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:
- 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: