Campaign calls on union reps to condemn commercialisation of HSE

Date: 24 September 2014 At its annual conference in August, the Hazards Campaign urged all union safety reps and members to contact the newly-appointed head of the HSE to tell him what they think of plans to commercialise the work of the enforcement agency.

Last year the Minister announced that he wanted HSE to be more commercial and to sell its services and expertise to organisations prepared to pay for it. At the time there was a vacancy for the head of the HSE. Selection for the post was delayed as it was re-advertised for someone with experience of commercial work. Dr Richard Judge will take up the senior management post in November.

Hazards Campaign shares the concern of unions and health and safety experts that the new focus on commercial services will divert scarce resources from HSE's role as a regulator. It wants union safety reps and workers to send a blizzard of emails and letters to the new HSE head telling him we want HSE to use its powers to enforce the law instead of selling its services to anyone who can pay.

Hazards magazine website has details of the 'Don't Pimp Our Watchdog' campaign including a cool graphic that can be used on workplace noticeboards and a model letter to send to Dr Judge - http://www.hazards.org/safetypimp/

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