HEALTH & SAFETY CASE STUDY

Learning4Leaders was called into a manufacturing company, following a visit from a HSE Inspector, as a consequence of a reportable accident at the factory.

A thorough audit of the safety policy and procedures was undertaken to ensure that the company was actually following these and to identify any omissions in statutory compliance. It was apparent that the company only had a basic knowledge of their Health and Safety responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HASAW) and did not have a dedicated resource.

Learning4Leaders implemented the following actions:

Analysed the safety culture within the company;

Conducted a factory wide safety inspection to identify: high, medium and low priority safety concerns which would form part of an improvement plan;

Gained commitment from the Directors for a dedicated safety budget;

Established a robust safety strategy identifying where responsibilities and individual accountabilities laid (including KPIs);

Implemented a statutory compliance inspection regime (LOLER, PSSR, PUWER etc);

Introduced a ‘Control of Contractors Procedure’ including permit to work;

Trained all members of staff from Director to Operator level in:

  1. Employer and employee responsibility under HASAW,
  2. Writing risk assessments,
  3. Near miss reporting,
  4. Thorough investigation of accidents with advice on how to implement corrective actions,
  5. Machine/job task training.

Introduced a safety committee with regular meetings to discuss safety concerns;

Set expected standards for all areas of the factory;

Established an audit program to maintain standards.

All members of staff are now fully engaged in reducing the amount of both accidents and ‘lost time’ accidents and are using the tools, techniques and training provided by Learning4leaders.
As a direct consequence of these actions, the management were extremely impressed by the thorough, and meticulous manner in which the audit was undertaken and the subsequent actions introduced. The staff, despite early reservations, are now committed to improving H&S performance, recognising that this of benefit to: themselves, their business (job security/personal safety) and their clients/consumers.