Health and safety scientists given centre stage

  • HSE’s science experts driving future innovations that will keep us safer and healthier at work
  • Over 850 science and engineering experts working in health and safety
  • HSE’s Chief Scientific Adviser says ‘science helps us to enable a better working world’

At the heart of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) there is a breadth of experience and extensive expertise in science and engineering that is working to help predict the safety and health challenges of the future.

HSE’s annual science review

At HSE’s headquarters in Bootle, Liverpool and its laboratory in Buxton, there are over 850 science experts, including psychologists, microbiologists and explosive specialists that are researching and testing innovative ways to make our workplaces safer and healthier.

This work has a positive impact, not only in enabling us to help Great Britain work well, but it leads the way in anticipating and tackling health and safety challenges around the world.

The annual science review showcases a number of examples of the year’s research and how it will benefit workers, businesses and stakeholders.

Professor Andrew Curran

Chief scientific adviser and director of research, Professor Andrew Curran, said: “HSE is a strongly scientific and evidence based organisation.

“Tragically 142 people lost their lives at work in 2014/15; our focus is to understand the root cause of these incidents. Our forensic approach helps us to secure justice, our experts testify in court every week.

“By learning from the past we hope to be able to support the present by transferring knowledge to others in the health and safety system and protect the future by better understanding the risks and challenges that social, economic and technical changes could bring.”

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Notes to editors:

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training; new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement.
  2. HSE news releases are available at http:/
  3. The Science Review can be read in full at

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