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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  • 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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  • Tackling Exploitation in the Labour Market

    This joint Department for Business Innovation and Skills and Home Office consultation seeks views on a range of proposals to improve the effectiveness of the enforcement of employment rights to protect workers from exploitation.

    These include:

    • establishing a statutory Director of Labour Market Enforcement (who will set priorities for the enforcement bodies across the spectrum of non-compliance, from criminally-minded exploitation to payroll errors)
    • creating a new offence of an aggravated breach of labour market legislation
    • increasing intelligence and data sharing between the existing enforcement bodies
    • widening the remit, increasing the powers and changing the name of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority to enable it to deal with serious exploitation


    The Department for Business Innovation and Skills and Home Office

    Ends on: 13 November 2015
    Status: Ended With Response
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