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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  • 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


    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


    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.


    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.


    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.


    European Commission

    Ends on: 18 March 2016
    Status: Ended With Response
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