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September 17, 2009

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Report- Partnership pilot evaluated

The HSE has completed its evaluation of the Large Organisations Partnership Pilot (LOPP) and posted a research report on the lessons learned on its website.

LOPP was a joint initiative launched in 2005 by the Executive and the Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services (LACORS) to explore how engagement with large organisations, i.e. those with more than 10,000 employees in the UK, and with multi-site operations, could be improved. It finished at the end of last year.

Among the lessons learned were that one size does not fit all – a bespoke approach to developing partnerships with large organisations is essential; there needs to be understanding on both sides of the realistic objectives and expectations of the partnership; and continuity of relationships is important in developing trust, particularly among workers.

HSE senior management is currently considering the report’s findings with a view to establishing a clear direction for further progressing its relationships with large organisations. The regulator says it remains committed to developing a range of effective partnerships under the arrangements established by LOPP in order to take forward both the leadership and worker involvement strands of the HSE’s overall strategy for health and safety in Great Britain.

The research report is available here.

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