Posted: 16 July 2018
HSE has released its 2018/19 business plan that sets out its agenda for enforcement and strategic actions. What can you expect and how might you be affected?
There’s no doubt that 2018/19 is going to be an interesting year for many organisations.
In its Business Plan, the HSE outlines its commitments and specific priorities for the year ahead. In summary, it appears that although it will be working hard to ensure a smooth transition after Brexit, it won’t be taking its eye off the ball; research programmes, campaigns, involvement in cyber security, public safety and routine inspections are all on the agenda.
Will inspectors be so tied up with red tape that they won’t have time to drop in unexpectedly on your doorstep? Don't count on it. In 2017 the HSE conducted targeted inspections on approximately 20,000 workplaces; principally those which were known to be higher risk due to incidents or past inspections. It aims to carry out a similar number in 2018/19.
Health continues to be the focus and be the highest priority on the HSE’s agenda with promises to maintain momentum in its campaign Helping Great Britain work well. The aim of this strategic campaign is to drive forward change by co-operative action with industry leaders, businesses, and unions.
Aligned with this are the Health and Work programmes which are more traditional HSE-led campaign which targets key topics. The focus areas for 2018/19 are:
If you receive a visit from a safety inspector, be prepared to explain how you manage any risks in these areas.
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