Review of the occupational health and safety of Britain’s ethnic minorities
Szczepura, Ala, Gumber, Anil, Clay, Diane, Davies, Rhys, Elias, Peter, Johnson, Mark R. D., Walker, Ian and Owen, David (2004) Review of the occupational health and safety of Britain’s ethnic minorities. Sudbury, Suffolk: HSE Books. (Health and Safety Executive research report).
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This report sets out an evidence-based review on work-related health and safety issues relating to black and
minority ethnic groups. Data included available statistical materials and a systematic review of published research
and practice-based reports.
UK South Asians are generally under-represented within the most hazardous occupational groups. They have
lower accident rates overall, while Black Caribbean workers rates are similar to the general population;
Bangladeshi and Chinese workers report lowest workplace injury rates
UK South Asian people exhibit higher levels of limiting long-term illness (LLI) and self reported poor health than the
general population while Black Africans and Chinese report lower levels. Ethnic minority workers with LLI are more
likely than whites to withdraw from the workforce, or to experience lower wage rates.
Some of these findings conflict with evidence of differentials from USA, Europe and Australasia, but there is a
dearth of effective primary research or reliable monitoring data from UK sources.
There remains a need to improve monitoring and data collection relating to black and ethnic minority populations
and migrant workers. Suggestions are made relating to workshops on occupational health promotion programmes
for ethnic minorities, and ethnic minority health and safety 'Beacon' sites.
|Subjects:||R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Employment Research
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Health and Social Studies > Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations
Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School
Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Medicine, Industrial, Minorities -- Employment, Work employment|
|Series Name:||Health and Safety Executive research report|
|Place of Publication:||Sudbury, Suffolk|
|Number of Pages:||211|
|Status:||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
Final version (published as open access).
|Funder:||Great Britain. Health and Safety Executive|
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