Published on March 13, 2009
HSE and occupational hygiene : an independent view HSE Occupational Hygiene Conference 2005 3rd November 2005 Andy Gillies MD, Gillies Associates Limited Nov. 2005 Gillies Associates Limited
Content • The importance of occupational hygiene • HSE‟s leadership position • How is HSE perceived? • Partnerships – with whom? • Some key issues • Thoughts for the future Nov. 2005 Gillies Associates Limited
Occupational hygiene ANTICIPATION RECOGNITION EVALUATION CONTROL Nov. 2005 Gillies Associates Limited
The Occupational Hygienist skills set • Anticipation and prevention of exposure • Quantifying exposures, understanding how and why exposure arises • Practical control measures • Risk communication A fusion of „individual‟, „technology/workplace‟ and „management‟ approaches Nov. 2005 Gillies Associates Limited
HSE‟s leadership in occupational hygiene • Renewed focus on occupational health • Largest group of occupational hygienists in the UK • Sponsored research • Authoritative guidance • Participation in BOHS • Promotion of competence • Enforcement role • Political influence • Independent of business and workers Nov. 2005 Gillies Associates Limited
HSE and occupational hygiene: how does industry see it? “depends on the Inspector” “threat of a visit is enough” “Expect to see them if things go wrong” “lower risk items “confusing” overlooked” “no clear priorities” “HSE is providing a service” “I‟d ask someone else first” “massive amount “competent and knowledgeable” of legislation” “bogeyman” “over „wordy‟ and legalistic” Nov. 2005 Gillies Associates Limited
Partnerships for OH • Employees (TUC, Unions, direct) • Employers (CBI, SBS, Chambers of Commerce) • Professional bodies (BOHS, POOSH) • Research/academia • Other Regulators (EA, Avoid “turf wars” LA, EU partners) • “Joe Public” (media) Nov. 2005 Gillies Associates Limited
Some key issues • Key challenges in occupational hygiene – Emerging issues (e.g. nanotechnology, air pollution, biotechnology/genetic engineering) – Disease Reduction Programme – Working with SME‟s • OH and Sustainability – „Securing the future‟ – have we missed the boat? – Tie-in with the Health agenda – Product Stewardship and REACH Nov. 2005 Gillies Associates Limited
Some key issues (cont.) • Raising the profile of OH – The business case - added value – Sticks and Carrots – OH still in the shadow of Safety • Good Control Practice – Principles of GCP – Barriers to implementation – „Real world‟ solutions Nov. 2005 Gillies Associates Limited
Why good practice is not universal: barriers to implementation No fear of P.P.E. Conflict with enforcement other priorities “quick & cheap” “N.I.M.T.O.” false re-assurance “will it work?” Money Lack of knowledge Strapped for of control options cash No business case “we‟ve never had Unseen chronic an accident” health effects Nov. 2005 Gillies Associates Limited
Thoughts for the future • New challenges in occupational health • Need to retain focus on lower risk issues as well • HSE interface with Public Health • Occupational Health and Sustainability • Good Control Practice is a key area “The key challenge is not the lack of desire to act, but rather the lack of understanding and tools with which to act” Nov. 2005 Gillies Associates Limited
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