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Partnership with large organisations the way forward

HSE InfoLine : 04 October, 2005  (Company News)
The Health and Safety Executive and the Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services jointly launched the Large Organisation Partnership Pilot today. The pilot will focus on developing closer partnerships to improve health and safety.
Acting Chief Executive of HSE, Justin McCracken, speaking at the launch said, 'This pilot is about customer-focussed and coordinated activities, aimed at finding the most effective approaches to partnership working with the aim of securing improvements in health and safety.'

LOPP has three main objectives:

to present a more coherent customer-focussed face to large organisations, including managing a consistent and coordinated approach to inspection of multi-site organisations;
to secure improvements in health and safety outcomes in the organisations and to use their influence more widely, for example, as exemplars of good practice or with the supply chain; and
at a later stage, to begin preliminary discussions exploring whether the organisations are interested in some kind of formal recognition of good health and safety performance and, if so, how this might be achieved. This will feed into a separate work stream looking more widely at this issue.
17 companies, both LA and HSE enforced, are being invited to join the pilot. Between them, the selected companies employ around 1 million people. Already on board are Asda, Astrazeneca, BAE Systems, Greggs, and Tesco.

LOPP will enable both HSE and the local authorities to engage more effectively with the momentum of large organisations in the private sector, to help achieve better health and safety outcomes. The people best placed to make workplaces safer from harm are the staff and managers who work in them. LOPP aims to establish a truly reciprocal relationship between the regulators and the regulated.

Steve Edwards, Director of Operational Standards for Trading Law and Technical for Tesco has offered his support for LOPP, 'We naturally take health and safety very seriously and see this as a good opportunity to explore how we can work with the HSE and local authorities on a collaborative basis to find ways of further improving standards in our industry.'

Also attending the launch, were Mark Du Val, Assistant Director of LACoRS, Bud Hudspith of Amicus and Geraint Day of the Institute of Directors.

Mark Du Val commented, 'The pilot will deliver significant benefits both to the organisations involved and to the local authorities and HSE as regulators'.

Bud Hudspith said, 'I welcome this approach to improve partnership working, I believe it will produce real benefits for health and safety in the workplace. I am especially keen to see a strong element of worker involvement, and particularly the involvement of trade union safety reps'.

Geraint Day also welcomed the pilot, 'The customer-focused approach will make for more effective engagement between the regulators and the regulated, and should help to secure improved health and safety outcomes'.
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