RoSPA Inquiry into OS&H measures and SMEs

Monday, 16th Apr '07 at 11:01
As you may already be aware, RoSPA's National Occupational Safety and Health Committee (NOSHC), which comprises representatives of key organisations in OS&H, is undertaking an Inquiry into the extent and effectiveness of a range of activities that aim to help raise the standard of health and safety in small and medium size enterprises (SMEs).

As part of the Inquiry process, NOSHC is calling for evidence on various types of assessment being used by clients and main contractors, pre-qualification schemes, insurers and brokers, training organisations, schools and other bodies to assess SME's health and safety competence. NOSHC wants to identify what is being carried out, what works and whether there is scope for improvement.Specific issues on which NOSHC is seeking information and views include:
  • Objectives of these assessments and their context;
  • The Methodologies employed;
  • The Numbers of assessments being undertaken;
  • The Competence of assessors;
  • Analysis and use of the results;
  • The Value added for the assessing organisation;
  • The Value to the SME; and
  • The Scope and options for improvement in assessment.
NOSHC will be holding a formal 'hearing' meeting on 23rd May at the NEC Hilton Metropole (from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm). The meeting will be chaired by Paul Reeve CFIOSH and it will allow members of the NOSHC to engage directly on these issues in an open question and answer format with key respondents.

We would like to invite you to attend the hearing, and participate in this important part of our inquiry.

You may already have decided to visit the NEC at this time to attend the H&S Expo (22nd to 24th May), in which case we would be glad for you to be RoSPA's guest at our 'Big Network' event (including lunch). This will be located within the Expo on the morning of the 23rd.

If you are unable to attend the hearing, we would still be delighted to receive a written submission on the above points by 21st May.

Invitations for evidence are being extended to the following:
  • Major clients
  • Main contractors
  • Insurers/brokers
  • Training providers
  • Agencies
  • Schools involved with work experience
  • HSE and Local Authorities
  • Job Centre Plus
  • Workplace Health Connect Pilots
  • Consultants and H&S training organisations
  • Investors in People
  • Workers Safety Advisers
  • The Learning and Skills Council
  • CHAS scheme
  • Commission for Social Care Inspection
  • Local Safety Groups
  • Trade Associations
  • Business Links
  • Certification Bodies
  • The Small Business Service
More information on the Inquiry can be accessed at: including a new mapping report.
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