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HSE to hold string of workshops on 5 year strategy

The Health and Safety Executive will be holding seven consultation nights for its new five-year strategy this month.

The UK safety regulator said the "recent slowing of improvement" in Great Britain's health and safety performance had driven the need to consult on a new strategy.

It has, however, urged any interest parties unable to attend the meetings to respond to the consultation by letter or online.

The first workshop will be in Liverpool tonight, followed by

• Newcastle - 13 January
• Bristol - 15 January
• Birmingham - 20 January
• Cardiff - 22 January
• London - 27 January
• Glasgow - 29 January

Organisations such as trade union Ucatt have welcomed the proposal, but say far greater detail is needed on what the HSE is planning to do to tackle problems with construction-related fatalities.

Ucatt general secretary Alan Ritchie said: "The HSE has finally recognised that the policies that they have been following have been inadequate in protecting workers from deaths and injuries in the workplace. It is imperative that any new strategy resolves these failures."

The HSE said it was expecting delegates from industry and manufacturers, special interest groups, trade bodies and unions to attend, as well as health and safety professionals and service sector specialists to attend the meetings.

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