UK has World Class Safety Record but more needs to be done on Occupational Health

February 2004
Management Services;Feb2004, Vol. 48 Issue 2, p4
Academic Journal
This article presents the report released by the British Health and Safety Commission (HSC) concerning occupational health in 2002/2003. According to HSC chairman Bill Callaghan, the world of work does not stand still and the nation's health and safety strategy must keep pace with changes. The aim of HSC is to position health and safety as a cornerstone of society. The report shows the progress in the four main programmes of work and business management. It is a transparent and open record of what has been delivered against the activities set in the Business Plan. Most planned activities in the Priority Programmes have been delivered with compliance activity particularly successful. Much has been achieved in the major hazards sectors, including the publication of the policy statement of HSC on permission regimes and the development of an initial target for major hazards. However, the final number of safety cases processed is below the expected profile because it has been necessary to return many cases to duty holders for further action. In compliance, the final out-turn for numbers of regulatory contacts was 10% above profile and virtually all the incidents that the published criteria of HSC were investigated.


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