1 helping great britain work well 2016. Foreword W hen people are harmed by work it leads to pain and suffering Tackling workplace ill Health is rightly a key theme. Some 23 million working days are lost each year because of it. Individuals, employers and the state for individuals and their incur an annual cost of around 9 billion from families, disruption and ill Health due to today's working conditions. So damaged reputations for reducing workplace ill Health is a must for britain 's companies and costs to well -being and prosperity. the whole economy that Another key theme in the strategy is ensuring that make businesses, and businesses especially SMEs know how to take the britain , less competitive.
2 Right actions easily and efficiently. Legislation and Nobody wants that to happen and, more importantly, guidance have already been simplified but more we cannot afford it to happen. It is vital that everyone needs to be done, and the strategy sets out how. is able to play their part in keeping britain 's economy I was impressed with the energy and drive that running as effectively and efficiently as possible. has gone into creating the new strategy, involving I was inspired to hear through the strategy road stakeholders at events held around great britain shows about businesses large and small that know and discussions over social media. It is now vital that effective Health and Safety management allows the impetus is maintained and that the theme on innovation, enhances productivity and enables ownership is taken up by everyone in the system.
3 Growth. They are exemplars for everyone in the whatever your role, you have an active part to play in Health and Safety system. delivering on the strategy's potential. If that happens, we really will all be helping great britain to work well . That's why this new system strategy has my full backing. It will help ensure great britain maintains its world- class Health and Safety record, whilst also maximising Justin Tomlinson MP. the wider benefits that the system can bring. Minister for Disabled People (covering HSE). 2. helping great britain work well : A new Health and Safety system strategy I want to thank all those who have participated so far in our helping Too much complexity and bureaucracy has built up around Health and Safety .
4 We heard many people say that we already have the knowledge to make great britain work well the themes of the strategy a reality. The message engagement programme that this is about being smarter not simply doing and the vital discussions more resonated with our audiences. By keeping we had about the new things as simple and straightforward as possible we strategy for great britain 's can ensure that all businesses see this as enabling occupational Health and them to be successful and productive. Safety system. We now need to see real ownership of this strategy . The conversations we have had during the first two by the many, not just a few. This is not HSE's strategy, months of 2016 have made it clear that we have it is for the whole of the system and everyone in it.
5 Strong support for all of the themes in the new HSE will continue to take its responsibility as the strategy. We have spoken to hundreds of people prime mover, working with co-regulators, colleagues directly and reached millions more through social across government and other stakeholders to ensure media. But what we have seen is more than just our regulation stays simple and effective, and that 'support', there is a huge amount of energy and a our guidance is accessible to all. But broadening desire to get involved in driving improvement in all ownership of the ambition to improve Health and parts of the system. This gives us every confidence Safety is the key to our success.
6 That we can maintain our Health and Safety record as one of the best there is. Now we need to move We have an unprecedented opportunity to keep forward at pace. building a 21st-century, world-class occupational Health and Safety system that will help great britain There is broad agreement among those with whom work well . we have engaged that preventing harm to workers and the public is integral to businesses being If we can all come together to help achieve these successful and achieving sustained growth. Our things, maintain the gains made in Safety , and seize collective challenge is to ensure that this is known, the opportunity to give Health the same priority, it understood and becomes embedded firmly in will help improve productivity, keep business costs everyone's thinking and in all of our actions.
7 Down, help keep workers safe and well , and protect members of the public. The principles of our system are sound and have stood the test of time: Those who create risks have a responsibility Dame Judith Hackitt DBE. to manage those risks placing the ownership HSE Chair of risk in the right place. Action should be proportionate to the risks that need to be managed which means we need well -thought-out measures to be applied that are tailored to each business, to the nature of the work undertaken and the people who work there. 3. Executive summary Key points great britain has a Health and Safety record to be proud of. Six new priority themes will help great britain to work well .
8 Everyone in the Health and Safety system should play their part. G reat britain 's Health and Safety record is the envy of much of the world. Central to this is protecting people by managing risk in a HSE will continue to be a prime mover, whether through ongoing regulatory reform, working in partnership with stakeholders, carrying out proportionate and effective way, supporting inspections, assessing Safety cases and reports, innovation and increasing productivity. The or where necessary taking enforcement action. challenge is to improve even further on this HSE will look to act increasingly as an enabler, impressive record. HSE is seeking to influence supporting businesses, particularly small and the system through the helping great britain medium enterprises (SMEs), by providing simple, work well strategy.
9 Accessible and relevant advice and challenging While HSE's position as a regulator ensures it will so-called experts' who overprescribe and remain the key player, there is a role to play for overinterpret requirements. This should facilitate everyone who has a stake or interest in improving proportionate, appropriate and effective risk Health and Safety in the workplace. This is what is management, encouraging all those in the system called the system', not an abstract concept, but to take much greater ownership of Health and Safety networks of organisations and individuals, including, and ultimately help great britain work well . among others, employers, employees, industry and To provide a focus for this important work , HSE has trade bodies, supply chains, third-sector bodies, set out six strategic themes that will bring a renewed insurance and legal bodies, workers' representatives, emphasis on improving Health in the workplace, professional institutions and government, as well as as well as building on the highly successful track co-regulators and many others.
10 Put another way, record on Safety . this means all those who undertake, or influence, workplace activities and attitudes. The helping great britain work well strategy sets out the priority themes for us to focus on over the next five years. It is important to acknowledge at the start that this will not be at the expense of what is already done well , but the areas identified here are those on which all will need to focus their efforts collectively to make the greatest improvement. 4. The six strategic themes Key messages in support of helping great britain work well Acting together: Promoting broader We can be proud of great britain 's record on ownership of Health and Safety in great britain .