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RR1082 - The effectiveness of HSE’s regulatory approach: The construction example

This project has examined the effectiveness HSE’s approach to regulation of the construction sector since 2001. HSE provided a catalyst for change – utilising its unique information on the industry and expertise in understanding reasonably practicable control to support risk creators in their control of these risks. HSE worked through the supply chain by engaging and acting in partnership with those able to bring about widespread change - such as company directors, or strategic bodies focused on particular interest groups or sectors. New broader intervention approaches were designed to allow HSE to engage appropriately at critical points in the supply chain. In light of HSE’s work with the construction industry - and the industry’s efforts to take responsibility and make good health and safety a priority - substantial improvements in health and safety management and performance can be identified.

A number of key messages are identified, to be considered in the application of such approaches to other industry sectors. These are necessary elements to enable effective engagement with a sector and for the sector to take up the mantle to ‘be part of the solution’ and achieve sustained improvement in health and safety performance.

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Updated 2016-10-21