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Re-appointment of Chair to the Health and Safety Executive

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions today announced the re-appointment of Judith Hackitt CBE as the Chair of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Judith Hackitt HSE Chair

Judith was first appointed as Chair of the then Health and Safety Commission in October 2007, for a period of five years. Following re-appointment, Judith will serve for three further years, to October 2015.

A chemical engineer who has held senior industry posts, including as the Director General of the Chemical Industries Association, Ms Hackitt was also a Health and Safety Commissioner from 2002 to 2005.

Chris Grayling, Minister for Employment with responsibility for health and safety matters welcomed the appointment saying;

"I am delighted that Judith Hackitt has accepted reappointment as the Chair of HSE. Her challenging of poor decision making in the name of health and safety combined with a pragmatic, risk based approach to regulation and enforcement will ensure that the deserved reputation of HSE as a fair and open regulator is maintained".

Judith Hackitt said:

"I am delighted to have the opportunity to continue as the HSE Chair at an exciting and demanding time for both the organisation and the health and safety community more widely. My focus is clear - ensuring that we continue to drive down death, injury and ill health in Britain's workplaces, while delivering changes to the regulatory system that make it clearer and simpler for employers to understand what they need to do to manage serious risks".

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