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HSC looks to the future

HSE InfoLine : 12 October, 2004  (Company News)
The HSWA resulted in the creation of the HSC. Working with others in the health and safety system in Great Britain, the HSC and Health and Safety Executive have seen and contributed to major advances in reducing injuries and ill health including established occupational diseases. Throughout that time, consultation with industry, unions, local government and other stakeholders has been a core principle of the way the HSC/E works and the open meeting provides an opportunity for that relationship to develop further.
The Health and Safety Commission today held an open meeting at the Mermaid Conference Centre, Blackfriars, London to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act.

The HSWA resulted in the creation of the HSC. Working with others in the health and safety system in Great Britain, the HSC and Health and Safety Executive have seen and contributed to major advances in reducing injuries and ill health including established occupational diseases. Throughout that time, consultation with industry, unions, local government and other stakeholders has been a core principle of the way the HSC/E works and the open meeting provides an opportunity for that relationship to develop further.

The HSC has held previous meetings in public, however, this was the first time that Commission business has been discussed in full view of the public.

The HSC, Chaired by Bill Callaghan, received presentations and discussed:

The recently published HSC Strategy;
Work at height regulations;
The Hampton Review; and
Science strategy.
Both Alan Johnson, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, and Jane Kennedy, Minister of State for Work, attended and addressed the audience focusing on the new HSC strategy during the day.

The HSC also launched a new booklet focusing on the future [214kb]. The booklet will look at how HSC has evolved over the past 30 years as industry in Britain has changed, and also looks ahead at the new challenges that the Commission.

During the afternoon, breakout sessions allowed attendees to debate a number of issues with Commissioners and HSE officials on topics such as the implementation of EU directives, HSC's role in public protection and HSC's intervention strategy and working with other regulators.

Bill Callaghan, Chair of the Health and Safety Commission, said:

'The meeting provides an opportunity to open our work to ordinary members of the public and those dealing with health and safety on a day to day basis.

'It is a good occasion to get our vision across to a range of organisations. We want to see health and safety as a cornerstone of a civilised society and, with that, to achieve a record of workplace health and safety that leads the world.

'HSC/E is a modern and trusted regulator. If it is to maintain the trust of the public and our stakeholders, our work should be open to public scrutiny.'
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