Health and safety shake-up

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Introductionof government initiative sees biggest health and safety shake-up in a quarterof a centuryTheGovernment has heralded a culture change as it introduced the biggest shake-upto the health and safety system in 25 years.TheRevitalising Health and Safety initiative includes targets to reduce the numberof days lost from work-related injury and ill health, as well as a commitmentto cut accidents, as part of the awaited strategy.Imprisonmentwill be extended to most health and safety offences. A director’s code ofpractice will require a named person to be responsible for health and safetywithin every company. This follows confirmation of a law on corporatemanslaughter (Occupational Health, June).Themove comes in response to what many observers believe is a “plateau”in achievement from the 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act, and the complaintby many Labour MPs that fines are far too low.Therewill be incentives as well as penalties, and advice geared to promoting goodhealth, as well as clamping down on unsafe practices. The Government promisedto “explore with the insurance industry incentives to reward good healthand safety performers at the expense of those companies with poor records”.”Healthand safety at work should be a core requirement of business activity, not aninconvenient ‘add-on’,” said Bill Callaghan, chairman of the Health andSafety Commission. “As far as I am concerned, those who cannot managehealth and safety, cannot manage.”NolaIshmael, nursing officer at the DoH, told the Association of OccupationalHealth Nurse Practitioners conference shortly before the Government’sannouncement, that the OH profession promised to be full stakeholders inimplementing a 10-year strategy for improving health in the workplace.www.hse.gov.uk/links/revital.htmActionplan–The Revitalising Health and Safety initiative will see:–Best practice and return-to-work strategies. –A director’s code of practice, which will make a named person responsible forhealth and safety. –Tougher penalties, including imprisonment for most health and safety offences,and the maximum fine available in the lower court to be extended to most healthand safety breaches. –An examination of new penalties, such as fines linked to turnover, prohibitionof bonuses and suspension of managers without pay. –Help for small businesses, including a grant and support through the SmallBusiness Service. –Abolition of Crown immunity, to help with accountability in the public sector. –Examination with the insurance industry of incentives to reward good health andsafety performers at the expense of those with poor records. Health and safety shake-upOn 1 Jul 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more