The new Thomas Ashton Institute will act as a hub for risk and regulatory excellence, reaching out globally through its educational activities and acting as an authoritative source of health and safety knowledge and expertise.

The Institute will deliver research, training and learning on a national and global stage, and will support HSE and the UoM even further in growing capability and expertise in the management and regulation of risk.

One of the key aims of the Institute’s work will be to take the lessons learned from four decades of incident investigations and research and making them accessible to industry.

They say that the work will help to make sure that mistakes are not repeated as new technologies and industries emerge, with both partners keen to bring new technologies to fruition safely and more quickly by addressing safety, health and regulatory barriers before they emerge.

Says HSE chief Dr Richard Judge: “We are excited by the opportunities that establishing this new Institute brings, and by the opportunity to cement and strengthen our long running partnership with UoM.

“This directly supports our regulatory activities. In creating an international centre of excellence for risk and regulatory research, we are also providing a focal point for working with others. As part of that, we will invite forward-thinking contributors to work with us on the institute’s future programmes to prevent work-related death, injury and ill health.”