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September 2, 2019

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New HSE Chief Executive takes the reins

Sarah Albon began her role as Chief Executive of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in September 2019.

Sarah AlbonMs Albon, the former Inspector General and Chief Executive of the Insolvency Service, joined The Insolvency Service in February 2015, implementing its strategy to improve service to its customers, lower its costs, and further strengthen the UK’s insolvency regime.

She replaced outgoing Acting Chief Executive David Snowball, who has held the post since June 2018 and retired from HSE at the end of 2019.

Sarah said that she felt “honoured to have the opportunity to lead the executive of this important and hugely respected regulator.”

Her previous roles in Government include, Director of Strategy and Change at Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service, Director of Civil Family and Legal Aid Policy at the Ministry of Justice, Deputy Director of Criminal Legal Aid Strategy, Ministry of Justice and has also served as principal private secretary to two Lord Chancellors.

She explained what she’ll bring to HSE as the new Chief Executive stating that her “focus will be on continuing to deliver improvements in health and safety performance as our workplaces move into a future with new challenges, new technologies and new opportunities.”

HSE’s Chair, Martin Temple, expressed that “Sarah’s CV speaks for itself and her valuable experience in leading organisations through change, and planning for the future will stand her in good stead leading this world-class regulator of workplace health and safety.”

Follow Sarah on Twitter at @CEO_HSE.

Draft Building Safety Bill announced by UK government

Alongside the Fire Safety Bill and fire safety consultation, the Building Safety Bill is said to be bringing the “biggest improvements to building safety in nearly 40 years”. The Draft Bill was announced on 20 July by Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

HSE urges businesses to make sure they are COVID-secure

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has called for businesses to follow the government’s 5 steps to being COVID-secure as the lockdown eases and more sectors are set to open their doors.

Workplace fatality figures released for 2019/20

The construction sector has had the highest number of workplace fatalities over the last 12 months, with falling from height still recorded as the most common cause of work-related death. The latest HSE figures also highlight the risks to older workers, with 27% of fatal injuries occurring to workers aged over 60.

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