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Industrial Health and Safety

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 5 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent representations he has received on funding for worker safety advisers. (188362)

Recent representations on funding for worker safety advisers in the construction industry have been received from the Strategic Forum for Construction’s Health and Safety Group.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he has taken to reduce the health and safety risks of (a) migrant, (b) temporary agency, (c) women, (d) young and (e) older workers. (188387)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) works to ensure dutyholders properly control risks to all workers regardless of employment or migration status, age or gender. Its recent focus on migrant and temporary workers has included targeted inspection, investigation and enforcement; preparation of advice and guidance; collaborative work with Government Departments and other stakeholders; and research. On women, young and older workers, HSE’s work has included provision of web-based advice and guidance on reducing risks to young workers and to new and expectant mothers; collaboration with other agencies in health and safety awareness raising events; and sponsorship of research on the implications of an ageing work force.