Great Britain needs an effective and efficient Health and Safety
Most of the time the HSE does an excellent job, but more can be done to further improve its effectiveness. However crucially some important steps have yet to be taken especially to improve its efficiency after the October 2010 Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) of the Conservative (Tory) - Liberal UK coalition government..
For example while the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) can do useful, and possibly sometimes unique, work it can also be a financial albatross round the HSE's neck - a legacy of New Labour's wholesale application of the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) to the HSL. Indeed observers (see links below) have labelled the PFI as a 'huge scam' perpetrated at the expense of the British taxpayer.
A topical example related to the HSE - HSL relationship:
You can find out more on a companion page (still under construction)
The author is a Professor of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the University of Manchester. Part of his current research is funded by the HSE. The views expressed here are his own and are not intended to reflect the views of his employer or research funders such as the HSE.
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