Safety Management

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Alan Bunting MIIRSM. Dip NEBOSH. Grad IOSH.






New: HSG65 ‘Managing for Health and Safety’

You have a legal duty to put in place suitable arrangements to manage health and safety.  The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require you to put in place arrangements to control health and safety risks.
As a minimum, you should have the processes and procedures required to meet the legal requirements, including:

A written health and safety policy

Assessments of the risks to employees, contractors, customers, partners and any other people who could be affected by your activities – and record the significant findings in writing.  Any risk assessment must be ‘suitable and sufficient’

Arrangements for the effective planning, organisation, control, monitoring and review of the preventive and protective measures that come from risk assessment

Access to competent health and safety advice

Providing employees with information about the risks in your workplace and how they are protected

Instruction and training for employees in how to deal with the risks

Ensuring there is adequate and appropriate supervision in place

Consulting with employees about their risks at work and current preventive and protective measures.

The New HSG65: What’s New

The revised edition has advice on:

The core elements of managing for health and safety

Deciding if you are doing what you need to do

Delivering effective arrangements

Useful resources.

The guidance explains the Plan, Do, Check, Act approach and shows how it can help you achieve a balance between the systems and behavioural aspects of management.  It also treats health and safety management as an integral part of good management generally, rather than as a stand-alone system.

You need to ask if you are doing enough to manage health and safety in your organisation and use the revised HSG65 to develop an action plan.  In particular, ask:

What are the strengths and weaknesses of your organisation’s health and safety performance and are there any barriers to change?

How reliable and sustainable for the future are the measures currently in place?

If your organisation is getting risk control right, why is that?

If there are problems, what are the underlying reasons?

Have you learned from situations where things have gone wrong?