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HSE's Annual Science Review 2021

27 April 2021

HSE has relesed its sixth Annual Science Review. This year the theme is COVID-19: Collaboration in a time of crisis, with a particular focus on the pandemic and the role that HSE science has played. We look at HSE's contribution to the evolving global evidence base and the routes we have used to share that knowledge as quickly as possible.


Our review provides case studies from the range of science and engineering work we have delivered and illustrates how HSE uses science and evidence to help keep people and work environments healthy and safe.

The review is introduced by HSE's Chief Scientific Adviser and Director of Research, Professor Andrew Curran. As well as highlighting scientific achievements, awards and publications, it also focuses on the roles of some of our specialist staff.

Commenting on this year's review, HSE's Chief Scientific Adviser and Director of Research, Professor Andrew Curran, said:

"We are proud of the impact our science has had on keeping people and work environments healthy and safe. It is difficult to pick any particular highlights. However, in terms of sheer scale, I am particularly impressed by the work our technical experts have been doing to ensure that any personal protective equipment that enters the supply chain in Great Britain will protect the person who wears it".

As an evidence-based regulator, science is vital in helping HSE understand and learn. It underpins everything we do; it helps us investigate incidents and understand why things go wrong so we can help others avoid making similar mistakes; it provides the evidence base for policy and regulation; it informs the freely available information and guidance we make available on our website and it is embedded in the commercial products, training, testing and consultancy we provide to wider government and industry.

The HSE Annual Science Review is now available on HSE's website here.

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