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Health and Safety Risk Management

Employers are responsible for the wellbeing of their staff under health and safety law. Equally, employees are entitled to work in an environment where risk to their health and safety is properly controlled.

What is Health and Safety Risk Management?

Effective health and safety risk management ensures correct systems are in place to identify and manage risk. It identifies an approach to risk that is aligned to an organisation’s appetite while ensuring compliance with legislation.

What will Health and Safety Risk Management deliver?

Specialists review appropriate areas of health and safety risk within an organisation to identify areas of weakness. Recommendations aligned to overall risk management strategy are then suggested.

Health and safety risk management includes training, which is a fundamental aspect of effective safety management programmes. Training will reduce the frequency of civil claims while lessening enforcement action from regulatory bodies.


What are the benefits?

Effective health and safety risk management improves an organisation’s approach to risk, while acting on recommendations reduces the likelihood and impact of an incident. Other benefits include:

  • Ensuring risk profile is aligned to risk appetite
  • Reducing number of health and safety incidents
  • Ensuring compliance with existing UK health and safety legislation
  • Developing comprehensive management systems which increase the likelihood of certification to recognised standards
  • Enabling an organisation to demonstrate risk management standards to key stakeholders; including insurers and regulatory bodies

Contact us:

For further details please contact your local Willis Towers Watson office.

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Case study:

A large engineering organisation received a non- compliance notification from external auditors in relation to the competency of a number of department managers.

Willis Towers Watson training specialists developed a programme of IOSH Managing Safely courses, which the organisation approved and subsequently delivered over a three-year period.

The programme was funded by the organisations’ insurers and provided attendees a recognised health and safety management qualification, resulting in the removal of the non-compliance status.

The organisation has since involved Willis Towers Watson specialists in all internal training requirements.