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CRR 412/200
A survey of UK approaches to sharing good practice in health and safety risk management

States that the concept of good practice is central to HSE's approach to regulation of health and safety management. There must therefore be a common understanding of what good practice is and where it can be found. Conducted to explore how industry actually identifies good practice in health and safety management, decides how to adopt it, and how this is communicated with others. The findings are based primarily on a segmentation of the survey results by organisation size, due to homogeneity of the returns along with other axes of analysis. A key finding is that there is no common understanding of the term good practice or how this is distinguished from best practice. Regulatory interpretation of good practice is perceived to be inconsistent. Three models were identified: A) Large organisations, primarily in privatised industries, have effective Trade Associations where good practice is developed and guidance disseminated industry-wide. B) Large and medium-sized organisations in competitive industrieshave ineffective trade organisations. They develop good practices in-house and may only share these with their competitors when forced to do so. C) Small organisations have little contact with their competitors. They look to the HSE to provide guidance on good practice in an accessible form.

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Updated 2010-03-18