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Launch of UK HSE Health and Work Strategy

19 December 2016

The UK Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Penny Mordaunt MP, announced on December 16 the launch of a new strategy for health in Britain’s workplaces by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The Health and Work Strategy’s main priorities are work-related stress, musculoskeletal disorders and occupational lung disease. 

The strategy is underpinned by 19 sector plans, based on industry type and risk profile. For each sector there is a draft plan covering its health and safety performance, the top three strategic priorities for the next three to five years and an action plan.

HSE plays a key role in keeping the country’s workforce working well providing practical expertise in occupational health issues, and experience of today’s workplace environments to deliver preventative interventions, guidance and enforcement action for industries as diverse as agriculture, construction and offshore energy. 

A big part of HSE’s work to drive improvements in these areas is engaging with people, businesses and other organisations to ensure they help make a positive change. These are all invited become members of the Helping Great Britain work well LinkedIn discussion group and network to comment on strategies and plans, share ideas and advise the HSE how to help improve Britain's record on work-related health. The conversation can also be followed on social media: #HelpGBWorkWell

The British Safety Council said it welcomed the Health and Work Strategy and hoped it would provide leadership and focus for industry.

Louise Ward, Policy, Standards and Communications Director at the British Safety Council, said: “We look forward to working with HSE and its partner organisations on implementing this very important strategy, which has the potential to make a real difference in the world of work.”

Professor Andrew Curran, HSE’s chief scientific adviser and director of research, revealed the thinking behind the HSE Health and Work Strategy, in his recent interview with Safety Management:

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