HSE has issued new criteria for investigating cases of work-related stress, saying that it will investigate if it receives evidence that a “number of staff are experiencing work-related stress or stress-related ill health (i.e. that it is not an individual case)”.
Funding and capability of the UK’s leading enforcement agencies, from the Environment Agency, Food Standards Agency, Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to Forestry Commission has dropped, on average, by 50 per cent in the past ten years.
HSE has recommended expanding the list of occupational diseases required to be reported under RIDDOR, saying that changes to the law have meant that some “potentially life-threatening illnesses” have gone unreported.
Brexit, renewables and slavery were three new focuses that featured in HSE’s annual reports and accounts for the year 2017/18, its annual update on its finances and actions taken to regulate the health and safety system.