The executive agency of the NHS has signed a new agreement with the Healthand Safety Executive (HSE) to make hospitals in England safer for staff,patients and visitors. A ‘concordat’ between the two bodies sets out a blueprint for workingtogether on safety. The document targets specific areas that cause the most accidents or casesof ill health within the healthcare sector, including slips, trips and falls,maintenance safety and violence against staff. The concordat – which is available online – has been drawn up to ensure thetwo organisations can harmonise advice and guidance to staff and produceaccurate benchmark data. HSE director general Timothy Walker said: “The concordat will ensurethose with responsibilities to manage estate-related risks within publichealthcare in England are given the sources of practical and effective guidanceneeded to help them deliver their part in the reduction of accidents within healthcare.”Peter Wearmouth, chief executive of NHS Estates, said: “This is a stepforward in raising the profile of health and safety in the estates sector. Itwill serve as a platform for providing comprehensive, practical advice acrossthe NHS.” www.hse.gov.uk/healthserviceswww.nhsestates.gov.uk Previous Article Next Article New health and safety blueprint for NHSOn 14 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.