Under the SIMPL (Safety in Manufacturing Plastics & Composites) initiative, every company that has signed up to the SIMPL pledge has committed to developing a 3 year Company Action Plan with the overall aim of improving its health and safety standard and performance.
Having an action plan allows the company to set out a 3 year plan on how it plans to improve its standard of health and safety both for legal compliance and improved risk management. This creates a focus and demonstrates the company’s commitment to continual improvement.
HSE inspectors visiting a company may be aware that a company has signed up to the SIMPL Pledge and could ask to see the action plan during the visit. The action plan will show the inspector they have identified and prioritised the key risks in their company and established timescales for how and when improvements will happen.
Each company that is signed up to the SIMPL pledge must develop their own company specific action plans. It is important that the Action Plan has input from, and is approved by senior management.
The Action Plan should include specific actions set against the 5 strategic objectives set out in the SIMPL Strategy which are:
The actions identified in the Action Plan should be relevant to the company, and translate these high level objectives into practical steps for improvement at a company level. If a company has no issues under one of the strategic objectives then they do not need to do anything for this objective.
Examples of actions against the Leadership Objective could include:
It is Important to get your workers involved in putting together your action plan. They may have knowledge of issues management aren’t aware about and they may also have good ideas and suggestions of how to solve problems.
Each company should set itself challenging targets with SMART objectives. This means that actions are:
The company should make every effort to keep to agreed completion dates, but if it is unable to achieve the timescale it has set itself this should be reassessed and adjusted accordingly during the ongoing progress reviews throughout the 3 years
Company Action Plans should be reviewed at regular intervals throughout the 3 year period. Quarterly reviews could provide a good framework to kep the action plan on target.
Each Company Action Plan should be signed off by the CEO or most senior person in the company to ensure that it has top level commitment and support.
Support and guidance on how to develop Company Action Plans can be obtained from either BPF, PAFA or Composites UK. The Trade Associations can provide example templates.
Here is a sample action plan template put together by PAFA that may help you in compiling your own action plan.