HSE’s New Five Year Strategy: Helping Britain to Work Well
- Date: Wednesday 30th March 2016
The Health and Safety Executive launched it's new strategy ‘Helping Great Britain work well’ on 29 February 2016; a five year plan designed to run through to 2020.
The HSE have now held a number of roadshows in January / February 2016 at which leading industry figures attended, allowing them to have their say in shaping the HSEs strategy. The HSE engaged with employers, workers, government, unions, other regulators and key representative groups to discuss what could be done to help Britain work well and to work safely in the coming years.
The HSE’s new strategy has six key priorities which will form a foundation, designed to improve Britain’s occupational health and safety system. The six strategic themes bring a renewed emphasis on improving health and safety in the workplace. These are:
· Acting together – promoting broader ownership of health and safety in Great Britain;
· Tackling ill-health – highlighting and tackling the costs of work-related ill health;
· Managing risk well – simplifying risk management and helping business to grow;
· Supporting small employers – giving SME’s simple advice;
· Keeping pace with changes – anticipating and tackling new health and safety challenges;
· Sharing our success – promoting the benefits of the UK’s world class health and safety system.
Something to Be Proud Of
Britain has the lowest rate of work related fatal injuries in Europe - this is something to be proud of. Since the introduction of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 there has been a huge reduction in deaths and injuries at work. However, the UK HSE statistics for 2014/2015 show:
· 142 people suffered a fatal injury at work
· 76,000 other injuries were reported to the HSE under RIDDOR
· 4.1 million days lost due to work related injury
· An estimated £14.3 billion cost to society as a whole
Since inception the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 has helped to reduce fatal injuries to employees in the order of 86%. Unfortunately, the 2014/2015 statistics show that much work is still required to further reduce accidents in the workplace. The HSE is clear to emphasise that everyone has their part to play.
For more information on the HSEs Strategy please follow this link: http://www.hse.gov.uk/strategy/index.htm.
Source: SSG - Dr Michael Cash