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IOSH South West Branch meeting - June 2017

Martin Temple CBE, HSE Chair

Thank you very much to the IOSH South West Branch for inviting me to speak here today and for arranging the fascinating tour I have had last night and this morning.

I hope you are all aware of the strategy for the health and safety system that was launched last year – Helping Great Britain Work Well. It’s something we all need to be involved in helping to deliver, and getting others to deliver as well.

Just to briefly mention, the six themes in HGBWW are:

I’ve missed a theme out, did you spot it?

All must take place in the right way, the right place and the right time.

We cannot be a relevant and effective regulator if we remain unaware of what is going on, and preparing for the probables and the new present.

*Good assessment of new and emerging hazards and how they can be effectively managed can take time to get right.

And with the rapid pace of change we are seeing, the ‘probable’ phase for many topics is getting ever shorter before it becomes ‘present’.

Thank you for listening and I’ll finish with a quote that fits with what I have just been covering - “Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.”

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