Health and Safety statistics to inform decision-making
HSE's statisticians are responsible for producing official
statistics on workplace injuries and ill health. These statistics
are essential for decision-making both within and outside
government and are produced for the benefit of our society and
economy as a whole.
Within the portfolio of HSE statistical publications, the annual
fatal injuries publication, comprising statistics on both workplace
fatal injuries and mesothelioma deaths, is probably the highest
profile in terms of media and political interest.
These statistics have been accredited as National Statistics by
the independent regulator the Office of Statistics Regulation,
showing that they meet the highest possible standards in relation
to trustworthiness, quality and value, and are fully compliant with
the Code of Practice for Official Statistics. Statistics, data and
explanatory material are presented impartially and objectively.
Once the statistics are released, HSE statisticians have an
important role in making sure that policy, press and ministerial
statements continue to meet professional standards of statistical
presentation, including accuracy, clarity and impartiality.
For a fatal injury publication, this involves advising on the
HSE press statement, responding to a number of Parliamentary
questions and media requests, and providing extensive contribution
at short notice to ministerial speeches and briefing material for a
Westminster Hall debate on workplace deaths.
The annual fatal injury statistics are important drivers for
good management of health and safety at work. They are widely
disseminated, and the workplace fatal injury report itself is one
of the most downloaded links across the HSE website over the period
following its release. The statistics receive extensive coverage in
both national and specialist media, and also in Parliament.
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