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CCA/TUC Conference21 st November 2001 Greenstreet Berman Ltd Inspection, Investigation & Enforcement Sara Marsden Greenstreet Berman Ltd

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2 CCA/TUC Conference21 st November 2001 Greenstreet Berman Ltd Inspection, Investigation & Enforcement Sara Marsden Greenstreet Berman Ltd

3 CCA/TUC Conference21 st November 2001 Greenstreet Berman Ltd Outline of talk Organising inspectors’ work Workplace as a community Consultation Role of the worker representative Possible outcomes of visits Some other issues/points of contention

4 CCA/TUC Conference21 st November 2001 Greenstreet Berman Ltd HSE/LA roles Protection of workers & public H&S advice & prevention Visible enforcement - criminal law Justice for victims Complaints investigations & handling

5 CCA/TUC Conference21 st November 2001 Greenstreet Berman Ltd Inspection allocation HSE - Local Authority divide HSE planning –Field  HQ discussion Targets - national/local –Inspections according to risk rating –% incidents –% complaints –numbers enforcement actions

6 CCA/TUC Conference21 st November 2001 Greenstreet Berman Ltd Organising inspection HSE field organisation –regional sectors –sector groups, HID Principal Inspector roles –manage sector/HID inspectors –input into planning –delivery of group targets –selection of incidents

7 CCA/TUC Conference21 st November 2001 Greenstreet Berman Ltd Selection for inspection Planned preventive inspection –based on rating system –inspector rates at visit Project work –priority industries –priority issues

8 CCA/TUC Conference21 st November 2001 Greenstreet Berman Ltd Announcing the visit Motivation of possibility of an unannounced visit Stakeholder interests (workforce, public) Some announced visits are useful/necessary Charging & inspection plans? Guidelines?

9 CCA/TUC Conference21 st November 2001 Greenstreet Berman Ltd Workplace community Amongst other things Achieving aims depends on - –Group dynamics, power relations –Organisational characteristics Employer/Employee relationship –needn’t be a problem! –affects communications Inspector Awareness?

10 CCA/TUC Conference21 st November 2001 Greenstreet Berman Ltd Why should it matter to HSE? Effective health and safety management depends on - –how the organisation ticks –active participation of the workforce –effective consultation Consultation is a legal requirement Effect of visit

11 CCA/TUC Conference21 st November 2001 Greenstreet Berman Ltd Effective consultation Worker voice –TU safety reps –employee representatives Empowered reps –training –security –time for health and safety

12 CCA/TUC Conference21 st November 2001 Greenstreet Berman Ltd Inspecting consultation - 1 Assessing consultation Standards for consultation? Safety rep rights History of complaints/UINs Competence of managers Tools include - Contact with safety reps

13 CCA/TUC Conference21 st November 2001 Greenstreet Berman Ltd Inspecting consultation - 2 Influencing consultation Visible meetings with worker reps –individual/H&S committee meetings –informal phone advice –can have long term effect Employer advice & enforcement –too hands off? –care needed

14 CCA/TUC Conference21 st November 2001 Greenstreet Berman Ltd Inspecting consultation - 3 Inspector awareness/training acceptable consultation standards understanding and influencing organisations role & structure of trade unions industrial relations

15 CCA/TUC Conference21 st November 2001 Greenstreet Berman Ltd Selection for investigation Accidents/incidents priorities incl: fatalities serious injury, ill health, DOs potentially serious events public concern, vulnerable groups etc serious breaches of law risk, justice and fairness

16 CCA/TUC Conference21 st November 2001 Greenstreet Berman Ltd Reps and investigation Questions of custom and practice Previous workforce complaints Identifying witnesses View on consultation Reassurance of witnesses Communication with workforce

17 CCA/TUC Conference21 st November 2001 Greenstreet Berman Ltd Possible outcomes advice, letter enforcement notice –e.g. improvement notice, prohibition notice formal evidence collection proposed prosecution report prosecution Resources?

18 CCA/TUC Conference21 st November 2001 Greenstreet Berman Ltd Investigating/inspecting directors Section 37 –part of theoretical training –little guidance –patchy understanding/proactive work Increasingly meet MDs & CEOs –during inspection –PACE act interviews

19 CCA/TUC Conference21 st November 2001 Greenstreet Berman Ltd Conservatism in enforcement? Improvement Notice Strive for perfection! Evidence almost as good as a prosecution Burden of tribunal administration Where does this leave those at risk?

20 CCA/TUC Conference21 st November 2001 Greenstreet Berman Ltd In summary... Workplace as community matters to health and safety management influence performance Consultation recognised standards & enforcement inspector training? Other issues announcing visits; s37 guidance; INs: protecting h&s -v- evidence of crime


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