The HSE appear to be following recommendations put forward by Professor Löfstedt in his review of health & safety legislation. Professor Löfstedt (who spoke at our Health and Safety Conference earlier this year) stated that Health and Safety legislation required a complete overhaul. Lord Young, in his 2010 report 'Common sense, common safety' (PDF), also suggested that reforms were needed.
The HSE has embarked on a huge consultation exercise aimed at revising, consolidating, or withdrawing 15 Approved Codes of Practice (ACoP) by the end of next year (2013). The AcOP were always more 'reader friendly' than the legislation they cover, so we hope that any replacements will keep this tradition. Additionally it is expected that there will be 'less room for interpretation' with the new standard.
So what will this mean to those of us on the ground - Will more simplicity mean less confusion? What are your thoughts?
To view all the relevant documentation, visit www.hse.gov.uk/consult/condocs/cd241.htm The deadline for comments is 14 September.
At the OECD Corporate Governance for Process Safety conference (14-15 June 2012) Judith Hackitt who was the chair of the event spoke about the need for better Corporate Governance. Ai Solutions fully advocates this as we believe that a 'top down' approach to health and safety is the only way forward. In our experience no matter how good each department may be at addressing health and safety issues, the impact of any health and safety structure or process will have its limits without the support and drive from the corporate team.
This is why we wrote ToolKit CS™ (software for CDM and Asbestos management); the aim is to support the process, to implement a strategy and to monitor compliance along the way. Seeking to improve things and save lives has to be the main drive for health and safety. The need for Leadership in Process Safety Management is the best strategy and having systems and processes in place to support this strategy will bring long term benefits, cutting costs, using less resources and, most of all, saving lives.
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