The Health and Safety Executive has launched a major drive to improve health and safety in the paper making, corrugated packaging and recovered paper industry.
The three-year strategy, entitled Making A Difference 2008-2011, will build on a previous strategy that ran from 2005 and led to a reduction in the sector’s overall reported non-fatal injury rate by 22%. During the same period the number of working days lost was reduced by 35%, said the HSE.
The new strategy has set a target for reducing annual injury incidence rates from the current figure of around 1,170 per 100,000 employees to fewer than 850 per 100,000 by 2011.
Other objectives include improving health and safety management performance and demonstrating within the industry a continuously improving health and safety climate. There is also an objective to improve understanding and control of occupational health.
The strategy has been created in conjunction with the Confederation of British Industry and the TUC to form a partnership called PABIAC.
James Barrett, head of the HSE’s manufacturing sector, said: “Making A Difference 2008-2011 will help encourage companies that have yet to show real progress to start on the road to improvement and will encourage those who have already made good progress to maintain their momentum.”