safety management

Vol. 1, Issue 7 (Mar 00) Safety Management

FIVE STEPS TO SUCCESSFUL HEALTH AND SAFETY MANAGEMENT.

This information is readily recognisable as the “Five Steps to Successful Health and Safety Management HS (G) 65″ published by the ‘Health and Safety Executive.

  1. Set your policy.
  2. Organise the staff.
  3. Plan and set standards.
  4. Measure the performance.
  5. Audit and review – learn from experience.

Set Your Policy.

The same sort of mistakes which cause injuries and illness can also lead to property damage and interrupt production or operation of the intended works. So the aim is to control all accidental loss. Identifying hazards and assessing risks, deciding what precautions are needed, putting them in place and checking they are used properly. This protects individuals and others, improves quality and safeguards plant and production.

The health and safety policy should influence all activities, including the selection of personnel, equipment and materials, the way the work is completed, how it is done and how you can take account of your designs and how you provide goods and services.

The written statement of the policy, the organisation and arrangements for implementing and monitoring must be shown to your staff, this ensures they understand the reasoning behind potential restrictions placed on them by the management. It also should be brought to the attention of others such as clients and contractors, it identifies that hazards have been identified and risks assessed eliminated or controlled.

Organise the Staff.

To make the adopted health and safety policy effective the staff should be involved and committed. This is often referred to as the ‘Health and Safety Culture’.

Four ‘Cs’ of Positive Health and Safety Culture.

  1. Competence recruitment, training and advisory support.
  2. Control allocating responsibilities and securing commitment.
  3. Co-operation between individuals and groups.
  4. Communication verbal, written and visible.

Competence.

  • Assess the skills needed to carry out the tasks safely.
  • Provide the means to ensure that all employees, including temporary staff are adequately instructed and trained.
  • Ensure that persons on especially dangerous work have the necessary training, experience and other qualities to carry out the work safely.
  • Arrange for access to sound advice and help.

Control.

  • Lead by example; demonstrate your commitment and provide clear direction.
  • Identify people responsible for particular health and safety jobs – especially when specific expertise is called for.
  • Ensure that supervisors understand their responsibilities.
  • Ensure all employees know what they must do, how they will be supervised and held accountable.

Co-operation.

  • Consult the staff and their representatives.
  • Involve them in planning and reviewing performance, writing procedures and solving problems.

Communication.

  • Provide information about hazards, risks and preventative measures.
  • Discuss health and safety regularly.
  • Discuss health and safety regularly.

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