re-appointments to the health and safety commission today.
George Brumwell and Margaret Burns will serve a further three-year
term from 1 April 2001. Rex Symons has been re-appointed for a
limited period ending on 31 March 2002. All three will continue to
contribute to the commission's important role in setting standards
and developing policy on health and safety at work.
1. The HSC is an independent body set up under the Health and
Safety at Work etc Act 1974. Its operational arm, the health and
safety executive, is a separate statutory body employing just over
3,500 civil servants.
2. HSC members currently receive an annual salary of£1,367 and a
daily fee of£145 for each day's attendance on HSC business. The
Commission usually meets twice each month.
3. The overall purpose of the HSC and HSE is to ensure that risks
to people's health and safety from work activities are properly
controlled. The commission provides advice and information to
ministers and others on health and safety matters, and proposes
new legislation after consultation with interested parties.
4. The department invited applications for a variety of vacancies
on its sponsored, including any arising on the HSC.
5. Under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 the HSC has
to consist of a chairman and not less than six nor more than nine
members. For three of those members the secretary of state has to
consult organisations representing employers; for three others he
has to consult organisations representing employees; and for any
others he has to consult organisations representing local
authorities and other organisations concerned with health and
6. A selection panel consisting of three members (one representing
the department, one representing HSC and an independent person was
set up to consider other applications and to advise ministers on
the possibility of new appointments. The re-appointments were only
made following this process and the selection was on merit after
consideration of the candidates' abilities, experience and
qualities in relation to the needs of the commission.
Rex Symons CBE has been a member of the commission for a number of
years having first served in 1989. In the next few months Lord
Cullen will report on his inquiry into the railway accident at
Ladbroke Grove and this short re-appointment will enable his
considerable experience and technical ability to be utilised by
the commission when it considers this report. He is supported by
the CBI. He holds no other ministerial appointments nor is he
engaged in political activities.
George Brumwell is the general secretary of UCATT and was
appointed to specifically represent those working in dangerous
industries. He was nominated by the TUC, where he is a memberof
both the executive committee and the general council. He has been
a commissioner since 1998. He holds no other ministerial
appointments nor is engaged in political activities.
Margaret Burns is a non-practising lawyer, nominated by the
Scottish consumer council and has the support of the national
consumer council. She has been a commissioner since 1998. She
holds no other ministerial appointments nor is engaged in