Scotland

Commitments

To provide effective systems for decontamination and clean-up following chemical or biological incidents, to protect the workers involved and subsequent occupiers.

Themes

  • Managing Risk Well

Activity

Commissioned HSL to validate a lightweight decontamination system (LDS); a fully protective suit, military-grade respiratory protection and a backpack spray system worn by the operator and used for targeted
biological and/or chemical decontamination, eg by fire and rescue services.

Timing

Scott Safety required urgent and timely microbiological validation data and visual (marketing) information from HSL’s AIS team, to meet an international product launch target in spring
2016. These needs were fully met.

Impact

The work at HSL demonstrated that the LDS equipment could be used effectively to eliminate a range of microbiological challenges, including potentially harmful pathogens.

Update

Ongoing.

Commitments

Improve worker engagement in health and safety in the offshore oil and gas sector.

Themes

  • Acting Together
  • Managing Risk Well

Activity

Build on the work of HSE Energy Division’s Lead on Workforce engagement and the tripartite industry group Step Change in Safety to promote and measure worker engagement on health and safety.

Timing

2 years.

Impact

Establishing a range of indicators for worker engagement in offshore health and safety to monitor and account for improvement.

Update

Joint meetings have been held between PHASS, HSE and Step Change to develop a set of indicators for each component part of the offshore health and safety system.
The viability of collecting information to support these indicators is now being considered.
The intention to ask all parts of the system to measure how they contribute to worker engagement has been welcomed by the Step Change WEST group in particular – as demonstrating commitment to implementation of existing legislation and to making genuine improvements.

Commitments

Increase the use of the ‘Health Risks at Work’ toolkit.

Themes

  • Supporting Small Employers

Activity

Continuing development of the Health Risks at Work toolkit for SMEs that raises awareness of occupational diseases and how to prevent them, using simple language.
Development of a free online tool hosted by Healthy Working Lives to increase reach beyond the take-up of the original DVD version, first produced in Scotland.

Timing

12 months

Impact

Increased awareness among SMEs of the cause of work-related ill health and disease and the need to control risks.

Update

SCOS and SGUK have provided Health Risks at Work DVDs, memory sticks and booklets to over 800 potential users through various exhibitions around the UK.
In addition, SCOS has delivered presentations using the toolkit to some 300 employees of contracting companies working in Scotland.
Increasing the take up and use of the Health Risks at Work pack continues to be a focus for SCOS and SGUK.
HSE provided copies of the DVD version to Glasgow Caledonian University School of Engineering and Built Environment as a useful introductory tool on health risks for students.

Commitments

Develop a national occupational health and safety advisor network for SMEs in Scotland.

Themes

  • Acting Together
  • Managing Risk Well
  • Supporting Small Employers

Activity

Developing a model of occupational health support advice to SMEs that is free at the point of delivery utilizing voluntary resources within Scotland’s health and safety community.
The advice offered will be competent, proportionate and based on an initial workplace visit delivered to a consistent standard, quality-assured by Healthy Working Lives and IOSH.

Timing

2-year pilot.

Impact

Improved access to proportionate occupational health support for SMEs who lack resources or know-how to fulfil their statutory duty to obtain competent advice.

Update

The evidence base and comprehensive model for delivery of quality-assured advice triaged via the Healthy Working Lives adviceline has been developed.
Alternative sources of competent voluntary advisers are now being explored after a funding bid for fee paid advisers was declined.
The preparatory work is extremely thoroughly researched and serves as robust reference material for this and other projects under the PHASS Scottish Plan for Action on Safety and Health.
The work is also relevant to HSE’s aim to reduce ‘blue tape’ on business.

Commitments

Improve organisational management of work- related stress prevention in NHS Scotland.

Themes

  • Acting Together
  • Tackling Ill Health

Activity

Reviewing the current management approach to preventing work-related stress and improving mental health in the context of Scotland’s ‘Health Promoting Health Service’ and NHS Scotland’s workforce policies.
Working with one NHS Board in Scotland to pilot improvements and inform adjustments to the HSE Stress Management Standards for the healthcare sector.

Timing

2-3 years.

Impact

Reduction in absence due to stress and improved staff attitudes measured by NHS Scotland performance indicators – promoting wider take-up of a systematic approach to stress prevention across the sector.

Update

A pilot project is implementing the current HSE management approach to preventing work-related stress and improving mental health in the context of Scotland’s ‘Health Promoting Health Service’ and NHS Scotland’s workforce policies.
It will pilot improvements and inform adjustments to the HSE Stress Management Standards for the healthcare sector as a whole.
The pilot is being overseen by a steering group composed of representatives of management, Trades Unions, health and safety and occupational health professionals and the medical and allied professions.
The pilot is anticipated to take 2 years to conclude and is now approximately 9 months in.

Commitments

  • NHS Scotland Healthy Working Lives (HWL) Gold Award attainment.
  • NHS Scotland HWL Silver Award.
  • Scotland’s Best Employers for Health and Wellbeing 2016.

Themes

  • Acting Together
  • Keeping Pace With Change
  • Sharing Our Success
  • Supporting Small Employers

Activity

Driving forward HWL with colleagues, relaunching our website ‘You Matter’ where we provide advice for our supply chain and colleagues and ‘Be Fair’ CITB at Bronze Award status, countersigned by senior directors.
Barr Environmental Ltd are developing a competency assessment tool, tailored to launch and engage with our employees.

