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HSE has moved away from using the POPMAR (Policy, Organising, Planning, Measuring performance, Auditing and Review) model of managing health and safety to ‘Plan, Do, Check, Act’.

The move towards Plan, Do, Check, Act achieves a better balance between the systems and behavioural aspects of management. It also treats health and safety management as an integral part of good management generally, rather than as a stand-alone system.

The high-level descriptions may vary, depending on the industry or sector you are working in, but a summary of the actions involved in delivering effective arrangements and how they are frequently described is given below, under the headings of Plan, Do, Check, Act:

Plan, Do, Check, Act Conventional health and safety management Process safety
Plan Determine your policy/Plan for implementation Define and communicate acceptable performance and resources needed
Identify and assess risks/Identify controls/ Record and maintain process safety knowledge
Do Profile risks/Organise for health and safety/Implement your plans
Implement and manage control measures
Check Measure performance (monitor before events, investigate after events) Measure and review performance/Learn from measurements and findings of investigations
Act Review performance/Act on lessons learned

Plan, Do, Check, Act should not be seen as a once-and-for-all action:    

plan, do, check, act

You may need to go round the cycle more than once, particularly when:

Updated: 2013-08-05