This report presents the findings of an assignment conducted to provide an expert evidence based review and assessment of the Safety Management System that the organisation of Londis Supermarkets use.
Every organisation has a duty to manage health and safety for legal, financial and moral reasons. The primary legal restraints arise out of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Applications) Regulations 2007 (S.I No. 299 of 2007) .The Company adheres to the legislative goals by employing a competent Safety Manager to conduct all its health and safety business. The company follows these obligations by:
a) Developing and implementing a Health and Safety Policy;
b) Monitoring and auditing the performance.
The statutory responsibility rests with the owner of the shop Mr. Louis John Flanagan as the employer.
The main guidance that was used was the UK based Health and Safety Executives Safety Management SMS HSG65. This guide breaks each area of the management system into an easy to follow guide. I referenced back any local legislation to Irish Health and Safety Law and also noted some 160 codes of practice. The findings were then compared to what the minimum standards are expected by the regulator.
To summarise the findings, during the inspection and looking at the current level of safety that is in place, I found the company to be approximately 85% compliant. Most issues arose from lack of training of staff. On a cost based scenario, it would not cost the company an excessive amount of money to put the critical points of the Action Plan into place and then over time gradually conduct further training of staff.
Overall the safety system that is in place is sufficient and highly effective and for the size of the organisation, I do not think it would be financially rewarding to put in a new system such as OHSAS 18001.
AIMS & OBJECTIVES
* to improve the overall Health and Safety Management System and to... [continues]
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