The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has come out in support of the HSE’s new health and safety strategy plans, as there are changes to suggest more input from the people the plans effect. The HSE strategy will apply from 2016 to 2020 and is designed to cover six distinctive themed areas. The five-year plan sees the Health and Safety Executive looking to engage with relevant bodies, organisations, individuals and companies who represent the groups focused on within their six themes and through this there is a hope that a better strategy for the future of health and safety in the UK will be developed.
The new strategy will pool information and knowledge from industry experts as well as employers and employees across the six selected themed areas which are:
- Acting Together: Promoting broader ownership of workplace safety and health
- Tackling Ill Health: Highlighting and tackling the costs of work-related illness
- Supporting Small Employers: giving SMES advice so they can act effectively
- Managing Risk Well: simplifying the risk management process and helping business to grow
- Keeping Pace with Change: Anticipating and tackling new challenges in health and safety
- Sharing Our Success: Promoting the benefits of the world class health and safety system in the UK
HSE Chair Dame Judith Hackitt has also featured in a related video for the new strategy:
With plans to make this as public a campaign as possible to attract interest and garner opinions and support the HSE Strategy will include events up and down the country with a focus on the core areas of interest as well as dedicated digital discussion groups. The campaign also has the hashtag #HelpGBWorkWell and the HSE are hoping that many people will follow the conversation and get involved, as they publish more information about the strategy on their dedicated page – http://www.hse.gov.uk/strategy.
For their part the IOSH has welcomed this new strategy and has especially highlighted the ‘proposed focus on working together’ as something they are particularly pleased about.
The HSE are very proud of the UK’s health and safety records as figures have dropped steadily but there is still more work to do. Their statistics show that in the last ten years new cases of ill health have fallen around 5%, fatal injuries have fallen by around 36%, the cost of new cases of ill health and injury has fallen by around 17% and the number of working days lost has fallen for around 22%. This shows that things are improving and the workplace is safer than it was but there is still more to do.