Countrywide discussions held on plans for HSE’s new five-year health and safety strategy

Countrywide discussions held on plans for HSE’s new five-year health and safety strategy

A series of roadshows has taken place across the country to offer employers and employees the chance to have their say on HSE’s new health and safety strategy.

The five year plans will apply from this year to 2020 and cover six themes: promoting broader ownership of workplace safety and health; 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; and sharing the benefits of Great Britain’s approach.

The opening roadshow was held in Glasgow on Monday 18 January and was attended by leaders from Scottish businesses. Representing the health and safety industry, IOSH president Karen McDonnell addressed the first of seven roadshows set up by the HSE to discuss its new five-year strategy. After presenting at the event, Karen commented:

“Safety and health is a crucial part of any organisation. It is not just the responsibility of just a handful of people; everyone can play their part.

“It is encouraging to see that the themes include reducing the burden of ill health caused by work. As part of an overall culture of care, organisations must view the health of their staff as seriously as they do their safety.”

Subsequent roadshow events were then held in Cardiff, in Bristol, Liverpool and York, culminating in a London event on 2 February.

HSE is also holding digital discussion groups and has a campaign hashtag - #HelpGBWorkWell.

For more information on HSE’s 5 year strategy for health and safety  visit www.hse.gov.uk/strategy

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