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HSE REGULATION OF CONSTRUCTION PROVES EFFECTIVE

Research report concludes improved performance linked to regulator

HSE has now published Research Report RR1082 – The effectiveness of HSE’s regulatory approach: The construction example which  reports on a project which examined the effectiveness HSE’s approach to regulation of the construction sector since 2001.

The main findings of the researchers were that:

  • Catalyst – HSE provided a catalyst for change utilising its unique information on the industry and expertise in understanding reasonably practicable control to support risk creators in their control of these risks;
  • Supply Chain – HSE worked through the supply chain by engaging and acting in partnership with those able to bring about widespread change – such as company directors, or strategic bodies focused on particular interest groups or sectors; and
  • New Approaches – New broader intervention approaches were designed to allow HSE to engage appropriately at critical points in the supply chain.
HSE strategy was significant

The report authors conclude that in light of HSE’s work with the construction industry – and the industry’s efforts to take responsibility and make good health and safety a priority – substantial improvements in health and safety management and performance can be identified and that:

“on balance there would seem to be sufficient evidence to support the hypothesis that HSE’s broader regulatory strategy was a significant factor in the improvements in construction health and safety performance”

The report and work it describes were funded by HSE. The report contents, including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE policy.

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