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Future working, future risks

Automation, artificial intelligence (AI) and a working style that can have more of an impact on our mental, rather than physical, health have all combined to create major changes in the everyday life of the working person. Since the Health and Safety at Work Act was introduced in 1974, fatal and non-fatal workplace injuries have dropped by 85% and 58% respectively. Employee assistance programmes, health screenings and discounted gym memberships are common offerings being made to try to boost staff morale and wellbeing, but businesses must take a forward-thinking, people-centred approach to mitigate future risks. According to British Safety Council chief executive Mike Robinson: “Whether it’s 24/7 working, the ‘gig’ economy or the drive towards automation, our mental and physical health, even our very sense of self, is at risk.