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BSC supports HSE health and safety strategy

27 January 2016

The British Safety Council has welcomed the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE’s) engagement with enterprises and other interested parties in light of its new strategy for health and safety – Helping Great Britain Work Well – re-affirming its view that good health and safety is good for business, and that there is work still to be done.

The British Safety Council says it was delighted to have been invited to speak at the event, and Neal Stone, policy and standards director, highlighted the need to get the message across to all businesses, regardless of size, that having fit, healthy, present workers enables business, making it productive and competitive.

Stone said: “We recognise the tremendous achievements in reducing the number and incidence of injuries and ill health occurrences over the last forty years. But there is much more still to be done. Let us recognise that many people are alive and well today due to the commitment of many thousands of workers and managers dedicated to keeping us healthy and safe.

“The British Safety Council remains committed to highlighting the immense, some would say unsustainable, cost of work-related ill health. One of our priorities is getting the message across that health and safety, managed in a sensible, targeted and proportionate way brings not only immense financial benefits to workers, employers and the public purse but social benefits too. The evidence is there, and is supported by our members.

“The British Safety Council is committed not only to pledging support for #HelpingGBWorkWell but adding flesh to the bones. We will continue to work with our members, HSE and other stakeholders to gather and publicise the evidence to help bring the strategy and the six themes to life. We pledge our wholehearted support not just for now but for the long term.”

The HSE is urging employers, employees, local and central government, trade unions and other key influencers to help shape Britain’s new five year strategy for workplace health and safety. Helping Great Britain Work Well covers six themes and interested parties can contribute ideas on ways of further improving Britain’s health and safety record on social media using the hashtag #HelpGBWorkWell.