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Making Health and Safety a cornerstone of a civilized society

HSE InfoLine : 23 June, 2003  (Technical Article)
The Health and Safety Executive has today called on everyone involved in the world of work to give it their views on health and safety for the next 10 years. Each year injuries and ill health caused by work result in 40 million days off, with effects in terms of personal suffering and lost productivity. Now the HSE is seeking views on its strategy for the years ahead by publishing 'StrategicThinking, work in progress'.
The Health and Safety Executive has today called on everyone involved in the world of work to give it their views on health and safety for the next 10 years. Each year injuries and ill health caused by work result in 40 million days off, with effects in terms of personal suffering and lost productivity. Now the HSE is seeking views on its strategy for the years ahead by publishing 'StrategicThinking, work in progress'.

HSE deputy director general Kate Timms said, 'Health and safety is seen by some as a closed book, but the continuing toll of death, injury and ill health tells a different story. 'Strategic Thinking - work in progress' represents a new departure for HSE in sharing and seeking comment on HSE's strategy development process at an early stage.

'The paper asks big questions about the future of the health and safety system - If HSE is to maximise its effectiveness in reducing occupational ill health, death and injury it must not spread its resources too thinly. If we are to concentrate resources on key areas for improvement, some tough choices need to be made as to where the resources are taken from. '

'The Health and Safety Commission strategy for 2001-2004 includes the major initiatives of Revitalising Health and Safety and Securing Health Together. These have taken us in the right direction. We now need to build on these for the future.'
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