HSE introduces new Institute for Risk and Regulatory Research

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the University of Manchester have today committed to launching an Institute for Risk and Regulatory Research. The new Thomas Ashton Institute will capitalise on the international credibility of both the University and HSE. It will act as a hub for Risk and Regulatory excellence, reaching out globally through educational activities and acting as an authoritative source of health and safety expertise.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the University of Manchester have today committed to launching an Institute for Risk and Regulatory Research. The new Thomas Ashton Institute will capitalise on the international credibility of both the University and HSE. It will act as a hub for Risk and Regulatory excellence, reaching out globally through educational activities and acting as an authoritative source of health and safety expertise. The Institute will deliver research, training and learning on nationally and globally, and will support HSE and the University of Manchester to increase their expertise in the management and regulation of risk. Health and safety practitioners from around the world will benefit from the knowledge and learning opportunities available from the Institute, taking enhanced competence back to their own countries where it can be used to improve safety and health locally.

One of the key aims of the Institute’s work will be to make the lessons learned from four decades of incident investigations and research accessible to industry. The work will help to make sure that mistakes are not repeated as new technologies and industries emerge.

Both partners are keen to introduce new technologies safely and quickly by addressing safety, health and regulatory barriers before they emerge. HSE Chief Executive, Dr Richard Judge said:

“We are excited by the opportunities that establishing this new Institute brings, and by the opportunity to cement and strengthen our long running partnership with the University of Manchester. This directly supports our regulatory activities. In creating an international centre of excellence for risk and regulatory research, we are also providing a focal point for working with others...We will invite forward-thinking contributors to work with us on the Institute’s future programmes to prevent work-related death, injury and ill health.”

The University of Manchester President and Vice Chancellor, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, added:

“This is an excellent partnership that has the ability to develop, transform and shape Health and Safety research and policy and expertise for years to come. Partnering with such a reputable organisation as HSE is testimony to the University’s growing reputation in this area and is a reflection of the research expertise and practitioner-led excellence here at Manchester.”

The Thomas Ashton Institute will reduce risk and increase assurance, influencing the leaders of today and tomorrow to transform the working world in the UK and abroad. For more information visit: www.ashtoninstitute.ac.uk