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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  • Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland’s Draft Corporate Plan 2018-2023

    This consultation relates to HSENI’s five-year Corporate Plan for the period 2018-2023 which presents HSENI’s commitment to improving health and safety standards across all work sectors in Northern Ireland.

    Issuer:

    Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI), United Kingdom

    Ends on: 08 June 2018
    Status: Live
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  • Health and Safety Authority's Statement of Strategy 2019-2021

    The Health and Safety Authority is preparing a strategy statement for the three-year period 2019-2021, under Section 43 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005. While the strategy specifically focuses on the period 2019 to 2021 the vision, mission and values have relevance for a longer time horizon out to 2025.

    The HSA is the national statutory body in Ireland with responsibility for ensuring that over 2 million workers (employed and self-employed) and those affected by work activity are protected from work related injury and ill-health. It’s also the lead National Competent Authority for a number of chemicals regulations and a key agency involved in market surveillance and ensuring the safety of products used in workplaces and consumer applications.

    Issuer:

    Health and Safety Authority (HSA), Ireland

    Ends on: 27 April 2018
    Status: Live
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  • Approved Document B (fire safety): amendments to statutory guidance on assessments in lieu of tests

    The Grenfell Tower disaster and the subsequent findings of Dame Judith Hackitt’s interim report into building regulations and fire safety raised a number of questions. These included the adequacy of the current building regulations and statutory guidance, particularly Approved Document B. This consultation suggests ways to improve this document and seeks expert opinion on whether those changes would work. It further provides an ‘impact assessment’ for comment.

    Issuer:

    Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (HMCLG), United Kingdom

    Ends on: 11 May 2018
    Status: Live
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  • Banning the use of combustible materials in the external walls of high-rise residential buildings

    In this consultation, the UK Government department MHCLG seeks views on proposals to ban the use of combustible materials in the external walls of high-rise residential buildings in England. It asks 9 consultation questions and gives respondents a number of ways to respond. Evidence gathered via this consultation will help inform an impact assessment to be published alongside the Government’s final decision.

    Issuer:

    Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG), United Kingdom

    Ends on: 06 July 2018
    Status: Live
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  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Policy Consultations

    The EBRD is owned by 66 countries from 5 continents and two intergovernmental institutions, the European Union and European Investment Bank. It works together with the private sector, to invest in projects, engage in policy dialogue and provide technical advice, operating in more than 36 economies, from the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean, to Central and Eastern Europe, to Central Asia. EBRD operations span a range of industries, from agribusiness to infrastructure to transport.

    Issuer:

    European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

    Ends on: 16 March 2018
    Status: Ended With Response
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  • HSE Consultation (CD283) on the implementation of new and revised Workplace Exposure Limits

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is consulting on the implementation of new and revised Indicative Occupational Exposure Limit Values (IOELVs) for thirty-one chemical substances to help protect workers from the ill-health effects of exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace. This implementation of Directive 2017/164/EU introduces this as the 4th list of IOELVs.

    This consultation relates to the IOSH collective response to the HSE regarding the above changes.

    Issuer:

    HSE

    Ends on: 16 January 2018
    Status: Ended With Response
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  • Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety

    Following the Grenfell Tower disaster, the Government has commissioned this Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, led by Dame Judith Hackitt, which is now calling for evidence. Its terms of reference are found in Annex A and a list of regulatory system documents (not intended to be comprehensive) in Annex B.

    Issuer:

    Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)

    Ends on: 26 September 2017
    Status: Ended With Response
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  • BS 45002-0:2017 Occupational health and safety management systems – General guidelines for the application of ISO 45001

    BSI have produced BS 45002-0:2017 to provide implementation guidance for the new international occupational health and safety management systems standard ISO 45001. This public consultation draft is made available for review and BSI are seeking comments on it using the template provided.

    Issuer:

    British Standards Institution (BSI)

    Ends on: 08 September 2017
    Status: Ended
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  • GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety Consultation

    The Global Reporting Initiative has provided an international framework for sustainability reporting for many years, the most used such framework in the world, and has recently converted it into a standard. It is now consulting on the health and safety content (GRI 403).

    Issuer:

    Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

    Ends on: 08 September 2017
    Status: Ended With Response
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  • Sentencing Council Manslaughter Guideline consultation

    The Sentencing Council has produced this consultation paper to seek views on the sentencing of manslaughter offences (though not the legislation and case law upon which such offences are based).

    It identifies four types of offences to be covered by the draft Guideline: manslaughter by reason of loss of control; manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility; unlawful act manslaughter; and gross negligence manslaughter.

    Issuer:

    Sentencing Council

    Ends on: 01 September 2017
    Status: Ended
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  • Grenfell Tower fire Public Inquiry Terms of Reference

    The scope of the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry will be fixed by its Terms of Reference, which the Inquiry Team is now consulting on. It has outlined a non-exhaustive list of areas it may cover. It aims to ascertain the causes of the tragedy and ensure that the appropriate lessons are learnt.

    Issuer:

    Ends on: 04 August 2017
    Status: Ended With Response
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  • ISO DIS 45001.2

    The draft international standard ISO 45001.2 (Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements with guidance for use) has been edited by the ISO Secretariat and sent to all National Standards Bodies (NSB) for translation. Once translation is complete, the next public consultation will take place from 19 May 2017.

    Issuer:

    ISO

    Ends on: 16 June 2017
    Status: Ended
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  • Building our Industrial Strategy Green Paper

    The UK Government is consulting on its proposals for a modern Industrial Strategy as part of its post-Brexit plan. It intends that the Industrial Strategy will create the right conditions for new and growing enterprise to thrive and help young people to develop the skills needed for the high-paid, high-skilled jobs of the future. The stated objective of the Industrial Strategy is “…to improve living standards and economic growth by increasing productivity and driving growth across the whole country.“

    Issuer:

    Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

    Ends on: 24 February 2017
    Status: Ended With Response
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  • Corporate Governance Reform Green Paper

    The Green Paper seeks views in a number of areas where there are options for updating the corporate governance framework. In relation to occupational health and safety these are:

    • Whether there are measures that could increase the connection between boards of directors and other groups with an interest in corporate performance such as employees and suppliers
    • Whether the requirements for corporate governance reporting that apply to listed companies should be extended to large privately-held companies and / or businesses within different types of ownership

    Issuer:

    Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

    Ends on: 20 January 2017
    Status: Ended With Response
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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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  • Consultation on 'Non-binding guidelines for reporting of non-financial information by companies'

    The European Commission (EC) has launched a public consultation to help inform its non-binding guidelines on how large public-interest entities, such as listed companies and banks, could disclose social (including health and safety), environmental and other non-financial information.

    These guidelines aim to assist companies in the reporting process, providing them with a methodology that will facilitate the disclosure of relevant, useful and comparable non-financial information. The guidelines will be drawn up in line with the requirements and scope set out in the Directive on disclosure of non-financial and diversity information by certain large companies and groups, which applies to large public-interest entities with more than 500 employees.

    Issuer:

    European Commission

    Ends on: 18 March 2016
    Status: Ended With Response
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