What is HSE doing about diversity?
HSE is committed to the health and safety at work of all people in Britain. We embrace the diversity of Britain's workforce and appreciate the roles we can play in eliminating discrimination and promoting equality of opportunity.
All people's health and safety in the workplace must be protected, whatever their race, gender, disability, age, religion or sexual orientation. It must be protected whatever their background and outlook on life.
To be successful, therefore, HSE needs to be an organisation which really understands the diverse society in which it operates, which is clear about the impact of its policies and operations on that diverse society, and which confidently conducts its business with sensitivity and respect for people's different needs, vulnerabilities and perspectives on life.
To do this HSE will promote equality and tackle discrimination by:
- ensuring equality analysis is firmly embedded in our work and consistently built into our policies and key programmes;
- improve communications when reaching out to the diverse range of people and organisations we serve by:
- providing a communication tool that helps HSE staff to understand the importance of the diverse audiences they are working with and the potential barriers to communication;
- Considering all requests for alternative formats.
- building and making better use of research to provide information about diversity issues;
- where necessary, improving the diversity of our advisory bodies and our stakeholder networking.
HSE will do this best if we ourselves reflect that diverse society - if the make-up of our staff at all levels reflects the society in which it operates. Encouraging and valuing diversity amongst our own staff is therefore key to our success and effectiveness, and one of our core values.
To aid staff in their work, HSE has put in place an equality analysis tool to raise awareness of diversity issues and ensure equality considerations are made when developing our policies and key programmes.
See practical examples of HSE working with diverse groups to raise awareness and draw attention to key health and safety messages.
As a Public Authority and service provider, HSE has a duty to prepare and publish equality objectives showing how it intends to fulfil the general and specific duties of the Equality Act.