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    HSE LAUNCHES UNDERSTANDING WITH MAJOR ORGANISATION

    New memorandum indicates future of HSE engagement with major companies

    HSE has entered a ‘partnership’ with British Sugar aimed at reducing accident and ill-health risks in the workplace. David Ashton, HSE Director of Field Operations has signed the memorandum of understanding with Gino De Jaegher, Managing Director of British Sugar UK & Ireland.

    The understanding is said to mark “a significant milestone in the partnership between HSE and British Sugar UK and recognises improvements to the company’s safety performance over the last five years.”

    Support exchanged for exemplar objective

    HSE has agreed to support British Sugar UK in its pledge to continue to develop proportionate and sensible risk control systems and to improve its health and safety performance. 

    British Sugar UK commits to championing the drive to improve workplace protections by striving to be an exemplar in occupational health and safety. The signing was supported by both the GMB and Unite Unions on behalf of employees.

    David Ashton, HSE’s Director of Field Operations said:

    ”British Sugar has put considerable effort into making improvements to its health and safety performance over the last five years – and the results clearly demonstrate how uniting employers and employees together can create safer and healthier workplaces.

    Gino De Jaegher, Managing Director, UK & Ireland, British Sugar commented:

    “I am extremely proud of British Sugar being recognised by HSE today. Health and safety is of critical importance to our business and our people, and supports our vision to eliminate all injuries by thinking safety first in everything we do”.

    Eddie Scoggins, HSE Principal Inspector added:

    “Health and safety performance at British Sugar has improved beyond all recognition. Today marks an important milestone – and we are looking forward to continue working constructively with the company in the coming months and years.”

    Comment

    The HSE Construction Division has for many years operated Lead Inspector and Major Project systems designed to engage proactively with major players and projects in the construction sector. However, these arrangements have rarely been formalised in such a public and tranparent fashion. 

    The issues that HSE Construction Inspectors are expected to raise during such interventions are known as the Common Agenda.

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