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Letter from Judith Hackitt, Chair of HSC to key LAA personnel

On 14 December, Judith wrote to key LAA personnel to highlight the significant contribution that improvements in workplace health and safety make to local communities and the benefits of their inclusion in LAAs. A further communiqué will be targeted at Chairs of Local Strategic Partnerships and local authority Chief Executives at the beginning of February.

Fine tuning – Targeting and intelligence

Last year marked three years since the Health and Safety Commission’s “A strategy for workplace health and safety in Great Britain to 2010 and beyond” was published.   In January 2007, the HSE Management Board commissioned a project looking at “fine tuning” the delivery of the Commission’s strategy and this review was based on a consultation exercise surrounding the Fit3 and Major Hazards strategic delivery programmes. Both programmes had led to improved delivery in their target areas but it was the right time to build on lessons learned and take forward initiatives to deliver further improvements in health and safety.

There had been concerns raised over five key themes:

  1. Targeting of operational activities
  2. Local discretion
  3. Programme and project bureaucracy
  4. Recognition of high priority non-programme work;
  5. Evaluation of what works.

these themes were explored and reported on in the Fine Tuning (FT) Review.

One of the principal conclusions of the Review was the pressing need for the HSE to have better intelligence both at a national and local level to improve targeting of resources.  To this end, a small project team led by Eleri James was set up and the work to take forward the recommendations in the Fine Tuning Review on Targeting and Intelligence is now underway.  The project Board is made up of Senior Users across HSE and Local Authority interests are represented by Mark Du Val of LACoRS.

 “Intelligence” (in the FT context) means information about duty holders, either individually or sectorally, and about regulated activities, which enables Field Operations Directorate (FOD) within HSE and its staff to “target” its work.

“Targeting” means deciding, on the basis of relevant intelligence, whether, when and how FOD should intervene in order to carry out its functions effectively and efficiently.

The intelligence, which is likely to be of relevance, includes information about the nature, size and location of businesses; their ownership and management; activities, processes, and hazards; the use or presence of substances; standards of control; management competence; the record of incidents, complaints and past enforcement; and information from other regulators or bodies from which inferences about H&S performance may be drawn.

An Action Plan has been developed to recognise that there are specific actions which the project team can take forward, but also recognises that there are other projects, initiatives and services across FOD, HSE and Government-wide which are also seeking to improve our targeting and intelligence sources. The following items are in the initial action plan:

  1. Develop a Regional Intelligence Officer Role
  2. Using Complaints as a source of Intelligence
  3. Obtain and share information/intelligence from/with Local Authorities
  4. Liaison with Trading Standards
  5. Liaison with Other Government Departments
  6. Initiatives in the Construction Programme 2008 and beyond
  7. ICC Data Quality
  8. Use of the cross-Government Business Register
  9. Intelligence available elsewhere in HSE

It is recognised that there are considerable opportunities for HSE and LA’s to improve the targeting of front line work through the sharing of information and working in partnership across a range of services.  It is hoped to explore and evaluate these opportunities over the coming months.

If you have any ideas about the sort of intelligence that HSE can share with you to enable improvements to your targeting or in the development of your service plans, on an individual Local Authority basis or across a Liaison Group, then please let me know.  Alternatively, if you would like to learn more about the Targeting and Intelligence project please contact either:

Publication of LA Prosecutions Data 2006/07

The 2006/07 Local Authority Prosecutions Report has been published on the LAU pages of the HSE website.

The data shows an increase in the number of successful convictions compared to last year but this could be accounted for by the increased response LAU have had with data submission from local authority colleagues.

LA/HSE Partnership Events 2007

It is pleasing to report that we received excellent feedback from the seven LAU/LACORS organised partnership events held in the autumn. The events, aimed at Heads of Service and Councillors, were held in England, Scotland and Wales and were used to capture/share information on local issues, concerns, ideas and priorities. 

Over 600 delegates attended, representing 264 councils, giving us a wide spread of views and opinions. A central theme was the role that health and safety could play in Local Area Agreements and community planning for 2008 and beyond – the events clearly demonstrating a wide range of examples of both good practice and innovative forward thinking. Health and safety can contribute to a significant number of national indicators and needs to be more closely aligned to LAA and community planning outcomes.  Delegates reported many successes of joint HSE/LA partnership working together with working with other partners e.g. with Primary Care Trusts and Crime and Reduction partnerships. 

We are currently analysing all the feedback received, and the outcomes from the syndicate exercises, and considering whether further events would be useful – there was certainly support for localising the events as opposed to having just a “national” event. Delegates also expressed concern at the loss of the annual HELA “innovation awards”. 

Many thanks to those who participated or encouraged their colleague or Councillor to attend. A fuller report will be available shortly on the LAU website and/or the Extranet. 

Update on Workplace Health Connect service

The Workplace Health Connect pilot will run, as planned, until 21 February 2008.  The Adviceline (0845 609 6006) will continue to offer a full advice service over the phone to smaller businesses and workers until 5pm on 21 February 2008.  However, due to the success of the service in engaging with smaller businesses the visit element of the service, available in five regions of England and Wales is now fully booked. Inspectors/Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) should no longer recommend the visit element of the service to potential customers and highlight that telephone support is only available until 21 February 2008, with the exception of Wales.

HSE has reached agreement with the Welsh Assembly Government to pilot a new Welsh service for one year from 1 March 2008.  It will be called Workboost Wales and will provide a similar advisory service on occupational health, safety and return to work issues.

The Healthy Working Lives service will continue in Scotland.

Hotelympia Exhibition, London 17 -21 Feb 2008

HSE will be hosting a stand at the Hospitality industry's main trade exhibition in the Excel Exhibition centre in London's Docklands on 17 to 21 Feb 2008.

This exhibition attracts around 50,000 visitors from all sectors of the Hospitality industry.

The key messages at the stand will be in promoting the 'Stop Slips in Kitchens 'campaign (many of you will have already seen the information packs) and raising awareness on preventing work related contact dermatitis through the 'Look after your hands in the kitchen' project.

HSE, Local Authority (LA) and Health & Safety Laboratory (HSL) staff will be on the stand to offer advice on these topics and to answer questions on other health and safety related matters for the hospitality industry.

Please feel free to visit the stand if you are in the locality.

Upcoming CIEH Events

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Noise as a Nuisance: Training on the new provisions

  1. Wednesday 23 January - London
  2. Tuesday 19 February - Manchester
  3. Wednesday 5 March - London

The New Private Water Regulations: Meeting the challenges

  1. Tuesday 12 February - Manchester
  2. Tuesday 4 March - London
  3. Thursday 24 April - Birmingham

The Legal Implications of Drains and Sewers

  1. Wednesday 13 February - London
  2. Wednesday 7 May - London
  3. Tuesday 8 July - Manchester
  4. Wednesday 10 September - London
  5. Thursday 6 November - Birmingham

Mobile Working Conference: Free to CIEH members

  1. Tuesday 11 March - London

Noise in the Entertainment Sector: The challenges of compliance

  1. Commencing in March

Managing Health and Safety in the Beauty Sector: Raising the standards

  1. Commencing in April

All workshops include accredited CPD activity.

Delegate fees

CIEH members/ CIEH registered trainers £235.00 + VAT = £276.13
Non-members £290.00 + VAT = £340.75
CIEH students £95.00 + VAT = £111.63

Updated 2019-01-31