Health and Safety Concepts – Proactive Health and Safety

Proactive Health and Safety – what do we mean? With respect to health and safety, are you Proactive or are you Reactive? Do you wait for things to happen and then respond? Is so, you are reactive. Most of us do a mixture of the two. We react to certain things and we try to stop others from happening (by being proactive). In the field of health and safety, reporting an accident would be reactive, as would providing first aid and investigating an accident. In this sense, we are reacting to something that has gone wrong. No business wants to be well rehearsed in dealing with (health and safety) failings or in giving refunds for poor quality service or products.

What do we mean by Proactive Health and Safety?

So what is proactive? Well, carrying out a risk assessment is proactive. After all, we are trying to work out what can go wrong and take steps to stop it happening. In this context, proactive is better than reactive. So what sort of things are proactive? Here is a list to get you thinking: Continue reading

COMAH 2015 Rules and Regulations

COMAH 2015 – The Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 2015 came into effect on 1 June 2015 and a new guidance document (L111, Third edition) was also produced. The COMAH Regulations 1999 have been revoked.

The guidance is for anyone who has duties under the COMAH Regulations 2015, particularly operators of establishments. It is also for local authorities and emergency planners. The aim of the Regulations is to prevent and mitigate the effects on people and the environment of major accidents involving dangerous substances. This guidance on the COMAH Regulations 2015 gives advice on the scope of the Regulations and the duties imposed by them.

What has changed?
Although many duties will be familiar from the 1999 Regulations, the 2015 Regulations contain some new or changed duties including: Continue reading