Memorandum submitted by RSI Action
The current consultation on the proposed merger
of the HSE and HSC has recently come to our attention, and we
ask that you consider our response below.
The proposal is for the new executive's chairman
and members to be appointed in a similar way to the present HSC,
but increasing the maximum number of members from nine to 11 plus
chairman. The proposal also makes provision for one of the additional
two members to be appointed from the local authorities (who are
the health and safety inspection authority in many cases).
We ask the Work and Pensions Commons Select
Committee to include the provision for charities that are committed
to reducing work-related injury and illness (such as RSI Action)
to be represented on the new executive. Organisations such as
RSI Action are particularly concerned about working environments,
health and safety regulations and enforcement, health and safety
information and guidance, as well as dealing with the consequences
of workplace accidents and injuries. Some of the individual members
of these organisations are no longer able to work and therefore
their views and contribution to the improvement of workplace health
and safety would not be accessible to the currently proposed representation
of the new executive.
The Government targets to move individuals off
incapacity benefit and back into productive employment will benefit
from organisations such as RSI Action becoming more involved in
the workplace health and safety, and able to contribute to the
work of the new executive. Including provision for the involvement
of relevant charities in the executive, will enable the work of
the HSE to take into account the wider consequences of workplace
injuries and ill-health, and result in a healthier workforce,
a reduction in disabilities, and more productive workforce.