Effective Health & Safety Management. Kev Coghill MIOSH RSP Senior Risk Consultant Marsh Risk Consulting Practice. Objectives. Introduce the UK H&S legal regime Appreciate why H&S is important Understand the risk assessment process
Kev Coghill MIOSH RSP
Senior Risk Consultant
Marsh Risk Consulting Practice
Section 2(1) - employers’ general duty
“Reasonably Practicable” or “SFARP”
Duty of Employers to Employees cont.
Duty of Employees at Work
It shall be the duty of every employee whilst at work:-
If an inspector is of the opinion that a person:-
then he will issue an Improvement Notice.
If any activity is being, or is about to be, carried out that could result in serious personal injury, then an inspector may issue a Prohibition Notice. This notice will cause the immediate cessation of the activity involved until all measures are rectified.
The HSE can take legal action against an employer/employee in a criminal court for H&S failures:
(Remember - you cannot insure against failure to comply with H&S legislation)
If guilty = criminal record
Provides for compensation to be paid to persons who suffer harm as a result of a work activity.
Effectively “guilty until you prove your innocence”
Injuries (accidents & incidents)
Suitable & Sufficient
TAKEN FROM THE MHSWR APPROVED CODE OF PRACTICE 1999
What is a Hazard?
What is a Risk?
Risk therefore reflects both the likelihood that harm will be caused and its severity
What is Harm?
Safety law is only concerned with harm to property or the environment if that entails a risk of harm to people.
Now consider risk ranking
Measurement of frequency/likelihood
3 Categories :
Measurement of severity
3 Categories :
Risk = Probability x Consequence (Severity)
What is to be undertaken
Who is charged with undertaking the action
Action target date
Action completion date
Objectives/Actions should be - SMART
Ambitious & agreed
Tied to a timetable
“Well this certainly buggers up our plans to conquer the Universe”