As a part of the 2004 Government Spending Review, HSE has proposed a new Public Service Agreement to:
By 2008 improve health and safety outcomes in Great Britain through progressive improvement in the control of risks in the workplace.
Progress will be measured against the following targets:
The PSA target will be considered to be fully met only if all the targets listed above, i.e. the three RHS sub-targets and the three major hazards sub-targets, are achieved separately.
The PSA target will be considered partly met if:
For work-related injuries, data is gathered from reports made by employers and others  to estimate the incidence of work-related fatal and major injuries. The Labour Force Survey (LFS) measure of all reportable injury will be used as well as the fatal and major injury measure to give a fuller view of work-related injuries that is not subject to under-reporting.
For work-related ill health, data is gathered from SWI  household surveys and other sources including THOR  specialist doctor monitoring schemes, the Industrial Injuries Scheme disablement benefit compensation data and death certificates.
Estimates of days lost due to work-related injury and ill health come from LFS/SWI surveys.
In addition, the new workplace survey currently being developed (see below) will provide data on the three RHS indicators and there will be further development of other sources of data on work-related ill health and days lost over the period from April 2005 to March 2008.
The three measures of RHS outcomes described above are subject to sampling error/statistical uncertainty. To maximise the ability to detect change, the judgement on progress will be based on analysis of movements from all relevant data sources. Information from the new Workplace Health and Safety Survey along with data on risk control collected by HSE’s inspectors will also be used as evidence to support the judgement on progress.
For 2004-05 HSE is developing a workplace-based survey of the health and safety of the workforce in Great Britain. The WHASS, being based on self-reports, will cover the full range of ill health and safety outcomes and will measure the RHS indicators. It will also measure the control of risks related to health and safety systems, policies and climate (to be asked of both employees and employers) and working conditions (to be asked of employees). The WHASS survey will be piloted in Winter 2004-05. Results of the WHASS will be designed to be National Statistics and to meet the associated quality standards.
Since 2002-03 inspectors in HSE’s Field Operations Directorate have recorded information on their contacts with employers concerning eight topics or hazards (falls from height, musculoskeletal disorders, workplace transport, slips and trips, stress, hand arm vibration, noise and asthma), including their assessment of performance on a number of ‘risk control indicators’. The database comprises over 30,000 observations per year, but has limitations in terms of how representative and reliable it is. HSE plans further work on quality assurance, including independent research, with the aim that the RCIs will become sufficiently robust to fulfil the criteria for National Statistics. HSE is also developing other indicators for particular hazards/programmes.
Data are available on reports of ‘precursor incidents’ - incidents that, if they occur, have the potential to contribute to a chain of circumstances leading to a catastrophic event. For the purposes of this target data will be drawn from three sources:
The sources of data used to measure progress against this target vary in their frequency and timeliness, so the judgement of progress at any point will use the latest available data. The table below shows when data from each source is published.
|Source||Publication frequency||Data period covered in next publication||Publication date|
|LFS/SWI||Annual(a)||December 2003 - February 2004||November 2004|
|WHASS||Biennial||December 2004 - March 2005||November 2005|
|RCIs||Quarterly(b)||January - March 2004||August 2004|
|Death certificates||Annual||2002(c)||August 2004|
|Industrial injury scheme cases||Annual(d)||2003||August 2004|
|Major hazard indicators||Quarterly(e)||April - June 2004||August 2004|