Devaluation of Real Health and Safety Term Paper by Douglas

A critical discussion paper on what is meant by the "devaluation of real health and safety" within the United Kingdom.
# 145766 | 2,381 words | 9 sources | APA | 2009 | CA
Published on Nov 28, 2010 in Medical and Health (First Aid and Safety) , Labor Studies (General)

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This paper explores what is meant by the 'devaluation' of real health and safety, by discussing the credibility gap in company senior leadership, risk aversion versus risk minimization in industry and public, and reporting and recording standards in the United Kingdom. It also looks at how various aspects of these three issues contribute to the loss of credibility of occupational health and safety in the eyes of industry and the public as well as the discrepancy between occupational health and safety standards and actual company practice.

Introduction: The Devaluation of Real Health and Safety
Discussion: Credibility Gap
Discussion: Reporting and Recording
Discussion: Risk Aversion versus Risk Minimization

From the Paper:

"Recording and Reporting plays an important role in documenting company OHS performance. Its predominant role is to measure numbers of work related injuries and illnesses as well as narrowly avoided severe incidents commonly referred to as high potentials. Such a method of measuring is needed for companies to determine their progress, and for regulatory organizations to determine if they are in violation of the law. RIDDOR accumulates data for the UK to regulate and also reveal useful trends and indicators. The HSE is aware of the flaws within RIDDOR, and has actively sought input from stakeholders to consider alternative options and modifications. The relationship between OHS reporting and financial gain or loss for a company further increases the risk of faulty or manipulated reporting. Though RIDDOR is the law in the UK, UK base companies can be subjected to additional reporting regimes tied to foreign regulations (United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) if listed on the New York Stock Exchange) and voluntary industry reporting standards such as International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (OGP)) ."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bandle, Tony (2006, May 09) Presentation Health and Safety Executive Strategy Division: Principles of sensible risk management. Health and Safety Executive Retrieved 04/12/09
  • Buckley, Peter., Bandle, Tony. (2006, Jan 24) Board Paper: An update on Sensible Risk Management and Next Steps Page 1. Health and Safety Executive Retrieved 04/12/09
  • Disson, Maureen (2005, June 30) Discussion Document: The Review of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR) Pages 14-17. Health and Safety Commission Retrieved 04/12/09, from
  • Hackitt, Judith CBE HSE Chair. (2008, May 08) Speech at IOSH Vice Presidents' Lunch. Retrieved 04/12/09, from
  • Hackitt, Judith CBE HSE Chair. (2009, March 18) Speech at Annual Rivers Lecture Retrieved 04/12/09, from

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