Date: 12th February 2014
Hull, England, 12th February 2014 – Judith Hackitt opened the conference with a presentation on the HSE’s role in delivering health and safety reform. She told delegates that whilst the statistics show an 11% drop in major injuries and 23 fewer fatalities in the last year, everyone who is part of the health and safety system is focussed on real risks.
Although the triennial review concluded that the HSE should continue to operate as an executive non-departmental public body (NDPB) and all its functions should be retained, it suggested that there may be opportunities for commercial collaborations to develop in the delivery and sharing of advice and guidance. The HSE has been asked to examine commercial models and to review the make-up of the HSE Board, in order to ensure it has the right skills to oversee efficiencies and commercial income generating options.
Thomas Martin, Arco’s Joint Managing Director took up the theme. In Arco’s submission of evidence to the Review it recommended that outside of its core business of regulation and enforcement, there is a strong case for allowing the HSE to work more closely with private and voluntary organisations in order to deliver on its mission. Thomas Martin said: “The Review recognised some of the key recommendations we made in our submission, namely that there is potential for the HSE to be more commercial in its outlook and delivery and to increase the pace of its work by developing partnerships with organisations like Arco. With our expertise in making work a safer place, we are well placed to work with the HSE in the delivery of awareness-raising campaigns, safety research, consultancy or inspections.
“We hope that as a result of the HSE Review, there will be more opportunities for us, and others to support the HSE in its efforts to guide and enable businesses to do the right thing.”
Collaborations of this type could see 2014 as the beginning of a greater dissemination of health and safety messages ultimately creating an even safer working environment.
Notes to editors:
Arco is the UK’s leading safety company, distributing quality products and training and providing expert advice helping to shape the safety world and make work a safer place. Founded in 1884 and with a heritage spanning four generations, Arco integrates traditional family values with pioneering innovation to offer a world-class range of over 170,000 quality assured, branded and own brand products, including personal protective equipment, clothing, footwear, gloves, workplace safety and hygiene products. Headquartered in Hull, Arco reaches its customers through its extensive product catalogue, interactive website and a network of over 40 trade counters. The company has sales of over £240m and employs approximately 1500 people.
Arco is an active member of the British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) and is a part of their Registered Safety Suppliers Scheme. Arco has been accredited a ‘One to Watch’ status in the Best Companies Times Top 100 Survey and has been ranked in the Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 league table, which recognises Britain’s top-performing mid-market private companies by sales.
Arco is dedicated to its Corporate Social Responsibility policy and continually demonstrates its support of local business communities and charitable organisations, donating in excess of 1% of pre tax profits annually. In 2007, Arco became a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and in 2010 a member of Sedex, the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange. Arco’s newest partnership is with the Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA), which sees the company support its rapid response service and develop bespoke hazardwear for the paramedics and YAA staff. Arco further demonstrates its position as the UK’s leading safety company as the exclusive supplier of PPE, footwear and workwear to the BLOODHOUND project’s support team involved with the design, build and race of a car to raise the world land speed record to 1,000mph in 2015. For more information, visit www.arco.co.uk
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