Peter Baker will move from his current position as Head of the Health and Safety Executive ( HSE’s) Chemicals, Explosives and Microbiological Hazards Division to chief inspector of construction on the 1st April 2015.
Mr Baker’s role will include working closely with industry to improve health and safety awareness and compliance to British standards.
The construction industry remains one of the largest and dangerous industries in the UK employing approximately two million people.
“I am delighted to be appointed as the chief inspector of construction, and I am very much looking forward to working collaboratively with the whole of the construction industry to continue the progress it has made in reducing ill health and injury in recent years.
In particular, I want to ensure the industry responds in a sensible and proportionate manner to the revised CDM Regulations. All changes bring challenges, and I want the industry to work together in focussing on the real health and safety risks to workers’ lives;
I believe that industry leaders also have a critical role to play, and have seen in the major hazard sectors how vital clear and positive leadership is to achieving the effective management and control of risks.”
“I’m very pleased to be handing over to Peter whose extensive experience of managing high hazard industries for HSE stands him in excellent stead to provide leadership for an industry which despite its vast improvements, still has a lot to do.”
“Peter will also take over a dedicated and hard-working team within HSE, committed to driving improved health and safety outcomes in the industry”