People working in UK manufacturing safety jobs set standards that are the envy of the rest of the world, and by innovating, the UK can remain competitive in spite of having such high standards.
That was the message from business secretary Sajid Javid in a recent speech to the International Festival of Business - the first in a series of 'Blue Skies' sessions.
He spoke out against "governments that are focused on economic success at the expense of workers' safety and wellbeing".
In comparison, he pointed out the higher standards and higher wages given to those in the UK workforce.
He warned against a "race to the bottom" in an attempt to compete with developing countries, which could see standards slip and quality cut."
Instead, he said: "We can do what Britain has always done - we can innovate. We can do things nobody else can do. We can take our skills and our experience and our history and our heritage and can apply it to the challenges of the future."
Dismissing claims that UK manufacturing belongs to a bygone era, he pointed out the 90,000 companies manufacturing in the UK, and the millions of jobs they provide.
"It accounts for half of all British exports," he said. "The world wants what we are making."