National health and safety strategy launched at Battersea Power Station
A new strategy instigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been launched at Battersea Power Station.
The strategy, called ‘Helping Great Britain work well‘, was formally launched by Dame Judith Hackitt, chair of the health and safety executive, on the 29th February.
Battersea Power Station currently has over 2,000 workers on-site, and HSE has applauded the development’s approach to managing work-related risks.
In particular the on-site medical facilities at Battersea Power Station, which offer a range of proactive and reactive services, were the subject of a best-practice case study to support the new strategy.
The launch event was attended by representatives from industry, government, unions, regulators and other organisations.
In a foreword to the strategy, Justin Tomlinson MP, the Minister for Disabled People (covering HSE) said: “When people are harmed by work it leads to pain and suffering for individuals and their families, disruption and damaged reputations for companies and costs to the whole economy that make businesses, and Britain, less competitive.
“Nobody wants that to happen and it is vital that everyone is able to play their part in keeping Britain’s economy running as effectively and efficiently as possible.
“The new strategy will help ensure Great Britain maintains its world class health and safety record, whilst also maximising the wider benefits that the system strategy can bring.”
Dato’ Johan Ariffin, Chairman of Battersea Project Holding Company, said: “On behalf of the Malaysian shareholders it is a great honour to be invited to host the launch of this important national strategy.
“That a national agency such as at the Health & Safety Executive cites Battersea Power Station as a case study underlines not only the seriousness with which we take the health, safety and wellbeing of our team, but also the strong relationship between Malaysia and the UK embodied in our collaboration on the restoration of the Power Station.”
Philip Gullett, Chief Operating Officer at Battersea Power Station Development Company, said: “With any project the biggest responsibility is to the team delivering it and without that team the High Street, the Town Square, the Public Park and the new tube station being built on this site would simply not be delivered.
“It is for that reason that we and our Malaysian shareholders have no hesitation in investing considerable time, effort and resources in the health, safety and wellbeing of our team and it is great compliment for Battersea Power Station to be the host venue for this launch.”
Dame Judith Hackitt, Chair of HSE, said: “We have an unprecedented opportunity to keep building a 21st century, world-class occupational health and safety system that will help Great Britain work well.
“If we can all come together to help achieve these things, maintain the gains made in safety, and seize the opportunity to give health the same priority, it will help improve productivity, keep business costs down, help keep workers safe and well, and protect members of the public.”