HSE publishes Annual Science Review 2021

04 May 2021

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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published its Annual Science Review for 2021, focusing on the ways science and evidence is being used to prevent death, injury and ill-health in Great Britain’s workplaces.

The review illustrates how HSE’s scientific evidence has been supporting the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including:

  • work to support the rapid increase in supply of suitable personal protective equipment (PPE) to the NHS front line
  • biosafety training in relation to COVID-19, including workers handling bulk quantities of live virus for vaccine research
  • enabling additional hand sanitisers to reach the market quickly
  • developing an understanding of transmission through computational fluid dynamics simulations
  • supporting and informing the Scientific Advice to Government in Emergencies (SAGE) response to COVID-19

The review also highlights the range of studies HSE scientists are working on to support healthy and safe work in Great Britain, including:

  • the safe introduction of hydrogen technologies and supporting the UK target to achieve net-zero emissions
  • assessing the evidence for safe levels of exposure to toxicological hazards
  • the evidence supporting a campaign that reduced the risk of Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks

Source: HSE, 28 April 2021