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Comparison of HSG 65 with other key management ‘standards’

This document outlines and compares HSE’s popular and successful publication ‘Successful Health and Safety Management’ (HSG 65) with other key management "standards" publications.  These are:

The documents have different purposes, contents and scopes but there is a high degree of similarity in their content at high level – albeit the order in which the elements are covered, the manner in which these are broken down and the nomenclature used are not always the same. This reflects the common heritage and principles of all the documents, which are based on the ‘plan/do/check/act’ model of quality management; sometimes referred to as the management ‘control loop’.  Apart from the quality management standard (which contains little or nothing on identifying the existing state of affairs or assessing risks), the route taken by all the documents is, in essence, for organizations to:

The main characteristics of the documents are:

Compliance with certifiable standards is demonstrated through audit by a certifying body, which itself should be accredited by the UK Accreditation Service, (UKAS).  The Environment Agency takes account of operators’ management systems in its OPRA environmental risk rating scheme, giving operators credit for having environmental management systems that are certified as meeting BS 14001 standards.  A recent study has suggested positive correlations between certified implementation of BS14001 and good environmental performance, but apparently only where the audit and certification is by an accredited certifying body.

This simple picture may be complicated where organizations have sought to integrate the requirements of one or more of the above (or other) standards into a single system.

Updated 2012-12-27