Single body plans to go to Parliament after second consultation with Minister for Health and Safety

The Health and Safety Commission (HSC) is to move a step closer to merging with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to form a single public body.

After positive results from a public consultation, the HSC is taking its merger proposals to Minister for Health and Safety Lord McKenzie of Luton.

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The Minister will carry out his own consultation before a draft Legislative Reform Order is presented to Parliament.

The HSC currently has overall responsibility for occupational health and safety regulations in the UK. The Commission says merging with the Executive will improve its governance framework, and strengthen its accountability.

HSC chair Bill Callaghan said: “Over the last few years, we have made great progress in reducing work-related ill-health, and in tackling injuries and incidents at work. But there is clearly more to do. The Commission is convinced that the new governance structure we are proposing will help us to deliver targets.”

Four out of five people responding to the consultation agreed that the two organisations should merge, and the same percentage approved of the ideas and principles put forward by the HSC for the merger.