Monitoring and Improving
Carrying out regular reviews
After reviewing potential hazards, determining safety provisions and implementing them as health and safety policy, a business will need to carry out regular monitoring of the policy and make any changes that they may feel will improve their health and safety.
To commence monitoring and improving of health and safety it is a good idea for a business to retrace the initial steps that it took in formulating and implementing the health and safety policy. Worker input is also an excellent tool to use when reviewing health and safety policy; a business should consult its employees, because these are the people who health and safety policy actually touches, and accumulate feedback to review its procedures. More detailed information on worker involvement is included elsewhere in this section.
Health and Safety performance indicators
The Health and Safety Executive have composed two indicators for businesses to use in order to review their health and safety policy; one for small businesses of under 250 employees, and one for large businesses for over 250 employees.
The one for small businesses was created in conjunction with Business Link and the British Insurance Broker’s Association. It is known as the SME Performance Indicator and is available on Business Links website. This indicator attempts to help businesses assess how well they have identified and managed health and safety risks, to provide guidance on how to improve and to compare their own results anonymously against those of other small businesses.
The tool for large businesses is called the Corporate Health and Safety Performance Indicator and is available on the Health and Safety Executives website. This indicator helps large businesses to use an acknowledged group of standards against which to compare their own health and safety performance. It also enables the business to provide firm information regarding their health and safety to interested external parties, especially shareholders, investors and insurers.
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