Many organisations tell us that despite investing in systems, process and training, they struggle to improve their health and safety performance. Often, we find it simply comes down to the willingness of employees to support the organisation’s health and safety performance.
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is introducing a cost recovery scheme, Fee for Intervention (FFI), to recoup costs from those breaking health and safety laws. From October, companies that are found by the HSE to be in ‘material breach’ of health and safety regulations will be asked to pay a recovery cost, under proposals currently being examined by a House of Lords Committee.
Taking a consistent approach to health and safety management can make running your business more time- and cost-effective. It can help reduce the number of errors and the cost of correcting problems, and ensure you comply with legislation.
The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) trains 35,000 candidates each year over 500 vocationally-related qualifications for today’s health and safety professionals. A popular area with students in recent years has been the adoption of safety software and technology in health and safety and its potential. We’ve noticed this because we’re often contacted with requests for data and evidence to back up various hypotheses.
All too often, opportunities arise for employers to criticise health & safety ‘red tape’ for being such a burden that it affects the competitiveness of their business.
A new report published September 24 by Stirling University Professors Andrew Watterson and Rory O’Neill places blame on HSE budget cutbacks for the major increase in workplace injuries in the UK. The report shows that over the past five years, major and fatal workplace injuries have increased by 2,700 per year.
A special guest blog from the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management’s Brian Nimick, on the maltreatment of migrant labour in the UK…
There’s a great deal of useful information and resources for health and safety management professionals online. From blogs to forums, news sites to social media. To help you get your bearings, we’ve analysed what’s out there and listed our top 10 health and safety websites:
On 1st October 2012 the Health & Safety Executive’s (HSE) cost recovery scheme came into effect. Known as Fee for Intervention (FFI), it is designed to recoup the costs of investigating and bringing to court those found to be in ‘material breach’ of health and safety laws. From now on these companies will be ordered to pay a recovery cost, charged at a set hourly rate of £124 per hour and based on the amount of time taken for HSE inspectors to identify a breach of legislation and to conclude any necessary regulatory action.
The National Safety Symposium, held by the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) from September 2-4, brought renewed focus on the difficulties often identified by business leaders of managing health and safety requirements in the current economic climate. A survey commissioned by IOSH on this topic reveals a great deal about how UK business leaders approach health and safety management in theory and in practice.
A ‘blitz on red tape’ was announced on September 10 by Business Minister Michael Fallon. From next April, binding rules will be implemented on both the Health & Safety Executive and local authorities. The new initiative will exempt hundreds of thousands of businesses from health and safety inspections. In addition, the Government has set a goal to either scrap or overhaul 3,000 of the 6,000 current regulations.
A 12-week consultation has begun on changes to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR). If these proposals go through, they could increase the burden on companies, so the focus should be on improving internal health and safety management.
Two weeks ago our post, Health and Safety Management in the Current Economic Climate, addressed the perception of many business leaders that health and safety policies are difficult to manage in an unfavourable economic environment. Nigel Bryson in his book, Zero Harm, highlights that business leaders have a lot to gain, especially during a downturn, from listening to the suggestions of their employees regarding the best ways to implement effective and efficient health and safety leadership policy.