March 12 2004.

A new strategy to improve future standards of workplace health and safety has been launched by the Government and the Health & Safety Commission.

The strategy sets out a new direction for the health and safety system and the roles of HSC, the Health & Safety Executive and Local Authorities.

The strategy focuses on managing risks and not eliminating them. HSE and LAs will target resources on the areas of greatest need and be less active where risks are well managed. In those areas there will be greater emphasis on advice and support.

Key features of the HSC strategy include focusing resources on poor performance to get best results; promoting greater involvement of workers; making information readily accessible and providing clearer and simpler advice; and involving all stakeholders and forging close working relationships where everyone has a voice and can contribute.

The Strategy can be accessed on the HSE website at