New future for Great Britain’s healthy and safety strategy

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released figures showing the improvement that Great Britain has made in work-related healthy and safety issues within the last 10 years and has also announced a new six theme strategy for the future.

The HSE said that Great Britain can be proud of its record in health and safety in the workplace but that there is still much room for improvement. In the year 2014/2015, there was 142 incidents of fatality in the workplace, compared with 223 in 2004/2005; and more than £1.2million people are suffering from an illness caused by work-related issues.

HSE introduces new healthy and safety in the workplace strategy

Dame Judith Hackitt wants to “continue to help Great Britain work well”

The six themes for the new strategy read as follows:

1) Promoting broader ownership of healthy and safety in Great Britain
2) Highlighting and addressing the costs of work-related ill health
3) Simplifying risk management to allow businesses to progress
4) Provide support to small employers
5) Anticipating and addressing new health and safety issues
6) Promoting the success of Great Britain’s leading healthy and safety strategy

Dame Judith Hackitt, chair of HSE, said: “We can be proud of the country’s record on work-related safety and health – it’s one of the best in the world. Making it even better is the challenge, so that we can all continue to help Great Britain work well.”

Dame Hackitt has urged unions, top industry figures, local governments, workers and employers, to offer their opinion on the new strategy for healthy and safety in Great Britain and that they should now start “a conversation” in order to create a “strategy for all, shaped by all.”

Construction firms encouraged to attend safety event

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are encouraging construction companies in Scotland to attend a free event to understand the health and safety risks in one of Britain’s most dangerous industries.

The event is being held to encourage construction industries to get to grips with health and safety in the industry. With 75% of workers killed or injured on building sites from small and medium sized companies, the half-day health and safety awareness event comes at a poignant time for the construction industry.

Construction Safety

The free event, organised by HSE and the construction industry’s Working Well Together campaign is to be held in Bucksburn, Aberdeen on 17 September 2014.

The event’s focus will be on safety issues for construction workers, especially during the ground works stage.

Practical demonstrations and information will be issued on common construction hazards such as unloading/loading lorries and working in confined spaces.

HSE Principal Inspector, Isabelle Martin, said:
“Incidents at the groundworks phase, for example trench collapses, can often be fatal, so it is vital that managers and company owners understand how to reduce risks on their sites.
“This free event will provide essential information and advice that could help save lives, so I urge local construction businesses to attend.”
The event will offer employers and employees practical advice on how to address and manage issues in construction which can impact their safety, and their business.
Last month HSE announced they would be carrying out unannounced spot checks on construction sites during a month-long initiative starting on 22 September in order to tackle health and safety failings in the construction industry.
The health and safety event will be held in the Engineering Lecture Theatre of Scotland’s Rural College’s Cruickshanks Building on the Craibstone Estate, Bucksburn, Aberdeen.