Safety Management Programme

The HSE's National Health and Safety Function provides support in all the key delivery areas, e.g. statutory occupational safety and health training, policy, procedure and guideline development, inspection /audit and the provision of information and advice. The structure has changed the emphasis, for example:

As responsibility and accountability for maintaining a safe working environment and systems of work rests with relevant managers, as detailed in Section 80 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, the Function acts as a support service to better enable Responsible Persons to discharge their duties.

The successful management of health and safety requires a sustained and systematic approach. Management of health and safety must form part of the everyday process of running on organisation and an integral part of workplace behaviours and attitudes. While a common-sense and practical approach to managing health and safety and complying with the law is encouraged, the core elements to effectively manage health and safety are:

  • leadership
  • a trained/skilled workforce
  • an environment where people are involved

All of these elements should be underpinned by an understanding of the risks associated with the work of the HSE.  A contemporary approach, which is a variation of the HSE's current management system focuses on the areas; Plan, Do, Check, Act.

This approach identified in the HSA How to develop & implement a Safety & Health Management System will help achieve a balance between the systems and behavioural aspects of management and treats health and safety management as an integral part of good management generally, rather that as a stand-alone system.

Further information can be obtained in the following documents:

The key elements of a successful safety and health management system are:

 Key Elements of Safety & Health Management System