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Major hazard industries - improving leadership to reduce risk

HSE InfoLine : 04 November, 2004  (Company News)
The Health and Safety Executive today published new guidance designed to help directors and senior managers in major hazard industries to improve the effectiveness of their leadership. Leadership for the major hazard industries also aims to encourage senior managers to reflect on their current approach and challenge them to continuously improve health and safety performance in their companies.
The Health and Safety Executive today published new guidance designed to help directors and senior managers in major hazard industries to improve the effectiveness of their leadership. Leadership for the major hazard industries also aims to encourage senior managers to reflect on their current approach and challenge them to continuously improve health and safety performance in their companies.

In recent years several inquiries have concluded that failures at managerial levels were at least as significant as technical failures and human error in causing accidents in major hazard industries. Such industries include nuclear, offshore oil and gas, mining, chemicals and rail. Subsequently HSE has been working in consultation with these industries, to develop appropriate guidance.

Chris Willby, Head of HSE's Hazardous Installations Directorate said:
'Senior management commitment and involvement are vital for successful health and safety performance. This booklet is intended as a guide for senior managers in the major hazard industries to help them achieve the continuous improvement in health and safety which should be a key objective of every organisation. The checklist format gives useful prompts in terms of some of the behaviours required to successfully lead for health and safety.'

HSE consulted widely within the major hazard industries during the production of this booklet and received a favourable response. Examples of some of the comments received are:

'…..I have reviewed the subject guidance from HSE. I think it is an excellent tool which can be used by any senior manager to remind them of the role they play in ensuring strong safety performance.'
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'…..I have shared the draft revision of the leaflet with my senior managers and directors …. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, fully endorsing the enshrined principles. Our senior managers have already stated that, as the document coincides with our health and safety principles, they would like to adopt it as a corporate directive.'

'….Appreciate the emphasis on this issue, long overdue in my opinion…..'

The guidance builds on the conclusions in the Turnbull Report on corporate governance, which supports HSE's view of the importance of leadership in effective health and safety management. Turnbull emphasises that it makes sound business sense to manage risks effectively, including health and safety risks.

Leadership for the major hazard industries (HSE reference INDG277) has been produced in a handy A6 format. It is available free from HSE Books, or can be downloaded from http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg277.pdf
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