Manufacturing is a diverse sector that encompasses a large number of industries and sub-industries, ranging from heavy industries to specialist or delicate operations. They span large employers to those dominated by micro-businesses or the self-employed, and include growing industries as well as those in decline. The health or safety hazards are often specific to the processes involved, which differ substantially between industry/subsector.
This strategy covers the various different industries that make up the manufacturing sector. It takes into account:
Efforts to improve control of health and safety risks across manufacturing must accommodate the diversity between the industries yet continue to be efficient and effective by using consistent approaches. Approaches may need to be customised to meet the requirements of specific industries and sub-industries.
How HSE implements this strategy and how it interacts with the various parts is detailed in the Manufacturing Sector Strategy.