An overview of the Health and Safety Executive
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) works along side the local government to support the Health and Safety Commission (HSC) in their aim to regulate health and safety in Great Britain.
Specifically, the HSE aids the HSC in making sure that risks to people’s health and safety from work activities are properly controlled while ensuring that the incidence rates for accidents at work are minimised. Read more about accident at work incidence rates.
Experts across a range of fields from lawyers and medical professionals to engineers and administrators are united in this goal.
The HSC and the HSE have the following strategies in place:
Revitalising health and safety (RHS)
- HSC strategy for workplace health and safety in Great Britain to 2010 and beyond.
- Revitalising Health and Safety – see below
- Securing Health together – the occupational health strategy for Great Britain
This 10-year plan was launched by the government and HSC in 2000 to improve health and safety in the workplace
and reduce accidents at work
with the aim of:
- Helping people at work to protect themselves and their business
- Making work a better place to be
- Helping you decide how to make your work safer and healthier
The strategy consists of three parts: a set of improvement targets for Great Britain, a 10-point strategy and 44 action points to improve health and safety.
The Revitalising targets for the health and safety system are as follows:
- 20% reduction in rate of work related ill health
- 10% reduction in rate of fatalities and serious injuries as a result of accidents at work
- 30% reduction in rate of working days lost as a result of work related ill health and personal injuries caused by accidents in the workplace.
For more details about HSE strategies, work accident statistics or information about preventing accidents at work visit http://www.hse.gov.uk/.