Set up a health and safety management system

Using health and safety management systems

Management systems generally follow a 'plan-do-check-act' model:

  • Plan - identify the key legal requirements and establish your overall policy. See key health and safety management legal obligations.
  • Do - decide what procedures you need and implement them.
  • Check - set targets and objectives, and assess whether you are achieving them. See control and review your management systems.
  • Act - take steps to continually improve the system. For example, you might want to update procedures if you introduce new equipment or processes.¬†You may decide to provide better training if you have problems in a particular area.

In the short term, introducing a new management system involves extra work and costs time and money. Employees may find it difficult to see what's in it for them, and resist the changes involved. Top-level management commitment is key. Effective communication with employees is also a vital part of making it happen.