02/13/2003

Guidance to help employers investigate accidents at work

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will issue new guidance later this year
to help employers investigate incidents that cause injuries and ill health in
the work place.

There is overwhelming support for the principle of using incident
investigations to learn lessons and prevent workplace injury and ill health,
and a range of views over how that could best be achieved. Research
commissioned by HSE into current practice, published in Accident investigation
– The drivers, methods and outcomes revealed widespread lack of confidence in
carrying out such investigations, and many felt that guidance to address this
knowledge gap would be more helpful than a legal duty.

HSC Chair Bill Callaghan said: "We want people to learn the lessons from
work-related incidents with the potential to cause injury and ill health so
that they can prevent similar occurrences in the future. We recognise that some
employers need help to tackle this issue, so we are preparing a range of
guidance material. We will monitor the effectiveness of this guidance closely –
and if there is no improvement in incident investigation then we may consider
the possibility of recommending new legislation."

Further Information


AplusA-online.de - Source: Health and Safety Executive (HSE)