Public Affairs: AS Biss wins HSE safety onslaught

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has awarded AS Biss & Co its two-year public affairs contract ahead of a number of campaigns to tackle accidents in the workplace.

As well as political monitoring and supporting the organisation at the political party conferences, AS Biss is charged with informing MPs of forthcoming campaigns.

Activity this year will alert employers and employees to provisions for minimising the risk of workplace accidents.

The push begins with a campaign to reduce back problems, which according to government figures cost UK firms 5.7 million working days a year. GCI is handling media relations for the 'Better Backs' drive (PRWeek, 13 May).

The HSE will then focus on 'slips and trips', warning of the dangers of physical obstacles and spillages.

The autumn will see a more general campaign, described by HSE stakeholder relations manager Steve Pointer as 'sensible risk management', which will outline to organisations what measures are needed to ensure workplace safety.

AS Biss secured the business after a keenly contested tender issued in January, which saw 27 applications of interest and four agencies shortlisted.

AS Biss has previously worked on a six-month project for the HSE.

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