Health and Safety Executive launch new strategy at GCU

29 February 2016

The Health and Safety Executive visited GCU's Glasgow campus

The Health and Safety Executive visited GCU's Glasgow campus

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) chose Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) as one of the venues to launch the Great Britain Health and Safety System Strategy.

Representatives from HSE, the independent regulator for health and safety in Great Britain and enforcement body, held an event on campus on Monday, February 29.

The run up to the launch has seen the #HelpGBWorkWell hashtag used extensively on social media after a series of roadshows in which business leaders from Scotland, England and Wales discussed what they would do to help Britain work well in the coming years. HSE is keen to stress to business and workers that it is not its strategy, but a strategy for Great Britain’s health and safety system, shared by all.

George Brechin OBE, HSE Board Member (Non-Executive Director), and Mike Cross, HSE Head of Field Operations (Scotland and Northern England), outlined the key themes of the strategy at GCU to a large group of influencers across the business sector in Scotland.

Professor Iain Cameron, Dean of GCU’s School of Engineering and Built Environment, himself a respected safety influencer, further outlined what the strategy means for the School in terms of educating students.

Professor Cameron said: “A strong safety, health and wellbeing strategy is inextricably linked with sound business planning and it is no coincidence that the most profitable businesses, and those rated as great to work for, are strong in this area at all levels of the business.

“This being the case, we owe it to our students to make sure that an awareness of sound safety, health and wellbeing strategy is a key graduate attribute in order that they are business ready on graduating from GCU.”

GCU enjoys a good relationship with the HSE.  The School of Engineering and Built Environment has conducted many contract research reports for the organisation to inform legislation and guidance.

Last year, the HSE’s Director General of Regulation, Kevin Myers, delivered a Masterclass to 200 University students, staff, and industry representatives during which he discussed health and safety in the 21st-century workplace as well as its future direction.

GCU offers a BSc programme in Health and Safety Management. In addition, GCU research impact in the built environment is rated as in the top 20 in the UK following the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). GCU researchers focus on managing Occupational Safety and Health in construction, including work specific to the UK’s Construction Design and Management (CDM) Regulations, which set the regulatory framework for OSH planning, worker participation and communication of OSH information.