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HSE COMMITS TO RISK MANAGEMENT SIMPLIFICATION

Upcoming strategy to target “well meaning over-complication” by others

HSE has announced the start of a new Strategy – Helping Great Britain Work Well – aimed at “getting risk management right”. The HSE Chair Judith Hackitt has set the scene for the Strategy by stating:

“Good risk management is fundamental because it helps lead to improved productivity, higher levels of innovation and it delivers economic growth. I’ve said many times in this blog that it is integral to business success, as well as being about ensuring that everyone goes home safe and well after a day’s work. It’s about focusing on the important stuff and putting measures in place which are proportionate and sensible.”

The new strategy for GB’s health and safety system is designed to take the UK through to 2020. The strategy has six key themes and HSE is seeking broad ownership and commitment.

The regulator is therefore holding a series of “conversations” around the country before formal launch of the new strategy.

Risk management is one area where HSE believe we “need to hold on to what is good and also take new steps”. Ms Hackitt explains:

“In recent years HSE has worked hard to simplify regulations while maintaining standards of protection. It’s been very well received but we know there is more to do.

We need to identify where the well-meaning efforts of others over-complicate things rather than simplify and to understand how we can change this.”

 

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