Comments are closed. Industries are making real progress in meeting targets to reduce accidentsand ill-health at workIndustries are increasingly committing themselves to agreed targets forreducing accidents and ill health at work, the Health and Safety Executive hassaid. Timothy Walker, director-general of the HSE, said the agreements showed realprogress was being made in its 10-year Revitalising Safety and Securing HealthTogether strategies. Walker, who was speaking at the British Occupational Hygiene Society’sannual conference in March, said the response so far of the industry advisorycommittees that report to the Health and Safety Commission was an encouragingindication that progress was being made. For instance, the committee for the paper and board industry had committedto reducing accidents by 50 per cent. In the printing industry, targets had been set for reducing days lostthrough manual handling accidents by 15 per cent, and machinery accidents by 5per cent, by the end of 2003. The committee for the health services had said it aimed to reduce accidentsin England by 30 per cent by 2004, while the quarrying industry committee wasaiming to halve injuries by 2005. The construction industry was looking at cutting death and serious injuriesby 40 per cent over the next four years and by two- thirds by 2010, and toreduce days lost through accidents and illness by half by the end of thedecade, he added. The HSE has been working to better define the management of stress at workby, for example, piloting local benchmarking groups to share good practice andknowledge about stress between small and medium-sized firms and among tradeunion safety representatives. Mr Walker also highlighted a series of training seminars run by theSheffield Occupational Health Development Group for local small businesses, anda health audit run by Walsall Work and Health Steering Group. www.hse.gov.uk Progress made on targetsOn 1 May 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.