Blog | Published on 9th Jan 2017

Collaboration is key to Helping Great Britain Work Well

I recently attended the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reception for the Help Great Britain Work Well strategy, HGBWW, at the Imperial War Museum (very impressive venue), hosted by the HSE’s Chief Executive Richard Judge to launch the publication.

Aside from being rather taken with the venue-if you haven’t visited it, you should- I was really impressed with the far-ranging health and safety scheme. The headline being;

Great Britain’s health and safety record is the envy of much of the world. Central to this is protecting people by managing risk in a proportionate and effective way, supporting innovation and increasing productivity. The challenge is to improve even further on this impressive record.

HSE is seeking to influence the system through the Help Great Britain work well strategy.

Ok I thought, yep we all have to take Health and Safety seriously. Many of us jest about the world going ‘Health and Safety mad’ but actually when you witness a scheme of this magnitude you realise that it is so much more than hard just hats and bending at the knee.

In the nine months since the launch of HGBWW, HSE have seen and heard many excellent examples of the activities and commitments being made to help improve health, safety and wellbeing in the workplace. From aligning business objectives with the six themes, to raising awareness of mental health in the workplace. Each project has taken Health and Safety from the compulsory exercise to a high level business objective, embedded in the daily operation. Around 23 million working days are lost every year due to ill health, that’s around 23,000 roads that could have been built with the days lost (3 years for the average project 365 x 3 = 1095 minus about 4 weeks holiday per year rounds it off to 1000 days per project), and let’s face it we could all do with those projects being completed more quickly!

For the heating industry, HSE is more than aware of the joint ongoing work that HHIC, Benchmark and Gas safe are involved with- more will be revealed on this soon. It gives me great pleasure to announce that this is being used as an example in the first edition of the HGBWW Commitments publication.

We can all play a part.