In February 2016, the HSE published details of its new ‘Helping Great Britain work well Strategy’. In March 2016, it added further information to its website and published documents that provide more detailed plans. The HSE has been quick to point out that the health and safety standards in Great Britain are second to none. However, it has stated that there is always room for improvement in respect of the management of work related to ill health. The total lost days of sickness is costing the economy £9 billion a year.
The HSE is planning to adopt a more helpful and business friendly approach. This is being delivered through advice and guidance rather than enforcement. It has new guidance, case studies etc. which are designed to help businesses identify the best way of keeping their workforce and others fit and healthy.