The Health & Safety Commission (HSC) - which oversees health and safety at work - moved a step closer to a merger with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) which enforces safety laws today.
The HSE acts as the implementing arm for the HSC but is currently an independent body. HSC chair Bill Callaghan today announced plans for a ministerial consultation on the merger of the two bodies. 'Merging the Commission and Executive into a single body will give us a more robust governance framework, improve our working practices and create a stronger voice for health and safety in Great Britain. Results from our recent extensive consultation show 80% support for our proposals and clearly point us in this direction,' said Callaghan. Health and safety minister Lord McKenzie of Luton will undertake consultation on detailed proposals as required by the Legislative & Regulatory Reform Act 2006. The Ministerial consultation will be followed by a draft Legislative Reform Order to be presented to the relevant Commons and Lords committees for scrutiny. Callaghan said 'The Commission is convinced that the new governance structure we are proposing will help us to deliver the 'revitalising' targets we set, as well as better place Great Britain to meet the challenges of a 21st Century workplace.'