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HSE appoints new chief inspector of construction

Date:
20 February 2015

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has appointed its new chief inspector of construction.

Peter Baker, who is currently Head of HSE’s Chemicals, Explosives and Microbiological Hazards Division, will replace Philip White on 1st April 2015.

Philip, who has been acting interim chief since Heather Bryant left HSE in September 2014, will continue in his role as Head of HSE’s Operational Strategy Division.

Construction is one of Britain’s most important industries employing over two million people. Vast improvements have been made in the sector in recent years however it remains one of Britain’s most dangerous industries to work in.  The post of chief inspector of construction for HSE is hugely influential in working with and encouraging industry to drive up health and safety standards.

Peter said:

“I am delighted to be appointed as the chief inspector of construction, and I am very much looking forward to working collaboratively with the whole of the construction industry to continue the progress it has made in reducing ill health and injury in recent years.

In particular, I want to ensure the industry responds in a sensible and proportionate manner to the revised CDM Regulations.  All changes bring challenges, and I want the industry to work together in focussing on the real health and safety risks to workers’ lives;

I believe that industry leaders also have a critical role to play, and have seen in the major hazard sectors how vital clear and positive leadership is to achieving the effective management and control of risks.”

Philip said:

“I’m very pleased to be handing over to Peter whose extensive experience of managing high hazard industries for HSE stands him in excellent stead to provide leadership for an industry which despite its vast improvements, still has a lot to do. 

Peter will also take over a dedicated and hard-working team within HSE, committed to driving improved health and safety outcomes in the industry”

Notes to editors

  1. The Health and Safety Executive is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to prevent death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. www.hse.gov.uk
  2. Peter Baker joined HSE in 1985. Over 30 years with HSE, Peter has worked as an inspector in East Anglia, London and the North West in a number of industries including construction, air transport, and the chemicals and downstream oil industries. He has also held a number of senior, managerial and operational policy posts in HSE’s Field Operations and Hazardous Installations Directorates, and has previously acted as Director of the Hazardous Installations Directorate and as a member of HSE’s Senior Management Team. He is currently Head of HSE’s Chemicals, Explosives and Microbiological Hazards Division regulating the onshore major hazard industries.
  3. Philip White will continue in his role as Head of HSE’s operational strategy division, which oversees the regulation of key sectors such as waste and recycling, agriculture, and manufacturing.
  4. Please visit www.hse.gov.uk/construction/ for more information on HSE’s work in the construction industry.

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