Health and safety bodies combine

02 April, 2008

The Health and Safety Commission has merged with the Health and Safety Executive to form a single regulatory body.

The merger, decided following a public consultation, is designed to streamline business between the two organisations rather than have one working on strategy while the other carries out day to day duties.

Judith Hackitt, chair of the new Health and Safety Executive said: “With a single regulatory body we will be able to strengthen the links between strategy and delivery in order to provide the accountability expected of a public body in today’s workplace climate.”

The HSE is working with local councils to develop a new five year strategy that it will publish at the end of the year.

The Health & Safety at Work Act will remain unchanged and all workplace health and safety requirements will still need to be enforced despite the merger, the HSE said.

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