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January 22, 2016

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Glasgow and Cardiff welcome health and safety roadshow

Scottish and Welsh business leaders and supporting organisations have welcomed the HSE’s ‘working well’ roadshow, discussing the development of Britain’s new strategy for workplace health and safety.

The HSE wants leading industry figures and key influencers to have a say in shaping the future strategy for Great Britain’s health and safety system, and has hit the road to hear those views.

By the time the roadshow finishes in London on 2 February, it will have travelled to seven cities around GB.

In Glasgow key speakers included John Cairns, the Chair of Safety Groups UK, Director of RoSPA Scotland Karen McDonnell, and the HSE Chair, Dame Judith Hackitt.

Judith at Glasgow event (2)

Dame Judith Hackitt DBE – Chair of HSE

At the Cardiff event, at the Mercure Holland House Hotel, leaders from organisations such as Arriva Trains, Carillion PLC and Laing O’Rourke were asked to contribute ideas on what will help the countries and regions of Great Britain ‘work well’.

HSE, which is organising the roadshows, recently published the six themes the five-year strategy will cover and a wide range of influencers including employers, workers, local and central government, unions and other regulators are being consulted on their views. The six themes for the strategy are:

  1. Promoting broader ownership of workplace health and safety
  2. Highlighting and tackling the burden of work-related ill-health
  3. Supporting small firms
  4. Enabling productivity through proportionate risk management
  5. Anticipating and tackling the challenges of new technology and ways of working
  6. Sharing the benefits or Great Britain’s approach

There are three overarching aspects the new strategy will tackle and the conversations will seek to address;

  • Taking collective ownership and looking at personal contributions to health and safety that do not cause unnecessary cost or inefficiency to people or business.
  • Over 23 million working days are lost each year through work-related ill-health and the costs to Britain are estimated at over £9.4bn per year.
  • Boosting Britain’s businesses. Ensuring SMEs in particular get the right information, at the right time, and take the right action easily.
Jane Murdoch and John Cairns (2)

Jane Murdoch (Scottish Chamber of Safety – SCOS) and John Cairns (Chairman, Safety Group West Scotland).

HSE board member, Isobel Garner, said: “We know Britain enjoys a work related safety and health record which is undoubtedly one of the best in the world.

“However, the challenge is ensuring Britain continues to work well and that is why we are directly asking workers and employers to give us their ideas on what should be included in the new health and safety strategy for Great Britain.

“We are also asking the question what could people do, or do differently, to help GB work well and better over the lifetime of the strategy.”

Anyone can give a view on the new strategy via Twitter, using #HelpGBWorkWell.

 

 

 

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