The British Health and Safety Commission (HSC) has launched consultation on the
draft HSC Science Strategy 2005-2008 - Gathering Evidence; Developing
Understanding; Identifying Solutions. The Strategy describes how both in-house
scientific expertise and commissioned science will be used to support the
strategic programmes, through which HSE will deliver the HSC Business Strategy.
The Strategy shows HSC's continued commitment to high quality scientific and
technological underpinning, which is essential in enabling HSE to continue to
be an effective regulator. The scientific expertise will come from Commissioned
Science and internal expertise from HSE and the Health and Safety Laboratory.
HSE's Chief Scientist Dr Paul Davies said:
"HSE regulates health and safety across a wide range of workplaces and industry
sectors, often involving technically complex processes and giving rise to a
diverse range of hazards and risks. It is essential therefore that HSE makes
the most effective use of its science and engineering resources to help achieve
the HSC's vision of a record of workplace health and safety that leads the
"The world of work is changing and HSE needs to anticipate and respond to these
changes. The new science strategy sees a continuation of the trend of recent
years towards more work in areas such as human factors, statistics and
evaluation and less in the more traditional areas. Newer areas of research
include Musculoskeletal Disorders and Stress. We recognise the maturity of some
areas of industry, such as major hazards, and will expect industry to do
The final version of the HSC Science Strategy will be published early in 2005.
1. The strategic programmes are:
Health and Safety Hazards Falls from Height; Musculoskeletal Disorders; Work
Related Stress; Workplace Transport; Slips and Trips; Chemicals; Noise and Hand
Sectors Agriculture; Construction; Health Services; Government Setting an
Example; Manufacturing, Utilities, Services and Transport.
Better Health at Work Partnership - Occupational Health and Safety Support;
Corporate Responsibility and Accountability; Worker Involvement.
Local Authority Partnership
Major Hazards Chemical Industries; Specialised Industries; Offshore; Rail;
2. The science strategy comprises the following main sections:
3. Themes common to all the Strategic Programmes (SP) are emerging:
4. As a result there will be increasing effort on statistical work, evaluation
and human factors. New initiatives include:
AplusA-online.de - Source: Health and Safety Executive