HSE, along with local authorities as co-regulators1, is responsible for the regulation of most risks to health and safety arising from work activity in Britain. HSE’s mission is the prevention of death, injury and ill health to those at work and those affected by work activities.
HSE and local authorities are constantly reviewing ways to improve levels of health and safety, and reduce workplace accidents and ill-health. The better regulation agenda is a key part of this. Better, smarter legislation is easier to understand and can help secure a stronger commitment to compliance from business, resulting in improved levels of health and safety. Simplification should not reduce levels of protection for workers or the public.
The promotion of non-legislative methods, especially in lower risk areas, can play a vital role in improving health and safety, particularly by reaching small-and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Good guidance, campaigns and tailored advice are helping to build an understanding that well-managed health and safety leads to business benefits.
Following the merger with the Health and Safety Commission to create a single unitary body in 2008, HSE developed and launched a new strategy in June 2009, "The Health and Safety of Great Britain\\ Be part of the solution" in consultation with its stakeholders. The HSE Strategy sets the overall direction for the health and safety system as a whole and includes recognition of the importance of the better regulation agenda.
Over-arching elements in this Plan link to HSE’s Strategy and its strategic goals, in particular -
1 Local authorities have responsibility for enforcing health and safety law in many business premises including: shops; retail and wholesale distribution; catering establishments; and residential care homes. References to local authorities in the Simplification Plan refer mainly to their role as co-regulators but as duty holders they are also important stakeholders.