HSE endorses NHS staff council workplace health and safety standards

Health and Safety Executive  Judith Hackett has endorsed the workplace health and safety standards put forward by the NHS staff council, health, safety and wellbeing partnership group .

I am pleased that the HSE has been able to assist in the development of the revised workplace health and safety standards,” Ms Hackett said last week.

“HSWPG continues to provide a valuable service to the sector as a whole in driving improvement in occupational health and safety in healthcare.

“I am confident that implementing these standards will help organisations achieve effective management and control of risk in a practical and proportionate way.”

UNISON head of health and safety Tracey Harding said: “We are pleased that the HSE has endorsed these standards. The NHS staff council wroking group is a good example of how trade unions and employers can work together – even in these difficult times – to drive up standards of health and safety management.”

The NHS staff council is the national body responsible for negotiating NHS terms and conditions, and includes representatives from UNISON, other NHS trade unions and the employers.

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