HSE Business Plan Targets Mental Health, ISO 45001 and Major Hazard Industries

HSE Business Plan Targets Mental Health, ISO 45001 and Major Hazard Industries

  • Date: Monday 23rd July 2018

The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) business plan for 2018/19 maps out its priority actions over the next 12 months.

Mental Health

In Q4, the HSE aims to publish revised guidance for employers on how to assess and manage work-related mental ill health, which includes links to the new mental healthcare standards.

The HSE also plans to deliver the next phase of the Health and Work programme, with a focus on work-related stress, reducing levels of occupational lung disease and musculoskeletal disorders.

ISO 45001 

In Q3, a new guide will be published, which will show duty holders how to implement ISO 45001 proportionately and will set out sensible use of the accreditation scheme. 

Major Hazard Industries

The HSE is seeking to reduce the likelihood of low-frequency but high-impact catastrophic incidents by improving the reporting and transparency of safety performance in high-hazard sectors.

In Q3, it will publish performance data for the control of major accident hazards (COMAH) sector on its website. As part of its continuous improvement of the planning process for the COMAH sector, the HSE will also begin to produce three-to-five-year intervention strategies for each COMAH site.

Inspections and Interventions

The HSE plans to deliver a programme of targeted interventions, concentrating on controlling high-consequence risks from legionella, fairgrounds and major construction projects. In Q3, the regulator plans to focus on the control of public safety risks, including those associated with travelling fairs and fixed theme parks. 

In addition, around 20,000 proactive inspections will be undertaken, involving major campaigns targeting priority issues in high-risk industries, each with at least 500 inspections, including metal fabrication, agriculture, waste and recycling, food manufacturing and construction refurbishment. 

Source: IOSH Magazine

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