health and safety, Andrew Smith, secretary of state for work and
pensions announced today.
Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) would take over responsibility
for health and safety from the former DTLR. Mr Brown will remain as minister
for work and retains all his previous responsibilities.
Mr Smith said:
'I look forward to working with Nick Brown and the Health and Safety
Commission (HSC) on delivering improved health and safety at work.
Everyone has the right to a safe work environment. By engaging with
employers and trade unions we will promote the message that good
businesses manage their health and safety proactively and in
collaboration with employees.'
Mr Brown said:
'I'm delighted to take on this important task. I intend to work
closely with Bill Callaghan and the Health and Safety Commission, as
well as ministerial colleagues in other departments to build an
agenda for 'welfare in work' to complement the Welfare to Work
'With recruitment and retention increasingly important at this time
of record employment, improving health and safety at work will
benefit employees and employers alike.'
HSC chair Bill Callaghan said:
'I am very encouraged to be working with the DWP. Our health and
safety agenda is about improving the quality of working life, as well
as preventing people being killed or injured at work. At a time when
there are more people in work than ever before, it is vital that we
do all we can to ensure that they return home in as good shape as
they set out. People are entitled to expect that in a civilised
society and a high performance modern economy depends on a healthy
'Good health and safety demands an effective partnership between
government, employers and workers and their safety representatives.
We look forward to close collaboration with DWP to deliver the
national improvement targets, which HSC agreed with the government,
to reduce the social and economic toll of health and safety failures
in Britain. With them, we shall continue to encourage higher
standards of health and safety in the private sector, while still
pressing the public sector to lead by example. Together we can
champion health and safety excellence and spread a positive safety
culture throughout British industry in both larger and small firms.'
* The previous minister with responsibility for health and safety at
the former DTLR was Alan Whitehead.