07/27/2005

Health and Safety Performance Management Index

Pressures to effectively manage occupational health and safety as part of the
risk management agenda is not a topic only consigned to business ­ it is one
that is increasingly recognised elsewhere too. There is evidence that the
financial costs of poor occupational health and safety management do add up,
both in terms of society as a whole and at the firm level. Pressures to
effectively manage occupational health and safety as part of the risk
management agenda is not a topic only consigned to business ­ it is one that is
increasingly recognised within the public sector too. Recent focus has been on
sickness absence.

There is an increasing expectation that employers should take responsibility
for health & safety seriously as a component of wider social responsibility.
This is coupled with a growing demand for better transparency and
accountability of health & safety in the workplace environment. Another key
stakeholder interested in the occupational health and safety performance of
organisations is their employees and trade unions.

The British Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has employed researchers to
develop a health and safety performance management index. Development work is
ongoing. The next step involves validating the index, for example to test its
practicability and usefulness.

This Index is intended to assist external stakeholders in assessing how well an
organisation is managing its risks and responsibilities towards workers and the
public. Internally, it can be used as an indicator of performance and, over
time, progress in health and safety management.

It is intended for use by organisations employing over 250 people operating
within the UK.

Therefore it does not appear to be suitable for use by SMEs. An SME version is
currently under development.

Further Information


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