Updated version of the workplace health and safety standards now available


26 / 7 / 2013 8.40am

The workplace health and safety standards aim to help organisations comply with health and safety law by pulling together legal requirements and good practice. They provide practical pointers and signposts for meeting appropriate standards in key areas of workplace health and safety. 

This revised document includes updated chapters on health and safety management systems to reflect HSE’s Plan, Do, Check Act process; lone working and an updated chapter on sharps injuries reflecting the new health and safety (sharps instruments in healthcare) regulations 2013, as well as updated links and signposts to all relevant information. 

The standards are aimed at directors, managers with health and safety responsibilities, health and safety professionals and trade union safety representatives. Local partnership working between managers and trade union safety representatives is key to effective implementation of the workplace standards.

Why use the standards document?

NHS staff are its most important resource. No one should be made ill by work.  The health, safety and welfare of staff directly contributes to organisational success as workplace injuries and poor workforce health has a high cost.  The standards provide a checklist which if fully implemented, will help NHS organisations meet their legal duties and may also support the requirements of the Care Quality Commission and Monitor.

The moral and legal case for effective occupational health, safety and wellbeing in NHS organisations has been well made over a number of years.  This is recognised within the NHS Constitution, which states that staff have a right to work within a healthy and safe workplace and an environment in which the employer has taken all practical steps to ensure the workplace is free from verbal or physical violence from patients, the public or staff.

About the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Partnership Group (HSWPG). 

The Health, Safety and Wellbeing Partnership Group (HSWPG) is a sub group of the NHS Staff Council and consists of management representatives from NHS organisations and staff side representatives from the major healthcare associated trade unions. The Health and Safety Executive and NHS Protect are advisory members of the group.  By working in partnership, the group produces guidance to promote health, safety and wellbeing within the NHS workforce. More information about the group is available from our keeping you well web pages.

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