Calling on the Construction Industry to Shape the Future of Health and Safety in the Workplace
The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is calling on industry figures and key influencers to collaborate in shaping the future strategy for Britain’s health and safety system. The HSE recently published six themes that will be covered in the five year strategy and is currently engaging the organisations and people to help make the plan a success. The UK’s workplace health and safety record is one of the best in the world making Britain one of the safest places on the planet to work. However, the HSE is determined to meet the challenge of improving things even more and is calling on industry to get involved and have a say in shaping the future of health and safety in the workplace. The six themes that make up the strategy are:
- Managing Risk Well – simplifying risk management and helping businesses to grow.
- Keeping Pace with Change – anticipating and overcoming new challenges when it comes to health and safety at work.
- Tackling Ill Health – highlighting and tackling the costs of work-related ill health and injuries.
- Acting Together – promoting a broader ownership of health and safety issues here in the UK.
- Supporting Small Employers – making sure SMEs have the advice and resources necessary to ensure a safe and healthy workplace.
- Sharing Success – promoting the benefits of the UK’s world class health and safety system.
The government is determined that Britain becomes more productive and that we live in a society that rewards hard work and helps everybody to benefit from the opportunities provided by economic growth. After the lean years of the economic crisis, this is welcome news – it’s about time Britain started to work well again for its people.
While health and safety in the workplace has improved dramatically over the past 20 – 30 years, this should not make us complacent as there is always room for improvement. Check out the table below to see just how much things have changed in the past ten years alone.
An essential part of getting Britain working well again is health and safety in the workplace. Having the right policies and procedures in the workplace is good for business, good for productivity, good for growth and, above all else, good for people. The best employers always pay attention to health and safety, making sure that they fulfil their obligations towards the workforce by making sure the work place is as safe as possible and that risks are at a minimum. This involves getting the risk management process right – it enables innovation and growth and is integral to business success.
If you’d like to get involved in shaping the future of health and safety in the workplace here in the UK, then don’t delay – head on over to the Health and Safety Executive’s website now to see how you can join in and make your voice heard.