Workplace Health Expert Committee (WHEC)


It is important that HSE's work is built on sound science and informed by the best available evidence. To this end, we have appointed the Workplace Health Expert Committee (WHEC) to provide independent, authoritative, impartial and timely expertise on workplace health.

WHEC will provide independent expert opinion to the Health and Safety Executive, on: 

  • New and emerging workplace health issues;
  • New and emerging evidence relating to existing workplace health issues;
  • The quality and relevance of the evidence base on workplace health issues.

WHEC is a scientific and medical expert committee whose purpose is to consider the evidence linking workplace hazards to ill health. Working under the leadership of an independent expert Chair, it considers chemical and physical hazards, and human, behavioural or organisational factors in the workplace (for example shift work) leading to physiological and psychological ill health. It does not consider wellbeing, sickness absence management or rehabilitation as these issues are dealt with elsewhere in government. Nor is it able to consider individual cases of ill health.

WHEC will assess the evidence base concerning health issues within its remit and will seek to effectively and appropriately communicate the resultant health risk.


The Committee membership is as follows:

  • Chair:
    • Professor Sir Anthony Newman-Taylor
  • Members:
    • Professor Peter Buckle
  • Professor John Cherrie
  • Dr Emma Donaldson-Feilder
  • Professor Len Levy
  • Professor Martie van Tongeren
  • Dr Joanna Wilde
  • Dr Paul Litchfield


HSE provides the secretariat for WHEC. Use email [email protected] to refer an issue of concern to WHEC. The committee will decide whether your issue falls within its remit. Please note that WHEC are unable to provide individual responses to issues referred. Evidence reviews are made available as reports; do not include anything in your issue referral that you would not wish to see published.

WHEC reports

WHEC's reports cover evidence reviews and position papers giving their independent expert opinion on key topics for workplace health. The contents of WHEC reports, including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE policy.







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Updated 2024-04-11