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Worker Involvement – HSE ‘do your bit’ Stakeholder Event

24 March 2011 Redgrave Court, Bootle


1. HSE held a stakeholder event in its Bootle Headquarters (Redgrave Court) on 24 March 2011 to advise a representative group of stakeholders regarding:

a) successful delivery of the “Safe and Sound at work – do your bit’ (DYB) training initiatives; and following HSE Board/SMT agreement;

b) discuss potential arrangements for continued delivery of the DYB initiatives.

2. During 2010.11 financial year, HSE appointed a third party contractor Premier Partnership, to deliver the training initiatives that included:

3. The objectives of the training were exceeded with over 2400 RoES trained nationwide and 120 organisations receiving the joint training.

4. Following the early success of the initiatives the HSE Board endorsed proposals to explore methods for continuing delivery of the training (see: HSE Board Paper HSE11/17 ).

Summary note of the stakeholder event

5. Please see the day’s agenda.

6. At the event, Paul Cook, HSE Policy Adviser for the Workforce and Leadership Team provided a presentation on the aims of the initiative and the subsequent performance against targets by the training provider. David Pearson from Premier Partnership then informed the audience about the training products.

7. The event provided an opportunity to hear from three companies who each gave a presentation on their experiences of worker consultation and how attending the DYB training helped improve consultation an involvement of workers in health and safety arrangements at their respective workplaces.

8. The presenters, companies involved and their presentations are as follows:.

9. Both the training initiatives having evaluated well so far and a final presentation was provided by Andrea Broughton from the Institute of Employment Studies on the early evaluation findings.

10. Syndicate exercises and a question and answer session followed presentations.

11. The following Annexes provide the presentations from the day, a summary of the key points from the syndicate exercises and questions and answers following discussions. Please see:

Annex A

Summary of Syndicate Discussions from Worker Involvement ‘do your bit’ Event on 24 March 2011

The event attendees were split into three syndicates and were asked to discuss and consider:

Responses to the above included:

Retaining a form of accreditation, IOSH or equivalent, to provide “added value” to the learning and help ensure quality.

Constitute a forum of champions/stakeholders who are the key influences in the areas of health and safety leadership and worker involvement

The Trade Associations have a key role to play, including those who attend HSE’s SBTAF.

The bodies which provide training to management (including IOSH etc) need to be challenged to review how they cover worker involvement in their courses.

The same goes for proprietary audit schemes and pre-qual schemes.

Continue to promote the full range of benefits associated with Worker involvement to UK plc

Ensure Principal Contractors are on board to help filter down initiatives/ influence supply chain.

Keep engaging intermediaries to ensure better coverage of sectors not previously engaged.

Ensure HSE retains/protects the ‘do your bit’ brand

Ensure the product is current, work with industry to made it more specific

Role for HSE to ensure consistency of delivery – quality assurance

HSE inspectors raise awareness to organisations

Extension of the brand to also cover safety leadership themes

Annex B

Question and answer session

Q1. Can you explain the format of the IOSH accreditation test for the new representative training?

A1: There was a brief assessment at the end of the 2-day RoES course and a similar short test at the end of the Day 3 course. Mock questions were discussed by the tutor.

Q2. How do you get the pitch right for the different organisations as they will all be on a different point on their ‘consultation journey’?

A2: The training was designed to accommodate differences. The new rep training was for organisations who either had no reps or existing reps that required training on consultation. The joint training was tailored for organisations with more mature consultation systems in place, but who had identified the need to improve their arrangements. The facilitator’s brief for the joint training was flexible. A facilitator’s experience is key to ensuring successful delivery of this joint training.

Q3. What has been learnt in regards to Risk Assessment (RA) from this topic (Worker Involvement)?

A3: Many organisations requested training on RA and it was the most popular topic in association with training on consultation & involvement. Organisations involved made an ongoing commitment in their action planning session(s) to consult those workers (and their reps) closest to risk(s) when undertaking assessments.

Q4. Has HSE learned from the Worker Safety Advisor (WSA) scheme delivered a few years ago?

A4: This initiative took on board the findings of the scheme, in particular the recommendation to provide “soft” or “people skills” content alongside technical health and safety training. These initiatives cost less and have greater potential to reach more organisations to help them realise the benefits.

Q5. Asked of the organisations presenting, following their attendance at the ‘do your bit’ training, “How do external companies now view you”?

A5: Replies included: ‘reduction in insurance’ for one of the organisations who had been active in worker involvement for some time; ‘raised companies profile’ from another and ‘too soon to say as early days’ from the third.

Annex C

Delegate List for HSE ‘do your bit’ Worker Involvement Stakeholder Event –
 24 March 2011.

Surname Forename Organisation
Atkinson Keith Office of Rail and Road (ORR)
Abaza Andrew Proskills
Baldwin Billy UCATT
Bates Sarah Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
Bibbings Roger Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)
Broughton Andrea Institute of Employment Studies (IES)
Bryson Nigel Consultant
Burke Anthony Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
Cook Paul Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
Dawson Sarah Involvement and Participation Association (IPA)
Denby Andrew Tamdown Group
Haggarty Paul Richard Burbidge Ltd.
Hill Simon Health and Safety Laboratories (HSL)
Farrell Anthony Wates Construction
Fidderman Howard Consultant
Jones Richard Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)
Johnson Tommy Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
Jowett Will Premier Partnership
Knowles Gill Advice and Conciliation Arbitrary Service (ACAS)
Maddocks Jon Richard Burbidge Ltd.
Marsh Philip British Glass Manufacturers Confederation
Marshall Andy Richard Burbidge Ltd.
McDonnell Karen RoSPA Scotland
Morgan Pippa Confederation of British Industry (CBI)
Pearson David Premier Partnership
Robinson Susan Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
Rogers Alison Construction Skills
Sharp Rob Richard Burbidge Ltd.
Smeatham David Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
Smith Jo Wrexham University
Somers Liz Consultant
Stevenson Irene Proskills
Stiles Shelley Consultant
Taylor Neil Bardsley Construction Ltd
Thorley John Bardsley Construction Ltd
Try Peter Union Learn
Vaid Aslam Motor Vehicle Repairers Association (MVRA)
Vondy Rob Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
Watts Tim Consultant