Timing

Ongoing and monitoring for the last 4 years.

Impact

Continuing to work well with all our employees, supply chain, clients and members of the public to raise awareness in line with the HSE strategy and our own.

Update

Ongoing.

Commitments

To control the risk of large fires during the construction phase of timber-framed buildings.

Themes

  • Acting Together
  • Managing Risk Well
  • Keeping Pace With Change
  • Supporting Small Employers

Activity

Created and tested practical measures to control fire risk and produced guidance, in collaboration with HSE, on when and how these should be used. Made guidance freely available to all interested parties, whether or not they are members of the Structural Timber Association.

Timing

Ongoing and reviewed annually.

Impact

    • Increased awareness of fire safety
    • A reduction in the number of serious fires
    • Clear indication of ‘reasonably practicable’ risk reduction, giving a standard for dutyholders and for HSE
    • enforcement decisions.

Update

Ongoing.

Commitments

To improve human factors knowledge and understanding within the offshore oil and gas industry significantly.

Themes

  • Acting Together
  • Managing Risk Well
  • Keeping Pace With Change

Activity

Using the Step Change in Safety online self- assessment human factors tool to assess strengths and weaknesses in the human factors arena. This develops the industry’s knowledge and understanding of human factors to influence engagement and provide sustainability.

Timing

Ongoing and reviewed annually.

Impact

The need to improve the knowledge and understanding of human factors by all sectors in oil and gas and to ensure human factor-related risk is properly managed and controlled.

Update

Ongoing.

Commitments

Improve worker engagement in health and safety in the offshore oil and gas sector.

Themes

  • Acting Together
  • Managing Risk Well

Activity

Build on the work of HSE Energy Division’s Lead on Workforce engagement and the tripartite industry group Step Change in Safety to promote and measure worker engagement on health and safety.

Timing

2 years.

Impact

Establishing a range of indicators for worker engagement in offshore health and safety to monitor and account for improvement.

Update

Joint meetings have been held between PHASS, HSE and Step Change to develop a set of indicators for each component part of the offshore health and safety system.
The viability of collecting information to support these indicators is now being considered.
The intention to ask all parts of the system to measure how they contribute to worker engagement has been welcomed by the Step Change WEST group in particular – as demonstrating commitment to implementation of existing legislation and to making genuine improvements.

Commitments

Provision of guidelines to address the gap created by a rapidly expanding field of research with infected or genetically modified insects.

Themes

  • Managing Risk Well
  • Keeping Pace With Change

Activity

Work with stakeholders to develop guidelines for safe working with insects known to be vectors of human and animal disease (eg Zika virus, malaria, dengue fever virus); and guidelines on containment of genetically engineered insects (with potential for environmental impact).

Timing

To be published in mid-2017.

Impact

This guidance will meet the needs of users and ensure the type of work is managed safely, while facilitating the delivery of research of national and international importance.

Update

2016/17 Workshop held, guidance drafted and consultation held (including presentation to ACDP).
April 2017 Guidance launched at the Pirbright Institute.
Next steps:

  • Appendices on work with ticks and mites and example risk assessments
  • Impact formalised and shared good practice ensures common approach to containment and control
  • HSE can use as evidence of good practice when carrying out inspections

Commitments

Reduce risks of operator error and deviations from procedures.

Themes

  • Acting Together
  • Managing Risk Well

Activity

Identification and recording of safety- critical tasks carried out on major accident hazard plant to review and clarify operating procedures.
Consultation with staff and improved procedures will support personnel and reduce risks of human error. Subsequent human failure analysis of these tasks will further improve their risk assessment.

Timing

Task identification and consultation will last 6 months.
Verification or modification of procedures will take 2 years after the identification stage.
The human failure analysis should largely be completed as the procedures are updated.

Impact

The risks of human failure should be reduced by supporting personnel through clear, unambiguous procedures.

Update

Ongoing.

Commitments

Improved training and understanding of the offshore safety representative role and functions.

Themes

  • Acting Together
  • Keeping Pace With Change
  • Managing Risk Well
  • Sharing Our Success
  • Tackling Ill Health

Activity

New 4-staged approach to safety rep training. Working with safety representatives, OPITO, industry and training providers:

  • introduction to the safety representative role ‘what good looks like for safety representatives’ information to workers, supervisors, OIMs and dutyholders/ employers;
  • OPITO training;
  • delivering functions and logbook;
  • further development and sharing experiences with new representatives.

Timing

Ongoing, completed by Q1 2017.

Impact

Information for prospective safety reps and their constituents, supervisors and employers. Updating the OPITO training standard to deliver active and supported safety reps with ongoing and on-site involvement and development.

Update

Ongoing.

Commitments

Common toolbox talk format and related materials for use across UKCS operations.

Themes

  • Acting Together
  • Keeping Pace With Change
  • Managing Risk Well
  • Sharing Our Success
  • Supporting Small Employers

Activity

Develop and implement a single toolbox talk and dynamic risk assessment tool and common observation card, for use across all UKCS operations. This will allow all operators and contractors across all installations to work to a common format, reducing unnecessary duplication, confusion and risk.

Timing

Roll-out during 2017.

Impact

Better understanding and more effective toolbox talks and universally recognised observation card (stop- card) system by using common process and language.
Safer and more efficient operations.

Update

Ongoing.