Most companies have a policy commitment to comply with all health and safety regulations.
Some talk about it being the minimum they will accept, others talk about beyond compliance and the pursuit of excellence. Whichever is the case, it’s logical to suppose that at some point all companies are going to have to carry out an assessment of their legal compliance.
A client paid a nationwide health and safety consultancy – one of the big boys, virtually a household name in safety terms – a considerable amount of money for a regulatory gap analysis. The auditors used no questionnaire or prompt sheet and the report they submitted was deeply unsatisfactory.
Subsequently I worked with the client to develop a list of applicable legal requirements and then assisted the client’s own employees, mainly supervisors and trades union safety representatives, to carry out the assessment. Ultimately each department possessed a comprehensive state of the nation report containing a body of evidence – including records and photographs – outlining clearly their current regulatory status.
It’s not the sort of thing you do every day but it’s a fantastic exercise for raising awareness, engaging with employees and providing a springboard for future development.