Health and Safety Benchmarking Principles and Practice

Start Date: 2 Jun 2024
End Date: 6 Jun 2024
Duration: 5
Country: Paris / France
Category: Health, Safety, Security & Environment

Course Description


Benchmarking is a simple concept improving ourselves by learning from others although rather less than simple to implement. It usually involves:

         Regularly comparing aspects of performance (functions or processes) with best   practitioners

         Identifying gaps in performance

         Seeking fresh approaches to bring about improvements in performance

         Following through with implementing improvements and

         Following up by monitoring progress and reviewing the benefits

With encouragement from HSE, it is increasingly being applied in the world of health and safety.


Course Objective


The object is to compare your health and safety management systems, processes and performance with others in order to identify ways of:

         Reducing accidents and occupational ill-health

         Improving legal compliance

         Reducing compliance costs

If you have already come a long way in these areas, benchmarking is the next best step in order to identify further opportunities for improvement.

Who Should attend?


This course is designed for anyone with responsibility for health and safety, including:

         Health and safety managers and advisers

         Supervisors for the oil & Gas field and industrial companies

         HR directors and managers

         Facilities, maintenance and engineering managers

This thoroughly practical programme will help you maximize the benefits of the benchmarking process improved systems, reduced injuries and associated costs, better and cheaper compliance and enhanced reputation (both internally and externally).

Course Outline



What is benchmarking?

        Definition of benchmarking

        Aims and objectives of benchmarking

        Principal features of the benchmarking process

        Identifying best practice

        Identifying your current position and problem areas

        Selecting benchmarking partners: internally and externally

        Setting performance indicators

        Measuring and comparing performance

        Learning and acting on lessons learned

        Monitoring for continuing improvement

        The cost of benchmarking

Health and safety benchmarking


        Health and safety benchmarking policies


        The significance of well-defined performance indicators

        Involving senior management

Deciding what to benchmark

        Selecting aspects of health and safety for benchmarking



        Work activities

         Work groups

        Specific examples of benchmarking topics

Getting started

        Auditing the current health and safety management system

        Safety audits

        Organising reference sources

        Regulations, Approved Codes of Practice, HSE Guidance

        Industry health and safety standards

        Risk assessment information

        Internal and external injury and ill-health data

        Feedback from safety monitoring activities

        Safety audits

        Safety inspections

        Safety sampling exercises

        Example of a safety sampling document

        Establishing performance indicators

        The limitations of accident data as a sole measure of performance

Selecting partners

        Internal and external partners

        Advantages and disadvantages of internal and external benchmarking

         Agreeing a benchmarking partnership

Working with your partner

        Understanding your partners operations

        Joint information requirements

        Exchanging information

        Agreeing performance indicators

        Corporate Health and Safety Performance Index (CHaSPI) (HSE)

         Agreeing individual responsibilities for the benchmarking partnership

        Procedures for site visits

Learning and acting on lessons learned

        Learning from others

        Devising an action plan

        Setting individual responsibilities and getting commitment

        Implementing your action plan

        Monitoring progress in the action plan

        Pointers to success

The benefits

        Enhanced reputation

        Reduced injury and ill-health costs

        Improved health and safety management systems

Benchmarking technique

The final session involves a syndicate exercise in benchmarking techniques

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