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A strategy for workplace health and safety in Great Britain to 2010 and beyond

The strategy is designed to promote our vision: to see health and safety as a cornerstone of a civilised society and, with that, to achieve a record of workplace health and safety that leads the world.

Drawing on the last 30 years experience and extensive consultations with a wide range of
stakeholders, the strategy sets out a new direction for the health and safety system and the roles of HSC, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and Local Authorities (LAs).

Britain’s record is already commendable, with fatal accidents reduced by over two thirds since the introduction of the landmark Health and Safety at Work etc. Act in 1974, but more needs to be done. 40 million working days were lost to occupational injury and ill health in 2001/02: 33 million days were attributed to ill health. Implementing the strategy should further energise Britain’s approach to improving workplace health and safety for the future.

The strategy was informed by extensive consultation with a wide range of stakeholders as well as a new literature review of published evidence. In the interests of openness, we are making these reports open to all.

Strategy outputs

Updated 2020-11-05