Consultations

The aim of our consultation process is to present policymakers with IOSH members' opinions about the things that most affect them.

We're interested in the opinions, experience and innovative ideas our members can bring to the consultation process and encourage all our members to put their views forward.

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  • Consultation on draft guidance on Network Rail's strategic business plans

    ORR intends to issue guidance to Network Rail in February 2017 on the content of their strategic business plans. The aim of the guidance is to:

    • Improve transparency, quality and accountability
    • Facilitate train operators’, end users’ and other stakeholders engagement in the strategic business plans, both during their development and subsequent scrutiny, and
    • Ensure that the strategic plans support comparison between the routes, improving scrutiny and provide a strong basis for monitoring

    The guidance scope includes:

    • The structure of the submission
    • Its governance including the need for transparency and appropriate sign off
    • The importance of stakeholders in the process and expectations regarding engagement between routes and stakeholders
    • Route objectives including the importance of efficiency, asset sustainability and health and safety
    • The need for detailed activity and expenditure plans, and assurance

    Issuer:

    Office of Rail and Road (ORR)

    Ends on: 31 December 2016
    Status: Ended With Response
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  • Improving Working Lives – the Work, Health and Disability Green Paper

    The Green Paper asks for comment on a range of areas specifically within the occupational health and safety agenda, including:

    • The evidence for the link between work and good health
    • How to make the business case with employers around creating and maintaining healthy workplaces for the benefit of their employees and their businesses.
    • Development of information campaigns on key topics around occupational health and safety to help employers’ access existing information and adopt good practice
    • The management of sickness absence
    • The management of employees returning to work after periods of absence
    • Improving discussions around fitness for work and sickness certification
    • The role of the workplace in promoting healthy lifestyles
    • How to support small and medium sized businesses

    Issuer:

    Department for Work & Pensions and the Department for Health

    Ends on: 16 December 2016
    Status: Ended With Response
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  • Goal setting principles for railway safety

    The purpose of this consultation is to generate discussion around seven principles:

    1. Health and safety by design
    2. Infrastructure
    3. Stations and stabling areas (sidings and depots)
    4. Electric traction systems
    5. Railway control systems
    6. Level crossings
    7. Trains

    Each principle details the health and safety performance required by an item of works, plant or equipment, referred to as the factors. The legal requirements for each principle are defined and signposts are identified to further guidance.

    • The intended audience for the principles document includes:
    • Health and safety managers in the rail industry
    • Those designing or putting into use new or altered works, railway vehicles, plant or equipment
    • Other managers in roles which affect safety, particularly in the development and implementation of standards
    • Staff working on the railway and their representatives
    • ORR railway inspectors and engineers

    The principles are intended to:

    • identify the high level safety principles relevant to them or their organisation or project
    • understand their responsibilities and help make sure they meet their duties
    • find more detailed information if they need to

    Issuer:

    Office of Rail and Road (ORR)

    Ends on: 31 August 2016
    Status: Ended With Response
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  • Office of Rail and Road: Guidance on developing & maintaining Staff Competence

    Please see: Consultation on the revision of ORR guidance on developing & maintaining staff

    ORR intends that RSP1 remains generic in nature to ensure its overall content is inherently substantially “future proof”. It does not believe that a major technical revision is required and broadly proposes to add content on the integration of non-technical skills (NTS) into competence management systems, as well as updating references.

    Issuer:

    Office of Rail and Road (ORR)

    Ends on: 17 May 2016
    Status: Ended With Response
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  • Non-financial reporting Directive: a call for views on effective reporting alongside proposals to implement EU requirements

    Agreement has been reached on a new set of measures to harmonise the ‘non-financial’ information that companies need to disclose.

    Issuer:

    Department for Business Innovation and Skills

    Ends on: 31 March 2016
    Status: Ended With Response
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