More than a quarter of young people are putting themselves in danger at work. That’s according to new research which suggests they are failing to follow the health and safety procedures put in place by their employer.
The survey of 2,000 employees, working for businesses that have over five employees, found that 27% of workers aged between 18 and 34 have put themselves at risk by not following their companies’ safety procedures.
This is despite them being more likely than their older colleagues to read the health and safety guidance they were provided with. It found that half (56%) of people aged between 18 and 34 have read their operations manual, compared to only 30% of 45 to 64-year olds.
Even though fewer older people have read their company’s health and safety information, just eight per cent have put themselves in danger by not following the procedures correctly, according to the study by a data capture app provider.
Perhaps more worryingly, the research also revealed that many younger workers wouldn’t know how to deal with a hazardous situation, despite saying that they have read their handbook.
A third (33%) of 18 to 34-year olds admitted they would have no idea what to do if a hazardous situation occurred. But one in ten said that while they would not know how to handle an incident at work correctly, they would know where to find the right information to do so. Compared to younger workers, two thirds (67%) of 45 to 64-year olds would know what to do if a potentially dangerous situation at work occurred.
The survey forms part of a Work Safe report, which looks at the current state of health and safety in the UK and where improvements need to be made to protect workers.