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Your Health & Safety Plan and how to continuously improve it

The HSE’s move towards Plan, Do, Check, Act achieves a balance between the systems and behavioural aspects of management. It also treats health and safety management as an integral part of good management generally, rather than as a stand-alone system.

The Plan, Do, Check, Act cycle should not be seen as a once-and-for-all action. You may need to go round the cycle more than once, particularly when:

  • starting out;
  • developing a new process, product or service; or
  • implementing any change.

It should be part of the everyday process of running an organisation and an integral part of workplace behaviours and attitudes.

Whatever your industry, or the size or nature of your organisation, the keys to effectively managing for health and safety are:

  • leadership and management (including appropriate business processes);
  • a trained/skilled workforce;
  • an environment where people are trusted and involved.

The HSE advocates that all of these elements, underpinned by an understanding of the profile of risks the organisation creates or faces, are needed. A sustained and systematic approach is necessary. This may not require a formal health and safety management system but, whatever approach is used, it probably contains the steps Plan, Do, Check, Act. However, the success of whatever process or system is in place hinges on the attitudes and behaviours of people in the organisation.

4 Steps to continuously improving Health & Safety in your business

  1. Planning your Businesses Health & Safety
  2. Doing, designing safe practices into different job roles and business functions
  3. Checking, active and reactive monitoring
  4. Acting, lessons learned, feedback and continuously improving your Health & Safety Policy

Why people choose RISK for their Health & Safety training providers

RISK trainers are active Health & Safety consultants, this means they fully understand what it’s like to work in a manufacturing or construction environment. They have experienced the issues and challenges you face in your business and can help you develop robust implementation processes as well as provide the knowledge to pass the relevant qualification for your job role.

The information contained within this article is sourced from HSE Book, Managing for Health and Safety (HSG65) which can be downloaded here.

This information is relevant to NEBOSH courses and the CITB SMSTS and SSSTS courses