Battersea Power Station chosen to launch new health and safety strategy
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched a new strategy to improve health and safety in the UK, called Helping Great Britain Work Well, selecting Battersea Power Station as its model company.
The strategy was launched by Dame Judith Hackitt, the chairperson of HSE, on February 29, 2016. The health and safety organisation has been impressed by the approach of the company towards management of risks in the workplace. In support of the strategy, a case study using best practice was prepared using Battersea's medical facilities, which offer services of both a reactive and proactive nature.
Representatives attending the launch included regulators, government members, unions and other professional bodies. The Minister for Disabled People, Justin Tomlinson MP, said:
“When people are harmed by work it leads to pain and suffering for individuals and their families, disruption and damaged reputations for companies and costs to the whole economy that make businesses, and Britain, less competitive.”
He added that the new strategy for health and safety will help to ensure that Britain keeps its current world class record for keeping workers safe.
Dame Hackitt stated that if everyone continues to work together to achieve a 21st-Century system for health and safety, it will keep costs low for businesses, improve productivity, protect members of the public and keep workers safe.
There are many ways to keep employees safe at work, which include careful risk management, the use of safety workwear and implementation of PPE where necessary.