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March 7, 2011

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HSE backs online H&S performance monitoring tool

Manufacturers’ organisation EEF has created an online tool to help company directors manage health and safety more effectively.
 
The free tool is called ‘the scorecard’ and it has been created to help businesses set and monitor key health and safety performance indicators. The scorecard identifies a mix of measures that reflect a company’s past performance, and how prepared it is to manage risks and comply with legislation in the future. Straightforward traffic-light reporting then enables directors to focus their attention where it is most needed across their business.
 
EEF head of health and safety policy, Steve Pointer, explained that the tool is aimed at all organisations, and not just manufacturing companies. It features step-by-step guidance, worked examples and benchmark statistics, as well as a pro forma report that businesses can download and use.
 
“There is increasing evidence that hard-pressed directors need more help with setting meaningful targets and then monitoring them. This means having the right information presented in a rapidly digestible format, which will help them make strategic decisions,” said Pointer. “The scorecard does exactly that and will provide a valuable tool for companies and organisations of all sizes and across all business sectors.”
 
HSE chief executive, Geoffrey Podger, gave the scorecard his backing. He said: “Getting health and safety right in the work place starts with a commitment from those at the top. This tool assists senior management to do it in a straightforward, practical way, helping them set a range of meaningful targets on the key risks the organisation faces, and allowing progress to be measured and reviewed.
 
“Strong leadership helps the whole organisation maintain a focus on the real health and safety issues, rather then those that are trivial. Explicit, workable targets can also help staff see the important role they play in contributing to a safe workplace.”
 
To access the tool, visit www.eef.org.uk/scorecard

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