Are we going to see improved understanding of health and safety requirements for businesses?

Are we going to see improved understanding of health and safety requirements for businesses?

Are we going to see improved understanding of health and safety requirements for businesses?

Are we going to see improved understanding of health and safety requirements for businesses?

Let’s hope so… Regulatory bodies and local authorities’ performance will soon be measured and regulated by an improved Regulator’s Code. Planned to be published next spring (subject to Parliamentary approval), it’s expected to improve the way in which health and safety control is delivered by the awarded bodies.
Part of the many changes, direct results from the Lofsted review, which the Government has promoted during the last year, it is expected that this amended regulation will give a clearer idea of what the regulating authorities are expected and permitted to do. The aim is to raise the standards of service and control which hopes to improve businesses’ perception of health and safety authorities.
It is coming in to substitute the Regulators’ Compliance Code, and it’s claimed to be clearer, shorter and easier to follow and understand. Essentially, it contains simplified guidance, tools, case studies and templates which would give regulators more flexibility when attending businesses and setting up their own individual standards and requirements.

By creating this more flexible and risk- assessment based framework it’s expected to set up the rules so health and safety authorities can design their own particular approach on how to deal with businesses.

After consultation in which national regulators, local authorities, businesses and trade bodies have taken part, many issues have arisen regarding the complexity of the existing code. One of the main problems that the new framework is addressing is the fact that on many occasions standards and policies are published but are not well enough understood and sometimes, poorly delivered by the health and safety professionals and consequently poorly understood and implemented by businesses.

This inevitably leads to health and safety failures and incidents…

Are we going to see improved understanding of health and safety requirements for businesses?

The main solution for the confusion that businesses have complained about would be an open dialogue policy. Certainly, this is an issue that many health and safety consultants and advisers encounter on a daily basis.

Many duty holders and line managers have been found to be reluctant to invest in health and safety, complying just with the bare minimums. This is not always enough to keep workers safe. The introduction of the requirement of regulators publishing clear guidance and service standards would permit businesses to have an easy access to information about what is expected from them in case of inspection. Also, the new Regulator’s Code is promoting the attitude for regulators to actively engage in accepting complaints and suggestions from businesses, regarding safety issues.

Businesses, citizens and Government are expected to monitor regulators and challenge the authorities, if they are not acting in line with their own published rules.
High levels of compliance are considered to be the core mile stone of better safety culture and safer workplaces. For many safety professionals, health and safety is a vocation and highly satisfactory job which saves lives. Hopefully with the series of new regulations and the scraping of old and unnecessary ones which were developed and introduced during the last couple of years, we all are going to work in a safer and better country.

Clearer information and more understanding is what businesses have been asking for for a long time now, lets hope it is going to work out

Are we going to see improved understanding of health and safety requirements for businesses?

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