Key Occupational Safety Issues

RoSPA has a number of 'key issues' which focuses policy development effort on major topics where RoSPA intervention can help secure significant and lasting safety change, working, where possible, in co-operation with others and developing associated products and services where appropriate.

RoSPA's main 'key issues' are:

Saving lives, reducing injuries at work

Assistance to Small Firms

Even small businesses have accidents. Accident rates in small businesses can be higher than in large operations.

RoSPA's National Occupational Safety and Health Committee (NOSHC) undertook an Inquiry into all the main activities in the UK promoting and supporting better H&S standards in SME's.

The aim was to fully chart everything that was happening in this field at present and the extent to which it really does reach and help SMEs.

RoSPA Small Firms Inquiry
Advice pack for small firms

Occupational Health

For too long Occupational Health has been the 'poor cousin' in the H&S relationship, even though work related occupational health damage is a far greater problem than occupational accidents.

The costs to individuals, their families as well as to organisations and the economy as a whole are too big to ignore.

Introduction to Occupational Health

Directors' chair.

Director Leadership

In too many organisations senior managers still tend to regard H&S as a low level, technical, or regulatory compliance issue, rather than a key strategic aspect of business performance.

RoSPA seeks to raise awareness of the need for effective board level and senior management leadership of H&S management. RoSPA wants to create a clearer expectation that boards should set targets, review progress and report periodically on corporate H&S performance, recognising the business benefits which high H&S standards can contribute to commercial success. RoSPA also believes that senior managers must lead H&S management by personal example.

Further information on Director Leadership

Health and Safety workers

Worker Involvement

Evidence shows that businesses with good workforce involvement in health and safety perform better when it comes to managing health and safety measures. They also tend to have better productivity and higher levels of workforce motivation.

RoSPA wants more opportunities to spread this approach to organisations that have yet to tap into their workers' knowledge and engage their enthusiasm for health and safety.

Workforce involvement in health and safety decision-making can save lives and reduce injuries.

Team Leadership

Following on from the key themes of director leadership and workforce involvement, RoPSA believes that the key role of team leaders and supervisors in delivering corporate OH&S expectations needs to be the next big area of focus in developing the UK's occupational safety and health strategy.

It has become clear that, in addition to traditional health and safety training, both team leaders and safety representatives need other kinds of learning and development experiences, particularly to help them acquire appropriate 'soft skills'.

Further information on Team Leadership

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Managing Occupational Road Risk

More people are killed and injured in at-work road accidents than in all other occupational accidents put together. Since 1996 RoSPA has led the campaign to ensure risk on the road is managed and regulated as a mainstream health and safety issue, when it is part of work activity.

Most large organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors have begun to address the issue, cutting crashes as well as costs. At RoSPA we want to help more organisations to move in this direction, particularly SMEs. We are keeping up the pressure to secure acceptance of managing occupational road risk as the number one safety issue in most organisations.

Accident Investigation

Although many businesses have made progress in getting to grips with risk assessment (looking forwards to anticipate and prevent harm before it occurs), many are still failing to gain maximum benefit from their approach to the investigation of accidents and incidents. Consequently, they are still failing to learn vital lessons, which could help them, improve their overall management of health and safety.

RoSPA stresses the importance of director-led, team-based investigation which draws on workers' knowledge and insights, teaches them how to investigate and creates champions for the implementation of resulting recommendations.

Learning from Safety Failure

GoPOP website.

Going Public on Performance

GoPOP stands for "Going Public on Performance".

RoSPA has carried out research to explore and assess the presence and quality of health and safety information on companies' websites.

GoPOP is an online tool to help organisations showcase their commitment to health and safety. The site helps employers gain a competitive advantage because they are able to show their suppliers and clients how well they are managing occupational safety and health. They are also able to show their insurer and potential investors that they approach OS&H in an open and measured way.

RoSPA encourages organisations to report openly their progress in the sphere of occupational safety and health. Doing so not only encourages the reporting organisation to keep improving its standards, but also sets a benchmark against which other organisations can measure their performance.
Reporting on Corporate H&S Performance

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24/7 Safety

In Britain we enjoy some of the safest working conditions in the world - although the priority still has to be to bring occupational safety and health standards in poorly performing businesses up to scratch.

But for those organisations which are 'higher performers' in OS&H, the challenge now is to extend their health and safety systems and culture to help their employees to remain safe when they are outside the workplace.

Further information on 24/7 Safety

Page Ref. No.: OS00082 / Date Created: 2002 / Date Updated: 20/07/2012 / Author: RB/CH

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