HSE seeks public input on safety strategy

The
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is seeking the views of everybody in the
workplace to help develop its safety strategy for the next decade.

Each
year injuries and ill- health caused by work result in 40 million days off,
claims the HSE.

Now
the body is seeking views on its strategy for the years ahead by publishing
StrategicThinking – work in progress.

HSE
deputy director general Kate Timms said, “Health and safety is seen by some as
a closed book, but the continuing toll of death, injury and ill health tells a
different story.

"Strategic
Thinking – work in progress represents a new departure for HSE in sharing and
seeking comment on HSE’s strategy development process at an early stage. 

“The
paper asks big questions about the future of the health and safety system – If
HSE is to maximise its effectiveness in reducing occupational ill-health, death
and injury, it must not spread its resources too thinly.

"If
we are to concentrate resources on key areas for improvement, some tough
choices need to be made on  where the
resources are taken from. “

www.hse.gov.uk

By Ross Wigham

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