The Department of Work and Pensions launched the HSE’s new health and work strategy today [15 December 2016]. It aims to improve worker protection.
APS chief executive, Lesley McLeod said:
“Worker safety and health must never just be add-on items. Members of the Association for Project Safety are working hard to ensure there is a continuing emphasis on building in health and safety right at the outset of the design process and to shaping and sharing good practice in design and safety risk management with colleagues right across the construction sector. Our members are pleased the health and safety executive is placing such importance on the issue and we look forward to working closely with them to help cut deaths and injuries as well as to improve long term health outcomes for workers.”
The HSE said:
“This is streamlining the HSE’s thinking around the three key areas. It’s also a jumping-off point for more conversations, with industry bodies, unions, employers and those interested in health and safety. Future action points will be decided in collaboration with stakeholders”.
Details of the HSE strategy outline the three priority areas: 1) occupational stress and related mental health issues; 2) musculoskeletal disorders; and 3) occupational lung disease. Lung disease will be a “priority health topic” in the agriculture, construction, manufacturing, and waste and recycling sectors; MSDs will form a priority in these sectors and also in logistics and transport, and public services; and stress will be an active focus for manufacturing, public services, and waste and recycling.
The strategy was discussed at the HSE board meeting 7 December 2016.
The new initiative comes under the, ‘Helping Great Britain Work Well’ umbrella strategy. Which targets workplace health.
The HSE is also putting a new, dedicated health and work team in place to help co-ordinate the efforts of health and safety organisations, unions and employers around the three priority areas. The team will also co-ordinate research to create a stronger evidence base for policy.
Read more at: https://www.healthandsafetyatwork.com/hse/new-work-health-strategy-mordaunt