• International Workplace
  • 9 May 2017

Experts debate improving workplace health and safety

Continuing to improve health and safety in the workplace was the topic of discussion at an event hosted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on 19 April, which brought representatives of industry, trade unions and other stakeholder bodies together to share experiences and opinions on what more needs to be done.

One such participant was IOSH, which spoke of the session’s analysis of 19 draft sector plans created by the HSE, which assess current health and safety performance, identify strategic priorities for the next three to five years and outline proposed actions to take.

The engagement event in Manchester was the final session in a series held by the HSE across Britain in March and April. It intends to publish final versions of the sector plans later in 2017.

The events follow work by the HSE in 2016 to develop a new strategy for health and safety, ‘Helping Great Britain work well’, through which the HSE has set out six strategic themes that will bring a renewed emphasis on improving health in the workplace.

The themes 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 SMEs simple advice so they know what they have to do.

Keeping pace with change: Anticipating and tackling new health and safety challenges.

Sharing our success: Promoting the benefits of Great Britain’s world-class health and safety system.

Comments on the HSE strategies and plans can be made on the ‘Helping Great Britain work well’ LinkedIn discussion group, and also by following #HelpGBWorkWell on social media.