In early December 2008 the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) launched a consultation on its new strategy 'The Health and Safety of Great Britain \\ Be Part of the Solution.'
The HSE's decision to develop a new strategy has been prompted by a range of factors. These include: the recent slowing of improvement in Great Britain's health and safety performance; the changing industrial landscape, with an increase in the number of small businesses and the self-employed; the different risks posed by new sectors; and the need to 'regain the health and safety brand' from those who misuse it 'to proliferate bureaucracy and as an excuse for other things.'
According to the HSE, the new strategy is resetting the direction for health and safety. Goals to be achieved by the new strategy are:
- HSE and Local Authorities will continue to work together to investigate work-related incidents and secure justice.
- Encouraging strong leadership and championing a common-sense approach to health and safety.
- Building the competence of those charged with delivering health and safety in workplaces.
- Promoting the benefits of worker involvement, whether or not the workplace is unionised.
- Customising the support for small businesses to help them comply with their health and safety obligations.
- Avoiding catastrophes in high-hazard industries.
- Taking account of the wider issues that impact on health and safety and its delivery.
The consultation was launched at three simultaneous events in London, Edinburgh and Cardiff on 3 December 2008. A series of regional workshops will take place across Great Britain in January 2009. Key stakeholders will be invited to give their views on the strategy and pledge their support on its delivery. The workshops will begin in Liverpool on 8 January 2009, followed by Newcastle (13 January), Bristol (15 January), Birmingham (20 January), Cardiff (22 January), London (27 January) and Glasgow (29 January). Attendance is by invitation only but anyone can register their interest online or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01772 767717.
Those wishing to take part in the online/written consultation can do so by visiting www.hse.gov.uk/strategy where they will find the HSE strategy and its supporting documents.
HSE Chair Judith Hackitt comments: "We are calling on those involved in workplace health and safety - employers, self-employed, employees, trades unions, manufacturers, suppliers - to work with us on delivering these goals. We all share the same mission: to prevent death, injury and ill health in our workplaces. But HSE and its LA partners, as the regulators for health and safety, cannot do this alone. This is why we are seeking support and involvement from everyone to become part of the solution."
Derek Allen of LACORS adds: "We have worked closely with HSE in developing this strategy, and are very pleased to have a significant contribution to make, both in delivering it as a regulator and as a major employer. Local councils are committed to building on the successful partnership we have with HSE. We will continue to raise the profile of health and safety and working to minimise those work activities that cause real harm and suffering."
Regardless of the outcome of the strategy consultation, Pilz Automation Technology has consultants and engineers available to assist companies with complying with machinery safety standards and Regulations. If required, Pilz also has an extensive range of machinery safety products.
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