The HSE has appointed a new committee to provide expert knowledge and advice on workplace health. The committee will provide expert opinion on emerging issues and trends. Working under the leadership of an independent expert chair, the WHEC will provide scientific and medical advice to HSE's Chief Scientific Advisor and Director of Research Andrew Curran and to the HSE's board.
The committee will encourage collaborative working with stakeholders and partners while helping to identify issues of potential concern to government departments and business.
In particular, the WHEC will focus on chemical and physical hazards and human behavioural or organisational factors in the workplace (such as shift work) that could lead to physiological and psychosocial ill health. It will not focus on wellbeing, sickness absence management or rehabilitation as these issues are dealt with elsewhere in government. The committee will not consider individual cases of ill health or disease.