The HSE Strategy (The Health and Safety of Great Britain - Be Part of the Solution) provides the overall strategic framework for maintaining and improving Great Britain's health and safety performance. It explains that to achieve this all stakeholders - be they employers, manufacturers, suppliers, workers, third-party organisations, HSE or local authorities - have to understand their role and discharge their responsibilities.
HSE provides strategic direction and leads the health and safety system as a whole. In addition to inspection, investigation and enforcement, key proactive activities include:
- conducting research
- alerting dutyholders to new and emerging risks as they are identified
- providing information and advice
- promoting training
- working with other stakeholders to stimulate, encourage and support them in influencing the behaviour of others, be it through trade associations, supply chains etc
Within the framework of the HSE Strategy, individual sector strategies have been developed, with stakeholder involvement, to guide HSE's proactive work. The choice of intervention strategy for any particular sector is a combination of a number of factors. These include the actual level of risk as well as the effectiveness and efficiency of different types of intervention, the industry's injury and ill-health record, and its structure and commitment to occupational safety and health, such as through industry-led groups.
Each sector strategy sets out a series of aims grouped under the goals of the HSE Strategy which, if met, would address 'what' needs to be done for each sector to improve its health and safety performance.
The relative priorities of industry sectors for proactive inspections are reviewed on a regular basis and are subject to change in response to evidence of poor performance or changes in sector-related risks.