)
Concern that migrant workers could be missing out on crucial health and safety training because their employers are not providing safety material in any language other than English has prompted the Health and Safety Executive and the Trades Union Congress to produce new safety information translated into 21 different languages.
Concern that migrant workers could be missing out on crucial health and safety training because their employers are not providing safety material in any language other than English has prompted the Health and Safety Executive and the Trades Union Congress to produce new safety information translated into 21 different languages.

'Your health, your safety: A guide for workers' provides information about safety rights at work, the level of safety training that workers should expect from their employers, and who they should complain to if they believe their safety is being compromised by poor workplace practices.

Employers have a duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act to provide all of their employees with the appropriate safety training to enable them to do their jobs without risk of illness or injury, but so far this year there have been a number of fatalities involving migrant workers employed in the UK.

With migrant workers now employed in many UK workplaces, lots with only a limited grasp of English, the HSE and the TUC were anxious that safety training purely delivered in English was not being sufficiently well understood. This new information, published in Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Czech, Greek, Gujarati, Lithuanian, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Tamil, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu and Welsh, as well as English - are an attempt to improve safety awareness for this growing segment of the UK workforce.

TUC Deputy General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:
'Workplace deaths in the UK are on the increase and there's a danger that we could soon start to see more fatalities and serious injuries at work as language barriers mean safety messages are going over workers' heads.

'Thorough, but easy-to-understand training is vital if workers are to stay healthy and safe at work. Unions are doing all they can to help foreign workers grasp the basics of English and now employers can use this information to make sure the safety message is being understood loudly and clearly. '

HSE Chair Bill Callaghan commented:
'We are pleased to be working in partnership with the TUC in getting the message across to all workers about their basic rights and responsibilities, irrespective of language differences.'

Union learning reps from construction union UCATT have been helping migrant workers who speak only a few words of English improve their safety awareness by running basic language courses in a learning centre sited at the foot of the Canary Wharf Tower. The centre has proved very popular with the workers, who are mainly from Eastern Europe, and the learning reps say that a basic grasp of English can literally mean the difference between life and death for the workers on site.

The information can be obtained from the HSE website.
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