UNITED KINGDOM: The 2016-2017 plan of the HSE “to further improve”

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According to the HSE, “the United Kingdom is one of the safest countries in the world with regard to work, but it is still possible to improve”. It therefore makes a number of commitments for 2016-2017

The UK authority invites the stakeholders to appropriate the “Help the United Kingdom work well” strategy and play their role, while it will itself continue to play its role as a key driver and national regulation organization. Within this framework, in accordance with the 2016-2017 action plan that it published recently, the HSE undertakes to: 

  • guide and mobilize stakeholders which operate in the field of health and safety or have an influence on it, endeavouring to change behaviour via the guidelines given, awareness raising and leadership;
  • ensure that the regulatory framework remains effective and that the government agenda in the area of regulatory reform and the Business Improvement Target is complied with;
  • ensure effective risk management and control by various actions taken in enterprises, including the permission and authorization of activities by inspections and enquiries on incidents and issues raised by workers or others; this also means giving a reminder of their responsibilities to those who are unable to fulfil their obligations, so as to protect individuals from any harm;
  • reduce the likelihood of disastrous incidents which are not very frequent but have a significant impact, and the potential damage for workers and the public.

“In implementing this plan, we undertake to ensure the optimization of resources for the taxpayer by reducing our need for government financing, while continuing to improve our efficiency. Our strategic objective is clearly to continue being a modern, independent and efficient moderating organization.”

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