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HSE Charts Way Forward with Five Year Strategy

December 17, 2015
Health and Safety

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) want leading industry figures and other key influencers to help in shaping the future direction of health and safety. They intend to publish a five-year strategy in order to keep Great Britain working well and have established six themes which will form the basis of discussions. The themes are:

Promoting broader ownership of workplace health and safety
Highlighting and tackling the burden of work-related ill-health
Supporting small firms
Enabling productivity through proportionate risk management
Anticipating and tackling the challenges of new technology and ways of working
Sharing the benefits of Great Britain’s approach

Launching the new initiative, HSE Chair Judith Hackett said: “We can be proud of the country’s record on work-related safety and health – it’s one of the best in the world. Making it even better is the challenge, so that we can all continue to help Great Britain work well. Getting risk management right is an enabler for productivity, innovation and growth, and is integral to business success as well as the wellbeing of workers.”

There were 142 fatal accidents at work in 2014/15 a reduction of 86% in the 41 years since the HSE came into being in 1974. Despite a similar decline in workplace accidents, it’s still estimated that the annual cost to the economy is £14.3 billion.

You can follow the development of the strategy HERE and on Social Media using #HelpGBWorkWell