HSE Guide – Managing for Health and Safety (HSG65)  

HSE Guide – Managing for Health and Safety (HSG65)  
To: All Branches 
Dear Colleagues, 
First published in 1991, this is the third edition and 14 re-prints of the HSE’s over-arching guide on the essential philosophy of good health and safety, what it means, how to achieve it and how to maintain it. 
Previously entitled ‘Successful health and safety management’ and now ‘Managing for health and Safety’ – HSG965 was prepared by HSE as a practical guide for directors, managers, health and safety professionals and Safety Representatives who want to improve health and safety in their organisation. 
This book is mainly for leaders, owners, trustees and line managers. It will particularly help those who need to put in place or oversee their organisation’s health and safety arrangements. The advice will also help workers and Safety Representatives, as well as health and safety practitioners and training providers. 
Organisations have a legal duty to put in place suitable arrangements to manage for health and safety. This book provides a framework to help do that effectively, in a way that the organisation can tailor to its own circumstances. In implementing the arrangements, management should consult with TU Safety Representatives. The framework described in this book is universal but how far action is needed will depend on the size and nature of the organisation, and the risks from its activities, products or services. 
Its simple message is that organisations need to manage health and safety with the same degree of expertise and to the same standards as other core business activities, if they are to effectively control risks and prevent harm to people. 
This book describes the principles and management practices which provide the basis of effective health and safety management. It sets out the issues which need to be addressed, and can be used for developing improvement programmes, self-audit or self-assessment. 
This latest edition of one of HSE’s most popular guides is being circulated for the information and use of CWU Health and Safety Reps, in the build-up to the consultation and launch of the new HSE Strategy and Sector Plans. 
HSG(65) is basically what the HSE measures the performance of leaders, owners and line managers against, and therefore it will be of particular importance and help to those who need to put in place or oversee their organisation’s health and safety arrangements and those monitoring it. 
The advice will also help workers and Safety Representatives, to Inspect, monitor and audit the Safety Performance and risk control measure of employers. HSG(65) is therefore also useful to health and safety practitioners and training providers. 
The guidance explains the “Plan, Do, Check, Act” approach and shows how it can help achieve a balance between the systems and behavioural aspects of management. It also treats health and safety management as an integral part of good management generally, rather than as a stand-alone system. HSE has moved away from using the “POPMAR (Policy, Organising, Planning, Measuring performance, Auditing and Review)” model of managing health and safety over to the ‘Plan, Do, Check, Act’ approach. 
Plan, Do, Check, Act  
Plan – Determine your policy/Plan for implementation. Define and communicate acceptable performance and resources needed. Identify and assess risks/Identify controls/Record and maintain process safety knowledge.

Do – Profile risks/Organise for health and safety/Implement your plan. Implement and manage control measures

Check – Measure performance (monitor before events, investigate after events). Measure and review performance/Learn from measurements and findings of investigations

Act – Review performance/Act on lessons learned
This third edition has advice on:

The core elements of managing for health and safety

Deciding if what needs to be done – is being done

Delivering effective arrangements

Useful resourcesThe revised HSG(65) guidance builds on the practical advice in the HSE publication “The Health and Safety Toolbox – How to Control Risks At Work””[8], which helps employers identify, assess and control common risks in the workplace.
A pdf copy version of HSG(65) is attached.

Yours sincerely 
Dave Joyce

National Health, Safety & Environment Officer
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HSE Guide (HSG65)


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