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Bell N.,UK Health and Safety Laboratory | Lunt J.,UK Health and Safety Laboratory | Webster J.,UK Health and Safety Laboratory | Ward T.,HSE - Health and Safety Executive
International Journal of Workplace Health Management | Year: 2015

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to investigate the dimensions that distinguish high from low performing manufacturing companies in Great Britain with respect to controlling noise. The findings should assist regulators and industry to develop interventions that help organisations to effectively manage noise, particularly amongst the low performers. Design/methodology/approach - The research uses quantitative and qualitative methods. Survey data was obtained from 215 manufacturers and supplemented with 15 qualitative interviews to assess performance and individual, social, environmental and organisational influences on duty holders' decision making for controlling noise. Findings - Relative to low performers, decision makers from high performing companies had: greater in-depth knowledge of noise risks and controls; taken steps to promote positive health and safety attitudes and values; were large companies; and faced fewer resource barriers (time, costs, staffing). Managers in small, low performing companies sought simple interventions with a practical focus. Research limitations/implications - The differences reported between high and low performing companies showed a small magnitude of effect but these are considered significant in a health and safety context. Practical implications - Improvements in training and education, and addressing workplace health and safety culture, are recommended as offering most potential to raise the standard of noise control. Originality/value - To the authors' knowledge, this is the first study to systematically assess the specific knowledge, attitudes, values and beliefs that employers hold about noise and the influence of social, environmental and organisational factors on manager's decisions about noise controls. © Bell, Lunt, Webster & Ward. Published by Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Chambers C.,UK Health and Safety Laboratory | Harte H.,HSE - Health and Safety Executive
Institution of Chemical Engineers Symposium Series | Year: 2015

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) instigated their Key Programme 4 (KP4) to look into the problem of Ageing and Life Extension (ALE) of the United Kingdom Continental shelf (UKCS) oil and gas infrastructure in hostile environments such as the North Sea. Two key findings of the KP4 programme were that: Better use could be made of data trending to support ALE decision making; UKCS Oil & Gas sector had not identified leading (Key Performance Indicators) KPIs suitable to support ALE decision making. As part of the KP4 programme, the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) looked at the apparent lack of data trending performed in the UKCS oil and gas industry, in particular, trending used to support ALE. HSL discussed data trending issues with HSE offshore specialist inspectors who undertook KP4 work, oil and gas engineers and oil and gas specialist contractors involved with data trending. HSL identified issues associated with the collection, storage and management of data that could impede the implementation of data trending in the UKCS oil and gas industry. The available data covered a range of factors such as equipment performance, maintenance and production factors. Industry uses KPIs as a metric for the measurement of key factors such as maintenance, performance and equipment reliability. KPIs that indicate the current condition of equipment and systems can be said to be lagging indicators with regard to ALE. ALE is focused on the future condition of equipment and systems, and the trending of lagging KPIs enables the future condition of the asset to be estimated. Therefore, trending can be said to convert lagging KPIs into leading KPIs and it is these leading KPIs that can directly support ALE decision making. This paper presents and discusses the key findings of HSL's work, such as issues surrounding data collection, management and use of data, and how such factors can affect the uptake of data trending. It suggests a number of KPIs that can be trended to support ALE, and presents two examples of trending KPIs. It also discusses potential problems with analysis methods, suggesting that while basic trending of performance measures such as equipment breakdown frequency can be trended by engineers, there are pitfalls associated with trending that need to be understood. It is concluded that sufficient data exist that can be trended to support ALE decision making and that a better understanding of data trending requirements can help the industry take full advantage of the resultant benefits. © 2015 Amec Foster Wheeler.

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Health and safety at work - Vital Statistics 2015 poster Date of publication: 2015 ISBN: 9780717666515 Price: 7.50 HSE publishes annual statistics on health and safety in Great Britain, including: work-related ill health and disease workplace injury enforcement of health and safety legislation working days lost as a result of health and safety incidents To tie in with the 2015 release, this new poster visualises the key statistics in an infographic style, allowing health and safety professionals to easily educate their workforce about the consequences of poor health and safety

News Article | August 16, 2015
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