Steve Ashworth

HSE Health and Work Strategy

Stephen Ashworth - Health and Safety Services Manager

The HSE have just held their inaugural Annual Health and Safety Conference. It focused on their new ‘Health and Work Strategy’. It recognises that health challenges in the workplace are many and varied.

  • An estimated 1.3 million people who worked in 2015/16 suffered from an illness they believe was caused or made worse by their work.
  • Cases of work related illness recorded in 2014/15 led to costs of £9.3 billion.
  • Occupational respiratory disease is currently estimated to result in approximately 12 000 deaths each year.

The construction sector is seen as a priority sector, featuring within the top 6 of 19 sectors. The HSE’s aim is to see the continued reduction of fatalities, work related injury and ill health. This will be achieved by:

  • Further embedding the principles of the CDM Regs 2015.
  • Focusing on a reduction in cases of occupational lung disease, Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD’s) and work related stress.
  • Supporting small businesses to achieve improved risk management and control.

As covered in my previous blogs, health is now just as big an issue as safety, they go hand in hand. We can all do our bit to ensure a healthy work environment is achieved.

Copies of the ‘HSE Health and Work Strategy’ and the relevant sector plans are available for download from the HSE website.

 

What can you do?


Speak to your local NHBC Health and Safety Advisor on 01908 746113.