5th, December, 2009Question 1The Benefits and the Validity of Greater Manchester’s Fire and Rescue Service Authority against HSG 65 health and safety management system framework“You can’t manage what you can’t measure” According to the Health and Safety Executive, there is a way of measuring health and safety performance. The HSE indicates that health and safety performance measurement should be conducted considering: Why the health and safety performance should be measuredWhat should be measured in the performance? Who should measure the performance and How it should be measured (HSE, 2001)It is under one these guidelines that the quote “You can’t manage what you can’t measure” by Drucker is proved.
According to the Health and Safety Executive, measurement is part of a management process therefore for one to manage a system; he/she has to have the measurements necessary. One of such measurements is the health and safety measurement. The HSG 65 framework gives the measuring performance role in general health and safety performance management system. The framework has the following as the key elements: a. policyb. Organizingc. Planning and Implementingd. Measuring performancee. Review performancef.
Auditing (HSE, 2001)In this section, a critical analysis of Greater Manchester’s fire and rescue authority’s IRMP validity and benefits against the elements of the HSG 65 framework is done. a). PolicyAccording to the Health and Safety Executive 65 framework, measuring of health and safety management systems should consider if an organization has a written policy statement on health and safety, if the policy meets the legal requirements and the requirements of best practice, if the policy is updated and if the policy is implemented (HSE, 2001). Under the Fire and Rescue Service Act 2004, Fire and Rescue authorities are required to develop an integrated risk management plan that should help reduce risks from fires and other emergencies.
The plan should also have objectives and aims set to be achieved as set by the authorities and should describe the standards they will apply as a way to perform their statutory duties. This ensures continued improvement and achievement of best value for the people they serve (GMFRA, 2007). In the integrated plan, the fire and rescue authority should also be able to describe how the resources will be set out to improve safety in all sections of the community while working with other partners to ensure improved public safety. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service Authority has a policy statement below describing its approach to implement the Fire and Rescue Service Act 2004.
“Our integrated Risk Management Plan sets out our strategic approach to the way we will identify and manage fire risks and other risks faced by the communities we serve in Greater Manchester. This plan (our second) is for the period April 2007 to March 2010, after which we will review our progress in reducing the risks from fires and other emergencies and securing continuous improvements in community safety. Each year we will produce an Integrated Risk Management Action Plan detailing the specific actions that are designed to deliver the strategic objectives contained within our three year Integrated Risk Management Plan.