The following issues are covered in this chapter.
- The health, safety and security of personnel should be the concern of all responsible organizations. The inability of a minority of organizations to act responsibly means that legislation is necessary to force minimum standards of behaviour in all.
- Legislation varies from country to country in terms of its enactment, but all share a common set of principles, the most fundamental of which is that it is unacceptable for someone to be injured in the course of their work. Risk of injury cannot be dismissed as simply an occupational hazard.
- Security is now coupled with health and safety. In some sectors, environmental management, environmental sustainability or, simply, environment is included in a broad concept (HSSE) that focuses on the well-being of people, property and the environment.
- Compliance with health and safety legislation applies to everybody in the workplace. It includes shared parts of a facility and the grounds in which the facility is located.
- A competent person must be appointed or act as a consultant to assist in implementing and complying with health and safety legislation, irrespective of whether services are insourced or outsourced.
- A general policy statement must be produced and communicated to all stakeholders. The management method for implementing the policy must likewise be produced and its effectiveness measured. It is important that the statement