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What is Health and Safety Management

Category: Health & Safety | Bryan Richards Twitter | Published on: Sep 16, 2014 | Updated: Dec 12, 2016 Read more: Health & Safety

Health and Safety ManagementWhat is health and safety management and why do we need it?

Developing countries have seen a shift from manufacturing to service industries, new technologies, globilisation, flexible work practices and an ageing workforce. This presents a change in work patterns and associated hazards. This results in a multitude of work related risks which requires a systematic approach to occupational health and safety management (OHS). In recent years one of the most predominant management tools has been formal occupational safety and health management systems.

Although organisations have a legal duty to put in place suitable arrangements to manage health and safety, detailed guidance is only provided in guidance produced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and British Standards.

The HSE gives guidance in its document HSG 65, Successful Health and Safety Management. This was revised in October 2013 and more closely resembles the British Standards (BS) Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001:2007 Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements. The structure of HSG 65 is shown in Figure 1 and OHSAS 18001 is shown in figure 2.

Health and Safety Management Planning

Both these systems have at their core the elements of plan, do, check and act (PDCA), embodying the principle of continual improvement. While there are potential disadvantages to formal systems, such as paperwork and bureaucracy, the benefits of developing arrangements that fully meet an organisation’s needs make them worthwhile when properly implemented.

Arinite recognises that work-related accidents and ill health can be minimised by organisations managing health and safety with the same degree of expertise and to the same standards as other core business activities. We also believe that following the principles of formal health and safety management systems provides a good approach to achieving these goals.

Key Management Action

If you are a large organisation or have a diverse range of activities then you need to co-ordinate how safety and health risks are managed. Choosing to working within, or follow, a formal structure can help in achieving that goal.

How Arinite can help

If you are an international company, Arinite can assist in ensuring that global health and safety risks are managed in a proportionate way taking into account operational risk together with local cultural and legal aspects.

Contact us

Arinite clients appreciate we provide practical, no-nonsense advice about what you need to do to establish and maintain a safe and healthy working environment. My team of health and safety consultants take pride in keeping health and safety simple for our clients.

If you need to call upon our expert assistance, or just for an informal chat, please call me on: mobile 0780 361 2948, office 0207 947 9581, or drop me a line at b.richards@arinite.com.

Bryan Richards 26th August 2014

Arinite Ltd, Warnford Court, 29 Throgmorton Street, London EC2N 2AT

 
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