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A quarter of frontline workers in the UK are planning to quit their job over how their employer has handled safety amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

The survey, conducted by smart employee app Blink, found that 34% believe their bosses have not done enough to address safety concerns on the frontline.

When asked if their employer had communicated how to protect themselves during the outbreak – through PPE or welfare updates – 40% said they hadn’t received any, describing the overall communication as ‘poor’.  

Nearly three in then frontline workers said they feel their voice isn’t heard when it comes to demanding adequate workplace safety. Additionally, one third feel they do not have easy access to the company’s Covid-19 policy, and 45% say more should be invested in tools and equipment to reduce contact.

Over the past three months, 32% said they weren’t provided with the mental health support required to navigate the detrimental impact of the pandemic. And 37% of respondents said their employer values them less their desk-based colleagues.

Sean Noland, founder of Blink, said: “Frontline workers have already exposed themselves and their loved ones to enormous risk during this pandemic. It’s worrying that such a large proportion of our NHS staff, bus drivers and other key workers still don’t feel safe.

“If the past three months have proven anything, it’s the critical role key workers play in society. Now is the time to invest in our frontline; to protect them, show our gratitude, and better equip them to serve the public.

“When the frontline has everything they need to stay safe at their fingertips – from regular welfare updates and temperature checking tools, to a voice in daily operations – they can finally work with peace of mind.”

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