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Health and Safety Executive chair Judith Hackitt CBE is to continue in the role for a further three years, the Department for Work and Pensions announced today.
Ms Hackitt was first appointed as chair of the then Health and Safety Commission in October 2007, for a period of five years. Prior to that she was a health and safety commissioner and held a number of senior industry posts, including director-general of the Chemical Industries Association.
Employment minister Chris Grayling welcomed the re-appointment, saying: “I am delighted that Judith Hackitt has accepted reappointment as the chair of HSE. Her challenging of poor decision-making in the name of health and safety combined with a pragmatic, risk-based approach to regulation and enforcement will ensure that the deserved reputation of HSE as a fair and open regulator is maintained.”
Ms Hackitt said she was delighted to have the opportunity to continue as HSE chair at this “exciting and demanding time”, adding: “My focus is clear – ensuring that we continue to drive down death, injury and ill health in Britain’s workplaces, while delivering changes to the regulatory system that make it clearer and simpler for employers to understand what they need to do to manage serious risks.”
The appointment commences on 1 October 2012 and runs until October 2015.
Judith Hackitt has also been named as president-elect of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) for 2013/14. She will take up the role of deputy president in 2012/2013.