The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is to focus on tackling work-related ill health as part of a new five-year strategy.

The HSE is also concerned that council capacity to undertake health and safety inspections is under considerable threat.

The CIEH is taking advantage of a widespread consultation to influence policy. This includes a series of events to be held around the country.

The strategy has six key themes, including ‘highlighting and tackling the burden of work-related ill health’.

CIEH head of policy Tony Lewis said: ‘At a time when local authority-based health and safety enforcement activity is at an all time low, the new strategy provides a great opportunity to focus resources and reinvigorate what continues to be a very important area of work.

He added that talking ill health in the workplace, including mental health, was a priority area.

‘This is something that CIEH particularly supports and will be commenting on positively in the discussions we shall be holding with HSE.’

The HSE has raised concerns with the CIEH over the current challenges that local authorities are reporting over health and safety inspections.

But after conducting a survey of environmental health managers, the CIEH’s National Environmental Health Board discovered the majority of authorities say they do have capacity to undertake programmed activity and routine accident inspections.

Ms Hackitt said the new strategy was ‘not for the HSE alone’.

‘We need to act together to gain much broader ownership and commitment and that means we need to talk, share ideas and find the courage to take some new directions,’ she added.

Other key themes the HSE will focus on include supporting small and medium-sized businesses and ‘enabling productivity through proportionate risk management’.

In 2014/15, 1.2 million people suffered an illness they believed was caused or made worse by their work.

More than 140 workers were killed at work, a rate of 0.46 fatalities per 100,000 workers.

There were also 76,000 other injuries to employees were reported under RIDDOR regulations.


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EHO roles may be lost in Dudley and Blackpool as a result of government cuts to local government funding.

Dudley said it was planning to redesign its environmental health and trading standards teams and Blackpool warned it may have to make staffing reductions.

Rachel Harris, Dudley’s cabinet member for health, said: ‘This year’s budget proposals impact on over 133 full-time equivalent jobs across the council, rising to 275 by 2018/19. The redesign of environmental health and trading standards is included in the proposals, but the detail is yet to be determined as proposals are currently out to public consultation.’

She added that Dudley like other authorities was facing unprecedented reductions in council funding from central government.

‘This means making difficult decisions about council services and how we deliver them.’

Budget papers to be considered by Blackpool Council this month state that operational efficiencies in public

Blackpool expects to save a total £1,850,000 from community and environment services in 2016/17.

The FSA has today published official statistics on food law enforcement by local authorities across the UK for the year 2014/15.

The information provided by local authorities and compiled by the FSA, gives a detailed breakdown of enforcement activity across the country.

The figures for 2014/15 show a continuing trend of increasing compliance levels across the UK.

David Hart, Head of Local Authority Enforcement and Policy Unit, said: 'I am pleased to see that the figures this year show business hygiene compliance levels are continuing to improve with 93.0% now broadly compliant with hygiene law - this equates to having a food hygiene rating of 3, 4 or 5. The improvement in broad compliance levels was seen in all four countries.'

Around £500,000 in fines for food hygiene, standards and safety offences has been handed down since 1 April, according to a new database of prosecutions.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) published a database listing 419 prosecutions in England, Wales and Northern Ireland as part of a drive to help EHOs pursue legal action and identify repeat offenders.

The highest fine on the record went to Belfast restaurant Flicks, which was the site of the largest ever E. coli outbreak in Northern Ireland in 2012.

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