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Health and safety events focus on sectors

15 March 2017

Great Britain’s independent safety and health regulator is holding a series of events across the country to look at what businesses can do to look after people at work.

As part of its ongoing commitment to reducing death, injury and ill-health in the workplace, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is hosting the engagement opportunities to allow companies to come together to discuss how all industry sectors can contribute to helping Great Britain work well.

The first event was held in Swansea on Tuesday and will move onto Glasgow, Coventry, London with the final one in Manchester in April.

The events being held over March and April will provide a platform for attendees from Britain’s diverse business community to discuss how to drive continued improvement in workplaces across the country.

HSE, Trade Unions, employer groups and business leaders will be asked to submit solutions that can be implemented within businesses, in partnership and how those solutions can also benefit others in the supply chain, particularly smaller businesses.

HSE’s new sector plans have been split into 19 sectors, based on industry type and risk profile, providing a solid base for all to build on and improve. For each sector HSE has covered that sector’s health and safety performance identified the top three strategic priorities for the next three to five years; and included actions HSE proposes to take.

The events will provide a further opportunity to comment on these plans, and HSE is inviting attendees to think about how to implement them to best effect. It will ask how best HSE and dutyholders work together, how workers and people can be reached in new ways, and how the campaigns can resonate with the workforce.

Last year, work related illness affected around 1.3 million workers and nearly 26 million working days were lost to it. The economic costs are equally stark – totalling over £9 billion per year just for new cases – that figure does not include ongoing costs from past working conditions.

It can sometimes be difficult to convince businesses that regulation is as an enabler of economic activity and essential for sustainable growth.

But HSE wants organisations to understand that sensible and proportionate risk management supports growth, enables innovation and protects an organisation’s most vital asset, its people.

HSE will tell attendees it is focused on where it can make a difference, targeting the right places at the right times, whether through enforcement, advising or encouraging and engaging with all sectors to understand how health and safety outcomes can be positively influenced.

HSE has been working with key stakeholders to develop plans for 2017 and is encouraged with the actions that have been outlined – the series of events are designed to refine and fine tune that activity.

Notes to Editors: 

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related 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.
  2. In 2016 HSE developed – in conjunction with a wide range of stakeholders– a new overarching system strategy for the health and safety system called ‘Helping GB work well’.
  3. Businesses and other organisations have already engaged by committing to a multitude of actions that are published in the Help Great Britain Work Well commitments document
  4. HSE news releases are available at

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