In 2000, the Government and HSC set national targets for health and safety improvements by 2010 as part of ‘Revitalising Health and Safety’. The RHS indicators have been adopted as part of a new Public Service Agreement (PSA).
HSE has set up Strategic Programmes as the main agent for delivering the HSC Strategy and the health and safety outcomes necessary to deliver the PSA. Two Strategic Delivery Programmes (SDPs), Fit for work, fit for life, fit for tomorrow (Fit3), and Major Hazards, will be supported by four Strategic Enabling Programmes (STEPs)
The Fit 3 strategic programme has been designed to deliver the Public Service Agreement (PSA) target in reducing work related ill health, injury and days lost. Fit 3 will move away from the more traditional health and safety inspections to focus on new methods of interventions, concentrating on priorities that will best deliver the targeted reduction in injury and ill health.
The Fit 3 priorities are:
The major hazards strategic delivery programme focuses on HSE’s work regulating and assuring safe management of those industries where failure to manage risks to health and safety could have catastrophic effects.
This programme will ensure the effective, efficient and targeted use of prosecution, crown censure and enforcement notices in delivery of HSC’s strategic goals. The STEP will also consider how to promulgate learning from investigations through prompt sharing of lessons in parallel with brining duty holders to account.
This programme, as the name suggests, is simply the process of involving workers in decision – making on health and safety issues. This can be through the use of formal consultation mechanisms (such as committees), through representation (typically trade unions safety representatives or non-union representatives of employee safety), or more informally, through involving the workforce in day-to-day activities.
This programme will promote appropriate health and safety management as an integral part of effective business management through a range of non-regulatory measures aimed at small medium and large organisations.
The principal aim of this programme is a more effective use of HSE and LA resources collectively, in reducing accidents and ill-health at work, in sustaining employment and business viability, and in contributing to initiatives for regeneration, health and well-being in local communities.