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HSE axes funding for safety week

THE HEALTH and Safety Executive is cutting back the amount of money it will spend on a week of events designed to improve safety in construction.

Bosses at the cash-strapped organisation have decided the money it normally spends on the European Week for Safety and Health at Work campaign will be better used elsewhere.

Last year the HSE, which helps organise the British part of the event, stumped up £350,000 for the initiative. But this week a spokeswoman told Construction News funding for this year's event will be 'considerably less' She added: 'There has been some reallocation of funds and therefore less money available than last year.'

The money saved is to be spent instead on three key groups - staff, national government and opinion-formers.

The week, which runs from October 1822, normally focuses on technical issues, such as the safe handling of chemicals but organisers have decided to shift attention to a specific industry for the first time.

Run by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, which is funded by the EU, the week is targeting construction as the safe handling of chemicals but organisers have decided to shift attention to a specific industry for the first time.

Run by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, which is funded by the EU, the week is targeting construction because the industry 'has one of the worst safety and health records in the EU' It added: 'The focus is designed to help all stakeholders build a healthier and safer working environment.'

One industry source said: 'The HSE's timing is a bit unfortunate but it doesn't have as much cash as it would like. It is quite stretched because it is involved in so many construction initiatives already.'

The HSE is still organising the event here and will be producing a series of information packs, posters and leaflets.