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Jonathan Rees has been appointed as deputy director general of the ...
Jonathan Rees has been appointed as deputy director general of the

Health and Safety Executive (HSE). He will succeed Kate Timms who

retires in September 2004. Mr Rees will oversee the policy group;

(another deputy DG is responsible for operations).

He is currently director, consumer and competition policy, in the

Department of Trade and Industry. He has considerable experience of

regulation and working with industry and of collaboration with local


Previously he was director, modernising public services group in the

Cabinet Office and from 1994-7 was a member of the prime minister's

policy unit. He has been seconded to the European Commission and

worked in the UK permanent representation in Brussels.


1. The HSE is the public body responsible for ensuring that workers

and the public are protected from industrial harm. It is the

operational arm of the Health and Safety Commission (HSC). HSE has

4,000 civil servants, of whom about 1,600 are inspectors and over

1,400 are professionals or other specialist staff. HSE's work touches

virtually every employer and employee in Great Britain. Its budget

last year was£281.9m.

2. Health and safety legislation imposes responsibilities on

employers and employees, including a general duty of care on

employers to take all reasonable and practicable care with relation

to health and safety. The role of HSE is to ensure this happens

through: inspecting workplaces to secure compliance; investigating

accidents and complaints; taking enforcement action; providing advice

to the HSC, the government, employers, workers and the public; and

undertaking research.

3. The appointment was made following an open competition within the

civil service.

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