Businesses in Scotland have had their say on the future strategy for Great Britain’s health and safety system.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is currently on the road gathering the views of leading industry figures and key influencers on the matter.
Its visit to Glasgow this week will be followed by visits to 6 other cities over the next fortnight. London will be the last stop on February 2.
The new strategy for workplace health and safety covers six themes. They are:
- Promoting broader ownership of workplace health and safety
- Highlighting and tackling the burden of work-related ill-health
- Supporting small firms
- Enabling productivity through proportionate risk management
- Anticipating and tackling the challenges of new technology and ways of working
- Sharing the benefits or Great Britain’s approach
Britain’s record on work-related safety and health is one of the best in the world. But HSE says the challenge is to make it even better, so it is consulting a wide range of influencers including employers, workers, local and central government, unions and other regulators on their views.
It claims a strategy for all must be shaped by all, in order to help all nations and regions work well.
The conversations will seek to address three overarching aspects the new strategy – collective ownership, health and boosting Britain’s businesses. HSE adds taking sensible steps to keep workers safe is good for people, good for productivity and good for growth.
Accidents at work
Despite Britain’s impressive safety record, accidents at work still happen. A total of 142 workers were involved in a fatal accident in 2014/15, while 611,000 suffered a non-fatal injury. A further 1.2 million had a work-related illness.
Every year in Scotland there are an estimated 42,000 new incidences and rates of self-reported illness caused or made worse by a current or most recent job. In an attempt to address this, the Partnership on Health and Safety in Scotland has developed a new action plan to help strengthen the pattern of ownership and collective effort in continuing to improve health and safety across the country.
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: January 25, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown