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RR620 Review of targeted initiatives in the manufacturing sector

A number of manufacturing sectors have been operating voluntary ‘targeted initiatives’ whereby a trade association, often with trade union involvement, sets health and safety targets and supports their achievement against a background of HSE prompting and involvement. This review of eleven initiatives found mixed outcomes, with five successful initiatives associated with significant reductions in injury rates and positive subjective feedback. Four other initiatives were either too young or too small scale to provide clear results and the remaining two did not appear to have made progress. A HSE ‘policy model’ is provided to inform future engagement and support of targeted initiatives, along with suggestions on further development of good practice in respect of targeted initiatives.

This report and the work it describes were funded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Its contents, including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE policy.

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Updated 2010-01-27