Making a difference 2008-2011: Second phase of the health and safety strategy fo
Date: Thursday, September 04, 2008 @ 11:06:51 BST
Topic: Health and Safety Executive (HSE) News

The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) Paper and Board Industry Advisory Committee (PABIAC) has launched the second phase of its strategy to secure further improvements in health and safety performance in the papermaking, corrugated packaging and recovered paper sectors over the next three years.

The new strategy - 'Making a difference 2008-11' - builds on the achievement by the industry during the first phase of the strategy which saw a reduction in its overall reported non-fatal injury rate by 22% between 2005 and 2008. During the same period the number of working days lost was reduced by 35%.

The strategy was prepared by HSE, the CBI and TUC which together form the PABIAC partnership. It was developed following extensive consultation with executives, managers, trade unions and employee safety representatives in the industry. It received the backing of industry chief executives and senior managers who attended the PABIAC meeting held at Buxton on 15 July at which the strategy was officially launched.

'Making a difference 2008-2011' sets out the strategic direction for health and safety in the industry. It sets specific and ambitious targets for reducing annual injury incidence rates from the current figure of around 1,170 per 100,000 employees to less than 850 per 100,000 employees by 2011. Other objectives address the need for improved health and safety management performance and demonstrating a continuously improving health and safety climate. There is also an objective to improve understanding and control of occupational health.

Commenting on the strategy, Bud Hudspith, National Officer for Unite and PABIAC member, said:

"Unite strongly supports PABIAC’s strategy 'Making a difference 2008-2011' on health and safety in the paper-related industries.

"We welcome a further phase of the strategy and look forward to a continuing partnership that involves trade union safety representatives in all aspects of health and safety. We have made progress on health and safety in the paper industries, but there is still a long way to go before we can confidently say these are safe industries for our members to work in".

Speaking on behalf of the Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI), Dr Martin Oldman said:

"The papermaking and partner industries have developed with their PABIAC partners a robust but deliverable programme of safety action planning that has to date seen measurable improvements in safety performance and demonstrable advantage in management systems and behavioural attitudes. The strategy 'Making a difference 2008-2011' reflects the extent to which the allied industries, now within CPI, have developed delivery platforms for improvement and it provides a sensible and achievable strategic direction. It includes measurable targets that meet the requirements of a modern industry in today’s society with strong underpinning of the business necessity and wisdom of good health and safety management systems."

James Barrett, head of HSE’s Manufacturing Sector commented:

"I am pleased that PABIAC has agreed to continue this targeted action which builds on the solid achievements of parts of the papermaking and conversion sector in recent years while recognising there is still work to be done. ‘Making a difference 2008-2011’  will help encourage those companies who have yet to show real progress to make a start on the road to improvement and will encourage those who have already made good progress to maintain their momentum. The targets support HSE’s own injury, ill health and days lost reduction programme and are a good example of our commitment to working in partnership with those who are able to deliver the improvements".

'Making a difference 2008-11' is available from the CPI website at

  1. PABIAC is a tripartite committee chaired by HSE and is concerned with the protection of people at work and others from hazards to health and safety arising within the paper and board industry. Further information including papers and minutes from meetings can be found on the HSE website at
  2. 'Making a difference 2008-11' sets out five objectives:
    1. Accident performance – by March 2011 the industry’s overall reported non-fatal injury rate reduced to 850 per 100,000 employees or better;
    2. Health and safety management performance – employers should demonstrate a continuously improving health and safety management performance;  
    3. Continuous improvement in health and safety climate – using a suitable survey tool such as the PABIAC health and safety climate tool;
    4. Occupational health – provide PABIAC with information to establish and share good practice; and
    5. Securing loads on road vehicles – PABIAC to formulate and publish an agreed target on this issue. 
  3. Further information about health and safety in the paper industry can be found at:

This article comes from Sheffield Occupational Health and Safety Association (SOHSA)

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