The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland last week launched a consultation on a new draft Corporate Plan for the 2018-2023 period.
In this corporate plan, HSENI has set out its mission ‘to work with others to reduce serious work-related injury and ill health’. Strategically, HSENI will focus on preventing the most serious workplace health and safety issues in high risk industries and activities.
In addition, for a number of years HSENI has been increasing its activity and focus on occupational health issues. Given the potential short and long term costs to workers and to our economy from ill-health at work, this Corporate Plan represents a step change in activity in this important area which is devastating many lives and costing the Northern Ireland economy over £238m every year.
Launching the 12 week consultation, Chief Executive of HSENI, Keith Morrison said: “Improving health and safety standards is about all of us working together - HSENI, employers, employees and other partners – to reduce work-related serious injury and ill health. We very much see this document as a shared Corporate Plan and shared targets for industry and HSENI to aspire to.
“The underpinning approach to our strategy is collaboration and partnership. We strongly believe that managing health and safety well has many positive business benefits, and over the course of this Plan we intend to support businesses in improving health and safety standards and outcomes.”
Over the lifetime of this Corporate Plan, HSENI, working with others, plans to achieve the following three key outcomes:
- reduce Serious and Fatal Accidents by 10% to no more than 49 (50) per annum on average
- reduce Major Accidents by 10% to no more than 353 (350) per annum on average
- reduce Over 3 Day Accidents by 5% to no more than 1701 (1700) per annum on average
These three targets are challenging and are in large part dependent on the health and safety performance of other parties. This underscores the fact that this Corporate Plan represents a shared vision between HSENI, NI employers and employees.
In addition, this draft Plan focuses on a sector based approach and specifies the challenges and priorities in key industry sectors.
Chairman of HSENI, Derek Martin added: “The outcomes we are seeking can only be achieved by working with our industry partners. This draft Plan sets out what HSENI see as safety and health priorities in each of the sectors and we are asking industry representatives and professionals to engage with us so that, together, we can agree a shared list of priorities for each sector for the next 5 years”
A copy of the Corporate Plan 2018-2023 can be downloaded here:
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