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Competence and attitude of management

Competence and attitude of management
Rating Descriptor

Management know the relevant health and safety standards have put them into effect and check they are applied correctly. There is clear evidence of effective self-regulation with standards being monitored and refined. Full compliance with the approach in HS(G)65.


Management generally enthusiastic and competent with either (i) effective systems in place for other business processes (e.g. quality assurance), but have incomplete knowledge of health and safety requirements, or (ii) good health and safety knowledge with systems requiring improvement. There is potential for good performance and reasonable compliance with the HS(G)65 approach.


Management are knowledgeable about relevant health and safety standards but there has been little effort to adopt a proactive approach to health and safety management. However, senior managers volunteer their thoughts as the inspection progresses and appear to be committed to adopting a more proactive approach. There is general confidence that the recommendations resulting from the inspection will be put into place.


Management have only a patchy knowledge of relevant standards and there is little or no evidence that a proactive approach to health and safety management has been adopted. However, senior managers recognise the need to satisfy explicit statutory requirements and there is some prospect that a more proactive approach may be adopted.


Management show significant shortcomings in their knowledge of relevant standards; they do not appear to be willing to instigate a proactive approach and have not recognised that health and safety is an issue where they need to be personally involved. There is uncertainty as to how they will respond to the findings from the inspection.


There is a negative approach to accepting legal duties and management dispute the relevance or validity of recognised benchmark standards. Totally ineffective in the management of health and safety.  The findings from the inspection are likely to be ignored.

Updated 2019-07-23