HSE's Helping Great Britain Work Well call pays dividends for employees

Employers are publicly committing to making positive changes to their health and safety culture, and this has resulted in improved health and safety practices benefiting an estimated 300,000 workers.

Earlier this year, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Unions and Industry leaders called for broader ownership of workplace health and safety by asking for public commitments from business. The response from many of Great Britain’s top businesses was positive, with more than 100 organisations making commitments. So on Friday 24 November 2017, HSE launched an online community dedicated to inspiring business to share their commitment to Helping Great Britain Work Well. The new web community will establish a social sharing network where businesses can make their commitments, share their journey of improvement, help each other and encourage others follow in their footsteps.

HSE chair Martin Temple said:

“Making a workplace commitment to health and safety ... takes time, energy and passion, but the rewards for delivering on that commitment are incalculable. Sensible and proportionate health and safety prevents ill-health, death and injury in the workplace and is good for business and good for workers.”

To find out more and see what other businesses are doing, join the Help Great Britain Work Well web community and join the conversation at #HelpGBWorkWell. In the community you will see many excellent examples of the activities and commitments that are helping improve health, safety and wellbeing in the workplace. An estimated 300,000 workers have benefitted since the commitments initiative was launched last year with companies introducing many schemes to benefit workers. Water utility company, Welsh Water, launched a ‘Back to Health’ scheme, providing medical treatment that is helping employees to recover from illness or injury significantly faster than NHS provided treatment. Construction company Morgan Sindall committed to introducing a suite of ‘Engagement Discussions’ as part of its ‘100% Safe’ Cultural Development Programme. This has led to improved knowledge and understanding of health and safety practices.