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Annual Science Review showcases HSL's Research

A new publication recognises the role of science in driving future innovations that will keep us safer and healthier at work.

The breadth of experience and expertise in science and engineering that lies at the heart of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is helping to predict the health and safety challenges of the future.

Divided between HSE's Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) in Buxton, and its headquarters in Bootle, Liverpool, more than 850 science experts, including psychologists, microbiologists and explosive specialists, are researching and testing innovative ways to make our workplaces safer and healthier.

The new Annual Science Review showcases a number of examples of the year's research and its positive impact, not only in enabling us to help Great Britain work well, but also in leading the way in which health and safety challenges around the world are anticipated and tackled.

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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