RR217 - The development of a health and safety management index for use by business, investors, employees, the regulator and other stakeholders
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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