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The seven steps

  1. Assess how you're doing
  2. Find the root of the issues
  3. Make it fit with what you do
  4. Lead this in your company
  5. What's in it for your team
  6. How your team can carry it out
  7. Make it last

Step 7: Make it last

Introduction

Well done for having completed the toolkit! You've reached the final step.

The most important thing you can do now is to act as a result of your learning and keep on learning.

Worker in protective headgear welding

Just like any construction project, whatever you have built needs to be maintained!

Training with new workers and regularly reviewing and refreshing training with existing workers is an essential part of maintaining change. Unless you make periodic changes, any programme you put in place is likely to deteriorate over time or become outdated.

In addition, think about maintaining your standards in each project.

If you found using this toolkit a useful experience, we hope that you will monitor your progress and repeat the process regularly. Monitoring is an important part of your health and safety management. It lets you see improvement!

Ask yourself whether you regularly:

  • monitor your health and safety performance?
  • review and refresh the training that you give to your workers and make sure that the training you are providing is relevant?
  • respond to your workers concerns, follow up on actions and close out on things raised?
  • make sure that health and safety is your top priority?
  • make sure that health and safety is a priority over other pressures (eg time pressures, difficulties with sub-contractors)?

Key tool

It is important that you monitor your leadership and worker involvement (LWI) programme to see whether it is actually working. Is it effective in controlling risks and developing positive health and safety attitudes? Involve your workers when you measure health and safety performance wherever possible.

The ‘Site Measurement Aid’ will help you to choose the most appropriate indicators of success and gives you guidance on how to set these up.

Putting strategies in place to maintain your LWI programme is vital for continued improvements and success. The changes you make and all your efforts so far should not be regarded as a ’one-off exercise’. Without any strategies to maintain change over time, it is highly likely that your workers will go back to the way they worked before.

You may find the following templates useful as you consider site measurement.

Further tools

Here are some more tools you may find useful.

This information sheet contains some general hints on making leadership and worker involvement strategies successful over the long haul.

Make It Last

This information sheet will help you to carry out a Behavioural Gap Analysis to measure the gap between where you currently are and where you want to be in relation to health and safety.

Behavioural Gap Analysis

You can also download an Example Site Observational Checklist (which includes working at height, slips and manual handling).

Example Site Observational Checklist

On individual contracts you can ensure that health and safety remains a priority over other pressures, right up to the end of the contract.

Maintaining Health and Safety Standards Through The Life of A Contract

'How To Be A Learning Organisation' helps you to keep learning, keep improving, keep healthy and keep safe.

How To Be A Learning Organisation

Summary

Working through this toolkit should not be treated as a ‘one-off exercise’. It should be seen as an ongoing approach that becomes part of a normal way of running your business.

Monitoring is crucial. It allows you to see improvement and identify any changes which must be made to your leadership and worker involvement programme.

Without any strategies in place to maintain change and monitor your progress over time, it is highly likely that your workers will go back to their old ways of working.

Next steps

Having worked your way through all sections of the toolkit, you may now find it useful to return to the Health and Safety Diagnostic Tool (Step 1: How are you doing?) and complete it again.

The results will now allow you to focus on the areas most in need of improvement.

Remember also to periodically return to the HSDT to check how you are doing (eg 6-12 months).

Updated: 24.09.14