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Helping Great Britain to work well

29 November 2017

Earlier this year, the Health and Safety Executive, along with unions and industry leaders called for broader ownership of workplace health and safety by asking for public commitments from business. A positive response saw more than 100 organisations making commitments. Now, the HSE has launched an online community to inspire businesses to share their commitment to 'Helping Great Britain Work Well'. 

The launch of the new web community will establish a social sharing network where companies and businesses can make their commitments, share their journey of improvement and help each other and encourage others follow in their footsteps.

HSE chair Martin Temple said: “Making a workplace commitment to health and safety is something that takes time, energy and passion, but the rewards for delivering on that commitment are incalculable. Sensible and proportionate health and safety prevents ill-health, death and injury in the workplace and is good for business and good for workers.”

It is estimated at least 300,000 workers have benefitted since the commitments initiative was launched last year with companies introducing many schemes to benefit workers.

Water utility company, Welsh Water, launched a ‘Back to Health’ scheme aimed to providing medical treatment to assist employees’ recovery from illness or injury significantly faster than NHS provided treatment. 

Construction company Morgan Sindall committed to introducing a suite of ‘Engagement Discussions’ as part of its ‘100% Safe’ Cultural Development Programme which has led to improved knowledge and understanding of health and safety practices.