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Where SHPF members have influenced Scotland's health and Safety Agenda


For Business by Business Support

A mentoring toolkit commissioned by the Partnership on Health and Safety in Scotland

This business to business toolkit was commissioned by the Partnership on Health and Safety in Scotland – a multi-disciplinary forum for key stakeholders in workplace health and safety in Scotland, including the Scottish Government.

The purpose of the toolkit is to:

  • Provide guidance on business to business mentoring models
  • Provide a source of reference material for mentors and mentees
  • Encourage and support professionals within ‘higher performing’ organisations to act as mentors to others

Download a copy here

Estates Excellence

Estates Excellence is working with a wide range of partners including HSE Scotland, SCHWL, RoSPA IOSH Scotland, Local Authorities and organisations linked to the Scottish Higher Performer’s Forum to help business owners and landlords to improve health and safety on their sites. The initiative, which was originally piloted in six locations across the south east of England during 2009-11, was launched on a national basis in 2012. Projects have been successfully delivered in North Lanarkshire and Aberdeen a further is planned for Autumn 2014.

Key elements of the project include:

  • visiting businesses to identify knowledge gaps
  • providing training and guidance on site
  • setting up support networks and communities to bring businesses together.

Estates Excellence is part of the HSE response to the HSE strategy document The Health and Safety of Great Britain, published in June 2009.

Scottish Occupational Road Safety Alliance

The Scottish Occupational Road Safety Alliance (ScORSA) was created to raise awareness of managing occupational road risk and to promote occupational road safety within Scotland through promoting the positive benefits of risk management.

ScORSA brings together employers, trade unions, local authorities, emergency services, safety organisations, professional and trade associations.

ScORSA's aims are to:

Scottish Occupational road safety alliance

  • Facilitate networking between businesses
  • Encourage joint working to raise awareness in organisations of the need for action on work related road safety
  • Promote the exchange of information on new initiatives and best practice
  • Establish a statement of common goals
  • Promote ScORSA and best practice at partner events
  • Contribute to the delivery of Scotland's Road Safety Framework to 2020 and the GB National Strategy beyond 2010
  • Sign up to the European Road Safety Charter
  • To provide free resources.

If you're interested in becoming a member of ScORSA, either click on the Join ScORSA button and complete the joining questionnaire or contact ScoRSA directly at:

Health Risks at Work : Do you know yours? Toolkit

A new occupational health initiative for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Scotland. SMEs cover a wide variety of sectors and sizes, from micro businesses to those with substantial workforces and a number of sites. The project was delivered through partnership activity between HSE, SCHWL, ScOS and RoSPA Scotland.

The free toolkit on common health risks and how to manage them was launched on 4 Sept 2009 in Scotland. It is based on HSE’s guidance and is largely funded by the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives. The pack consists of a DVD and booklet containing rapid reference cards containing simple guidance on how to identify and manage risks to your hearing and touch; risks to your skin; risks to your muscles, bones and joints; risks to your breathing; and risks to your well-being. The guidance also includes where to go for further help and support. It is a Scottish pilot project which will be evaluated before considering roll out to the rest of GB. The target audience is small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs.) The delivery mechanism – utilising the whole of the Scottish health and safety community – is:

  • by a workplace visit for a face-to-face demonstration of the DVD and rapid reference card booklet
  • by a H&S practitioner or professional (a "delivery champion")
  • to a decision-maker(s) in the SME (a "participating organisation")
  • at their place of work
  • the offer of on-going mentoring by a partner organisation

RoSPA Scotland HSE FOD Scotland Research

What works in Worker Involvement

This report presents the findings from open and honest discussion with a diverse range of businesses as well as detailed case studies. It offers the HSE valuable material to promote the benefits of worker involvement, which – as can be inferred from these stories – go much wider than health and safety. This complements the work HSE are currently doing to promote worker involvement through subsidised training ("Safe and Sound at Work – Do Your Bit"). Critically, it offers useful insights into how businesses that have yet to reap the rewards may go about introducing the right culture without bureaucracy or huge cost.

First Ever HSE Scotland Business Plan

HSE Scotland Business Plan

About HSE in Scotland

The Health and Safety Executive is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the UK Department for Work and Pensions.

HSE has approximately 270 staff in Scotland based in offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness. Approximately 170 are frontline inspectors, which include about 80 general and construction inspectors, as well as chemicals industry and offshore inspectors and specialists who work across the border too. Policy and administrative staff are also based in Scotland working in HSE's sectors, corporate support and Director's Office (for example, dealing with Scottish Government liaison, partnership management and official correspondence).

Working within the Scottish justice system

Health and safety law is the same across Great Britain but there is a major difference in how crime is prosecuted in Scotland. HSE inspectors report matters they have investigated and make recommendations on offences to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS), who decide whether or not to institute criminal proceedings in the public interest. In 2009 the Lord Advocate has established a specialist Health and Safety Division within the COPFS.

Health and Safety Partnership in Scotland

George Brechin, HSE Board member, was appointed to the board in April 2013 to represent the public interest. George is based in Scotland and has taken over as Chair of the Partnership on Health and Safety in Scotland (PHASS).

HSE works directly with Scottish stakeholders many of whom are independent or semi-independent of their English and Welsh equivalents and in some cases unique to Scotland. This supports HSE's strategy of working with and through others and is particularly effective in a country where networks are strong and many of us know each other personally.

The Partnership on Health and Safety in Scotland (PHASS) was formed in 2005 to capitalise on the close network of links in Scotland and in response to requests for a specifically Scottish forum on health and safety. Over the years PHASS has evolved and experimented with different formats, ranging from the traditional committee type forum to hosting interactive open events for local employers in different parts of Scotland, on particular topics. More recently PHASS member-organisations contributed, with others, to successfully deliver the first Estates Excellence project in Scotland in Bellshill and Rigshead industrial estates in North Lanarkshire.

PHASS meets on average 2-3 times a year.

Working with the devolved administration

Reserved matters, like preventing work-related accidents and ill health, and devolved matters, like employers' promoting healthy lifestyles, are closely linked; the Scottish Government therefore has the power and resources to act in many areas of HSE interest; and equally: HSE's activities impact on the Scottish Government's aims. The Scottish Government is also a major health and safety duty-holder itself, and funder of Scottish public and health services which altogether employ 1 in 4 of the working population in Scotland.

The Scottish Government has responsibility for almost all areas of private sector employment, including industry, agriculture, and construction. Most public sector bodies are also devolved (NHS, local authorities and blue light services). Work with relevant Scottish Government ministers, officials and agencies is important to HSE in developing strong stakeholder relationships and in encouraging a positive leadership role on health and safety.

HSE in Scotland responds to MSPs (and Scottish MPs) who write to us on constituency matters. Regular assistance is provided in response to requests from Scottish Government officials on Scottish Ministerial cases and Scottish Parliamentary Questions.

Michael Matheson MSP, Minister for Public Health is HSE's Ministerial contact in the Scottish Government.

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