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    Evaluating Your Safety Controls – Workplace Safety: A Look at HSE’s 2023 Target Areas

    Published on May 24th, 2023 | by Sophie West

    Are you prepared to meet the HSE’s target areas for workplace safety in 2023? The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) plays a vital role in ensuring workplace safety in the UK. As we step into 2023, the HSE has identified specific target areas to focus on for enhanced safety measures. In this blog post, we will delve into workplace safety and look at the HSE’s target areas and explore how businesses can evaluate their safety controls to meet the set standards.

    Occupational Health:

    The HSE aims to address the impact of occupational health issues on worker well-being. This includes managing work-related stress, preventing occupational lung diseases, and minimising musculoskeletal disorders. To assess your safety controls, businesses should review their risk assessment processes, provide adequate training on recognising and addressing occupational health issues, and ensure access to necessary support services for employees.

    Workplace Stress:

    Recognising the detrimental effects on employee mental health, the HSE highlights the need for stress management in the workplace. Employers must assess work-related stress factors, establish a supportive work environment, and encourage open communication. Businesses should review their stress management policies, offer stress reduction programs, and provide training on resilience and well-being.

    Falls from Height:

    Falls from height continue to be a leading cause of workplace fatalities and serious injuries. The HSE emphasises the importance of implementing effective control measures to prevent such incidents. Businesses should evaluate their existing measures, such as proper equipment use, secure working platforms, and employee training. Regular inspections, maintenance, and clear communication of safety procedures are crucial in mitigating falls from height risks.

    Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs):

    MSDs, including back pain and repetitive strain injuries, have a significant impact on employee health and productivity. The HSE urges businesses to focus on preventing and managing MSDs. Employers should ensure ergonomic workstations, promote regular breaks and stretching exercises, and provide training on manual handling techniques. Regular risk assessments and effective reporting mechanisms can aid in identifying and addressing potential MSD issues.

    Silica Dust Exposure:

    Inhalation of silica dust can lead to severe respiratory diseases, including silicosis. The HSE has targeted industries where exposure to silica dust is prevalent, urging employers to implement effective controls. Businesses should assess and monitor exposure levels, provide appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), and ensure regular health surveillance for at-risk employees. Adequate training on handling silica-based materials is crucial for minimising exposure risks.


    As the HSE sets its sights on improving workplace safety in 2023, businesses must evaluate their safety controls and align them with the identified target areas. Prioritising occupational health, stress management, fall prevention, MSD reduction, and silica dust exposure control can significantly enhance worker safety and well-being. By reviewing existing policies, conducting risk assessments, providing comprehensive training, and fostering a supportive work environment, businesses can meet HSE standards and ensure a safer workplace for their employees.

    Remember, safety is an ongoing process, and regular monitoring and adaptation of safety controls are essential to keep up with evolving risks and regulations. As your health and safety partner we can support you in creating a safer work environment and prioritise the well-being of every individual within our organisations. If you’d like to find out more about how we can help you to manage your workplace risks, please contact us on 0330 043 0051. Our team is always here to help and we’d be more than happy to discuss your requirements on health and safety, HR, workplace training and occupational health.

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