The development of a health and safety performance index is one outcome of the work initiated by the Revitalising Health and Safety strategy statement and the HSC's wish to increase incentives for senior managers to manage health and safety well. This project first developed a draft Index, after consultation with key stakeholders, and then piloted the Index in a two stage process with over 20 organisations. The results indicate that an Index of company health and safety performance can be used to compare organisations. The Index is practical and takes a reasonable amount of time to complete, although it is not clear that all organisations can readily include contractor injury or absence rates in their responses. It is recommended that a larger scale validation exercise is completed once an electronic version of the Index is produced and that the institutional arrangements for operating the Index are now considered.
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