IOSH publishes guidance on creating health and safety rules

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Guidance to help employers make their health and safety rules and procedures more relevant to the work they do and the staff they protect has been published by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

The guidance, Management of safety rules and procedures, has been developed by consultancy Health and Safety Technology Management (Hastam) UK, based in Birmingham, and the University of Ballarat in Australia.

It is aimed at senior occupational safety and health professionals and outlines nine steps to consider in good rule management, as well as including examples of what good practice should look like. It looks at safety and health rules from two perspectives: top-down, where managers and supervisors make rules; and bottom-up, where rules are seen as dynamic and built from experience in the workplace.

Andrew Hale, an emeritus professor from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and chairman of Hastam, who co-led the project, said: “It is about providing a framework for managing health and safety.”

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