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Table 5.1 Long term policy programmes

Topic Action
Revitalising Health and Safety

Implementation and co-ordination to deliver this strategy, engaging all stakeholders.

RHS targets, the ten point strategy and 44 action points concentrate attention on driving up health and safety performance to reflect the demands of modern working society.


Targets as set in the RHS strategy statement to be achieved by 2004 and 2010, delivery of all action points specific to HSC/E, targets, baselines and outcomes for improving health and safety management systems across the Civil Service as a contribution to delivering the national targets. Industry-specific targets, baselines and outcomes for contributing to delivery of national targets.

Programme of work:
  • developing a strategic approach which identifies priorities for tackling major causes of incidents and ill-health;
  • ensuring baselines, monitoring and programmes are set for priority areas; and
  • developing and implementing a communications strategy for engaging the commitment and participation of external stakeholders.

Other programmes of work will tackle individual action points. They include:

  • promoting better education in risk concepts effective targeting of those who are at greater than average risk;
  • employees or employers in small firms, or with atypical working patterns or vulnerable groups;
  • continuing work to ensure the effectiveness of enforcement;
  • work on management of health and safety;
  • work on engagement of workers in the health and safety system; and
  • 2002 onwards, implementation and monitoring of programmes of work.

Details of progress on individual action points are set out in Annex 2.

Securing Health Together

Implementation of Securing Health Together

Work-related ill health affects over 2 million people and is a serious cost to industry, Government and those suffering. Securing Health Together sets goals to reduce work-related ill health, help those made ill return to work and to improve opportunities for those suffering ill health or disability to get into work.


Targets to be achieved by 2010. Subsidiary targets for each of the five Securing Health Together programmes and for specific projects under the programmes are yet to be agreed with the exception of an increase in the use of occupational health support by 10% by 2003. The WRMSD priority programme and the stress priority programme should provide significant contributions to this work.

Programme of work

  • support the Partnership Board, the Programme Action Groups and OHAC;
  • maintain the Securing Health Together website;
  • carry out necessary monitoring and reporting; and
  • in addition to priority programmes on stress and WRMSDs, Securing Health Together will tackle rehabilitation, gather intelligence on levels of work-related ill health, carry out research, evaluate effectiveness of the Good Health is Good Business campaign and the provision of occupational health support.
Occupational Asthma

Implementation of a strategy for reducing the incidence of occupational asthma

Occupational asthma is a significant ill-health problem. Between 1500 and 3000 people develop occupational asthma each year


20% reduction in the incidence of occupational asthma by 2010.

Programme of work

  • Projects are proposed under each of the five programmes in Securing Health Together; and
  • for 2001/02 a detailed programme of work has been drawn up in collaboration with stakeholders.
Small firms, new patterns of employment & vulnerable groups

There is concern and in some cases evidence to indicate that employers and employees in small firms, with atypical working patterns, young people, the disabled, the socially disadvantaged and others, may be at greater than average risk at work. All these groups warrant additional attention to complement measures in place to control risks in particular sectors and from specific hazards. It is also important to ensure that none are disadvantaged by health and safety legislation.

Programme of work

  • manage HSC's Small Firms Strategy to make small firms healthier and safer for those who work in them and others affected by their activities, monitor its implementation, and use relevant data to review its effectiveness and its sensitivity to the needs of small firms;
  • advise Ministers on the design of a grant scheme to encourage investment by small firms in better health and safety management;
  • explore ways of working with business advice network and local authorities to promote health and safety more generally to small firms and business start-ups;
  • extend and develop the Good Neighbour Scheme and work with the new Small Business Service and Local Business Partnerships, and their equivalents in Scotland and Wales, to ensure that health and safety in the workplace is recognised as an important part of setting up and running a business, and to engage difficult-to-reach small firms;
  • raise the profile of health and safety for potentially vulnerable groups; and
  • ensure that the needs of vulnerable groups and small firms especially are embedded in the way HSE works.
Prevention of at-work traffic incidents

A large number of people drive vehicles for work purposes and many employees work on or by the roadside. All are exposed to risks from traffic and estimates suggest that up to a third of road incidents may involve someone who is at work at the time.

Programme of work

  • analysis of responses to discussion document and report recommendations to HSC and Ministers on the prevention of at-work road incidents;
  • management of research programme; and
  • preparation of ACOP and guidance.
Transport of dangerous goods

Millions of tonnes of dangerous goods are transported every year on the roads and railways. The legislative framework, based on United Nations (UN) agreements and EC Directives, is being fundamentally reviewed and revised over the next two years.


Replace the current large number of regulations and approved documents with a single set of easy to understand regulations, thereby making it easier for duty holders to understand how to comply.

Programme of Work

  • consult on draft proposals to revise regulations implementing EC Directives 94/55 and 96/49;
  • analysis of responses to consultation; and
  • production of revised guidance.
Updated 2009-01-06