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Health and Safety Hazards

44. This Strategic Programme focuses on activity to address those health and safety hazards, which result in particularly high incidence rates of injuries and ill health.

Total Gross expenditure

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What we aim to achieve

45. The Delivery Board has set the following targets for the Strategic Programme. These targets will contribute to the Revitalising Health and Safety (RHS) targets (both to be delivered by 31st March 2010):

Target area Health and Safety Hazards Strategic Programme target to be achieved by 31 March 2010 Overall HSE RHS target to be achieved by 31 March 2010
Reduction in fatal and major injuries 5% 10%
Reduction in days lost through work-related injury and ill health 18% 30%
Reduction in new cases of work-related ill health 14% 20%

What we aim to do

46. The Health and Safety Hazards Strategic Programme consists of seven programmes, each dealing with a hazard where significant improvements are needed to help deliver the targets. They are:

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Falls From Height

47. Despite welcome reductions over the last couple of years, falls from height continue to be the most common cause of fatal injury (49 people in 2002/03) and the second most common cause of major injury to employees (around 3000 in 2002/03). All industry sectors are exposed to the risks presented by this hazard, although the level of incidence varies considerably. Ladders account for the greatest number of fall accidents.

48. The programme aims to reduce the number of workers killed or injured by falls from height by:

49. For further information got to http://www.hse.gov.uk/work-at-height/index.htm

Workplace Transport

50. Workplace transport accounts for significant numbers of fatal and major injuries. Every year, about 70 people are killed in incidents involving vehicles at the workplace, (this includes being struck by a moving vehicle, falling from vehicles, vehicle overturns and being struck by objects falling from a vehicle). In addition, there are more than 1000 major injuries.

51. The programme aims to reduce the number of workers killed or injured by workplace transport incidents by:

52. For further information go to http://www.hse.gov.uk/workplacetransport/index.htm

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Work Related Stress

53. Work related stress is the second most commonly reported cause of occupational ill health in Great Britain. In 2001/02, over half a million people believed they were experiencing stress at a level that was making them ill.

54. The programme is built around the five strands of the Securing Health Together strategy.

55. The programme aims to improve understanding of the causes of work related stress and make sure that organisations know how to tackle these causes effectively by:

56. For further information go to http://www.hse.gov.uk/stress/index.htm

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Musculoskeletal Disorders

57. Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs) are the most common type of occupational illness, accounting for over a third of all the working days lost due to work-related illness.

58. WRMSDs are well understood and we know how to manage them. The programme utilises evidence-based practical interventions as a basis for a holistic approach. It is built around the Securing Health Together strategy.

59. We aim to reduce the incidence, and number of working days lost from WRMSDs by:

60. For further information go to http://www.hse.gov.uk/msd/index.htm

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Slips and Trips

61. Slips and trips are the most common cause of occupational major injury accidents. The programme will work in partnership with key intermediaries and stakeholders to develop and communicate knowledge of the causes of slips and trips and how to prevent them.

62. The programme aims to reduce the number of workers injured by slips and trips incidents by:

63. For further information go to http://www.hse.gov.uk/slips/index.htm

Chemicals

64. The programme aims to reduce the number of deaths and cases of ill health caused by failures in the workplace to properly control chemicals.

65. The programme will focus on a number of areas, including:

66. For further information go to:

Physical Agents

67. The programme aims to reduce the number of cases of work-related ill health caused each year by loud noise and hand-arm vibration.

68. The programme will adopt a three-pronged approach to reducing ill health, addressing:

69. The package of new regulations and guidance, implementing European directives on noise and vibration, will inform and support the work of the programme.

70. For further information go to http://www.hse.gov.uk/noise/index.htm and http://www.hse.gov.uk/vibration/index.htm

Updated 2013-06-13