The Safety Systems Strategy Roadshow
The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been out on the road to make sure that leading industry figures and key influencers get the opportunity to have their say on the development of Britain’s new strategy for workplace health and safety. The HSE Safety Systems Strategy Roadshow has been visiting seven major cities in all parts of the UK to ask for contributions and ideas on what will help the countries and regions of Great Britain to “work well”.
The HSE is the independent regulator for workplace health and safety in the UK and has published the six themes that will be covered in the five year strategy. There are three underlying aspects that the new strategy aims to tackle:
- Taking collective ownership and looking at personal contributions to health and safety that don’t cause unnecessary expense or result in inefficiency to people or businesses.
- More than 23 million working days are lost every year to work-related ill health. This costs Britain in the region of £9.4 billion every year.
- Boosting Britain’s businesses – it’s particularly important to ensure that SMEs receive the right information at the right time and are able to take the correct action easily.
While on the road the HSE is determined to let the audiences know just how much has been done to overcome the myth that health and safety means extra bureaucracy. Moreover, they need to communicate the message that paying attention to health and safety issues actually benefits business in terms of productivity, growth and innovation.
The campaign is multi-channel and the roadshow is being backed up by social, online and print media. The hashtag “#HelpGBWorkWell” is encouraging people from all parts of the UK to get involved and join in the conversation.
In a bid to lead by example, Chair of the HSE, Dame Judith Hackitt has used her blog to add her voice to the campaign. She points out that although we have a health and safety record that’s one of the best in the world in the UK, we could still do better. She goes on to say that we need to examine everything we do then hold on to the good and make a firm commitment to change anything that’s getting in the way of further improvements.
Dame Judith believes that good risk management is a fundamental part of ensuring the health, safety and well-being of a workforce because it’s integral to business success. Making sure everybody goes home safe and well after a day’s work is an essential part of running a business and every employer should focus on this. The only way that things will improve is if we all work together to ensure that workplace health and safety is a priority. This is not just the responsibility of employers, but every employee also has a responsibility to ensure his/her own safety, the safety of colleagues and the safety of the public.
The construction industry is still one of the most risky sectors to work in and we all need to play our part in making Britain a better and safer place to work.