1. This document describes how we will support the changes to the way we work that are necessary to deliver the HSC Strategic Plan. It describes both our management priorities and the activities we will focus on to achieve these priorities over the next three years.
The Strategic Plan
2. Revitalising Health and Safety sets a challenging agenda to achieve lasting improvements in health and safety, including targets to be met by 2010. The HSC Strategic plan for 2001/2004 identifies the actions we will take over the next three years to support this. This work presents significant challenges and we must take action now to meet these challenges and to deliver the outcomes required of us. Significantly we must:
- focus on achieving national outcome based targets for health and safety, and promote partnerships between enforcing authorities, stakeholders, employers and employees to achieve these outcomes;
- develop new relationships with those stakeholders we have not traditionally reached (especially small firms, and vulnerable groups), to secure their engagement and participation in improving health and safety;
- ensure that our actions are consistent, proportionate and targeted and that we are transparent and open about what we do, why and how, sharing what we know with others;
- take action on the basis of sound evidence about health and safety problems and the costs and benefits involved; and
- monitor and evaluate our programmes to learn from what we can find; to ensure value for money; and to assist in the benchmarking and delivery of future programmes.
3. We must also manage our resources efficiently and effectively and to support central objectives such Modernising Government. We will seek to operate in such a way that meets these objectives without being bureaucratic or burdensome.
4. To support our delivery of the Strategic Plan we must provide strong leadership and direction to staff. We must continue to modernise and improve what we do and the way we deliver and evaluate our work. We must build on our current partnerships and forge new partnership with stakeholders and interested parties, encouraging them to play their part to meet the national targets. Finally we must manage and develop our corporate intelligence (information, knowledge, and expertise), and apply it effectively to our priorities, ensuring value for money and the efficient management of all our resources.