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HSE announce new tool for SME's to assess their health and safety performance

HSE InfoLine : 20 January, 2005  (Company News)
The Health and Safety Executive today launched a new web-based tool to assist SME's track and assess how well they are managing their own health and safety performance supported by the DTI's Small Business Service.
The Health and Safety Executive today launched a new web-based tool to assist SME's track and assess how well they are managing their own health and safety performance supported by the DTI's Small Business Service.

The Health and Safety Performance Indicator can be accessed at http://www.hspi.info-exchange.com

The Indicator was developed to help SME's regularly assess their health and safety performance. Eg., from one year to the next. It is also intended to help companies tell their insurers how well they are managing health and safety so they can more accurately calculate insurance premiums based on individual performance.

Development of the 'Indicator' involved HSE working closely with key stakeholders including the Department for Work and Pensions, the Small Business Service, the Association of British Insurers, the British Insurance Brokers Association and the Federation of Small Businesses.

The development of the 'Indicator' arose in part from the Government's review of Employer's Liability Compulsory Insurance in 2003. In the report of the review Government called on HSE to develop a tool, for SME's in particular, which would enable insurers to determine levels of insurance premiums that better reflected how well those employers were managing risks to health and safety and show HSE's continued commitment in helping businesses to improve their health and safety performance.

Speaking at the time of the launch of the 'indicator' Bill Callaghan, HSC Chair said,
'The Indicator is intended to be a tool to aid health and safety, showing how well businesses are performing. People don't have to use it. But we hope it will prove useful and that is what will drive it forward, in doing so, guiding people to give health and safety proper consideration. And thereby aligning with the Commission's strategy to get risks properly managed and giving rise to a culture of risk prevention that is to the benefit of all, including SME's. The HSC have made clear their belief that insurance premia need to better reflect how effectively employers are managing risks to health and safety. Good performers should not have to bear the burden created by poor performers. We believe that the 'indicator' has the potential to assist this goal.'

Peter Staddon, Head of Technical Services at the British Insurance Brokers Association has said:
'BIBA is encouraged to see the hard work of the HSE coming to a head for the SME sector. The index should serve as a good platform for individual SME's to be judged on their own merits.'

Jonathan Hollow, Portal Editor for www.businesslink.gov.uk said
'We are pleased to have been involved with HSE and DWP in the development of this key Health and Safety tool for SMEs. The tool addresses issues that can cost businesses dearly if they fail to address them, and we believe it will be of great value to small businesses in improving their Health and Safety, benchmarking their performance against other small businesses and eventually helping to reduce their insurance premiums.'

HSE is also currently developing a Corporate Health and Safety Performance Indicator for use by large organisations. Similar to the 'indicator', the aim of CHaSPI is to assist large organisations measure how effectively they are managing risks to health and safety and to put that information in a form that can inform key external stakeholders including investors, insurers, trade unions and their members and the public. Also like the 'indicator', CHaSPI is being developed as an electronic tool and will be accessible via the web from May 2005.
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