Worker Involvement – HSE 'do your bit' Stakeholder Event
24 March 2011 Redgrave Court, Bootle
1. HSE held a stakeholder event in its Bootle Headquarters (Redgrave Court) on 24 March 2011 to advise a representative group of stakeholders regarding:
a) successful delivery of the "Safe and Sound at work – do your bit' (DYB) training initiatives; and following HSE Board/SMT agreement;
b) discuss potential arrangements for continued delivery of the DYB initiatives.
2. During 2010.11 financial year, HSE appointed a third party contractor Premier Partnership, to deliver the training initiatives that included:
- a part –funded training course for Representatives of Employee Safety (RoES). Targeted at non-unionised small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in construction, manufacturing, MVR and transport sectors across GB that included "soft" or "people skills" content ; and,
- facilitated joint training of safety representatives and their managers workshops delivered to a variety of sectors in both unionised and non-unionised GB workplaces.
3. The objectives of the training were exceeded with over 2400 RoES trained nationwide and 120 organisations receiving the joint training.
4. Following the early success of the initiatives the HSE Board endorsed proposals to explore methods for continuing delivery of the training (see: HSE Board Paper HSE11/17 from The National Archive).
Summary note of the stakeholder event
5. Please see the day's agenda.
6. At the event, Paul Cook, HSE Policy Adviser for the Workforce and Leadership Team provided a presentation on the aims of the initiative and the subsequent performance against targets by the training provider. David Pearson from Premier Partnership then informed the audience about the training products.
7. The event provided an opportunity to hear from three companies who each gave a presentation on their experiences of worker consultation and how attending the DYB training helped improve consultation an involvement of workers in health and safety arrangements at their respective workplaces.
8. The presenters, companies involved and their presentations are as follows:.
9. Both the training initiatives having evaluated well so far and a final presentation was provided by Andrea Broughton from the Institute of Employment Studies on the early evaluation findings.
10. Syndicate exercises and a question and answer session followed presentations.
11. The following Annexes provide the presentations from the day, a summary of the key points from the syndicate exercises and questions and answers following discussions. Please see:
- Annex A A summary of the discussions/ syndicates from the day
- Annex B A summary of the key questions and answers
- Annex C Full list of attendees
Summary of Syndicate Discussions from Worker Involvement 'do your bit' Event on 24 March 2011
The event attendees were split into three syndicates and were asked to discuss and consider:
- most appropriate route(s) to market for training products;
- appetite for this training in the current climate;
- potential alternative funding streams for delivery of courses
- the combination and type of qualifications/ skills/ knowledge/ experience that is required by a facilitator to deliver a tailored joint training workshop
- ideas, concerns, issues or risks associated with the proposed approach outlined in the Board Paper for continuing delivery.
Responses to the above included:
- Retaining a form of accreditation, IOSH or equivalent, to provide "added value" to the learning and help ensure quality.
- Constitute a forum of champions/stakeholders who are the key influences in the areas of health and safety leadership and worker involvement
- The Trade Associations have a key role to play, including those who attend HSE's SBTAF.
- The bodies which provide training to management (including IOSH etc) need to be challenged to review how they cover worker involvement in their courses.
- The same goes for proprietary audit schemes and pre-qual schemes.
- Continue to promote the full range of benefits associated with Worker involvement to UK plc
- Ensure Principal Contractors are on board to help filter down initiatives/ influence supply chain.
- Keep engaging intermediaries to ensure better coverage of sectors not previously engaged.
- Ensure HSE retains/protects the 'do your bit' brand
- Ensure the product is current, work with industry to made it more specific
- Role for HSE to ensure consistency of delivery – quality assurance
- HSE inspectors raise awareness to organisations
- Extension of the brand to also cover safety leadership themes
Question and answer session
Q1. Can you explain the format of the IOSH accreditation test for the new representative training?
A1: There was a brief assessment at the end of the 2-day RoES course and a similar short test at the end of the Day 3 course. Mock questions were discussed by the tutor.
Q2. How do you get the pitch right for the different organisations as they will all be on a different point on their 'consultation journey'?
A2: The training was designed to accommodate differences. The new rep training was for organisations who either had no reps or existing reps that required training on consultation. The joint training was tailored for organisations with more mature consultation systems in place, but who had identified the need to improve their arrangements. The facilitator's brief for the joint training was flexible. A facilitator's experience is key to ensuring successful delivery of this joint training.
Q3. What has been learnt in regards to Risk Assessment (RA) from this topic (Worker Involvement)?
A3: Many organisations requested training on RA and it was the most popular topic in association with training on consultation & involvement. Organisations involved made an ongoing commitment in their action planning session(s) to consult those workers (and their reps) closest to risk(s) when undertaking assessments.
Q4. Has HSE learned from the Worker Safety Advisor (WSA) scheme delivered a few years ago?
A4: This initiative took on board the findings of the scheme, in particular the recommendation to provide "soft" or "people skills" content alongside technical health and safety training. These initiatives cost less and have greater potential to reach more organisations to help them realise the benefits.
Q5. Asked of the organisations presenting, following their attendance at the 'do your bit' training, "How do external companies now view you"?
A5: Replies included: 'reduction in insurance' for one of the organisations who had been active in worker involvement for some time; 'raised companies profile' from another and 'too soon to say as early days' from the third.
Delegate List for HSE 'do your bit' Worker Involvement Stakeholder Event –
24 March 2011.
- Keith Atkinson - Office of Rail and Road (ORR)
- Andrew Abaza - Proskills
- Billy Baldwin - UCATT
- Sarah Bates - Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
- Roger Bibbings - Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)
- Andrea Broughton - Institute of Employment Studies (IES)
- Nigel Bryson - Consultant
- Anthony Burke - Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
- Paul Cook - Health and Safety and Executive (HSE)
- Sarah Dawson - Involvement and Participation Association (IPA)
- Andrew Denby - Tamdown Group
- Paul Haggarty - Richard Burbidge Ltd
- Simon Hill - Health and Safety Laboratories (HSL)
- Anthony Farrell - Wates Construction
- Howard Fidderman - Consultant
- Richard Jones - Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)
- Tommy Johnson - Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
- Will Jowett - Premier Partnership
- Gill Knowles - Advice and Conciliation Arbitrary Service (ACAS)
- Jon Maddocks - Richard Burbidge Ltd.
- Philip Marsh - British Glass Manufacturers Confederation
- Andy Marshall - Richard Burbidge Ltd.
- Karen McDonnell - RoSPA Scotland
- Pippa Morgan - Confederation of British Industry (CBI)
- David Pearson - Premier Partnership
- Susan Robinson - Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
- Alison Robinson - Construction Skills
- Rob Sharp - Richard Burbidge Ltd.
- David Smeatham - Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
- Jo Smith - Wrexham University
- Liz Somers - Consultant
- Irene Stevenson - Proskills
- Shelley Stiles - Consultant
- Neil Taylor - Bardsley Construction Ltd
- John Thorley - Bardsley Construction Ltd
- Peter Try - Union Learn
- Aslam Vaid - Motor Vehicle Repairers Association (MVRA)
- Rob Vondy - Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
- Tim Watts - Consultant