Gap Analysis on Health & Safety Performance

Rob Dotchin
Studies have shown that HSE inspectors issued 3,155 notices to construction duty holders in 2016/17. Undertaking simple gap analyses on organisations’ health and safety performances could dramatically reduce this number.

Of the 3,155 notices issued, 1,362 were improvement notices, whilst 1,793 were prohibition notices. Within these notices, 7,993 potential breaches of acts or regulations were identified. Taking a proactive review of current health and safety systems and processes via a gap analysis could neutralise such breaches and, in turn, protect lives and reputation.

What is Gap Analysis?

Gap analysis is a means of determining the differences in performance and whether pre-determined requirements are being met and if not, what steps should be taken to ensure they are met successfully.

Benefits of Gap Analysis

Client organisations must exercise due diligence to ensure their organisation is fulfilling its workplace health and safety obligations. Health and safety commitment and leadership from the top levels of the organisation is critical to health and safety outcomes.

As a tool, gap analysis is a proactive means by which Faithful+Gould have assisted clients in ensuring health and safety compliance is effective, providing a positive health and safety culture and meeting health and safety objectives.

Performing Gap Analysis

A health and safety gap analysis can cover a wide range of assessments designed to identify strengths and opportunities for improvement.

Our team of health and safety professionals can identify key areas that may need immediate attention and work with clients in implementing health and safety improvement plans and initiatives.

Our gap analysis covers:

  1. Overview of clients’ operations, structure, existing safety systems etc;
  2. Review and evaluation of clients’ Safety Management Systems;
  3. Joint walkthrough of the client workplace to observe working practices;
  4. Audit report, identifying areas of strength and opportunities for improvement.

Application to Projects

As well as having performed gap analysis on Safety Management Systems, Faithful+Gould has assisted clients, as part of their due diligence process, in examining construction project compliance, in relation to those appointed in the capacity of Principal Contractor and Principal Designer, under the Construction Design and Management Regulations (CDM) 2015.

This has been beneficial in demonstrating that clients have taken into consideration their duties under the CDM Regulations 2015, for ensuring those appointed as Principal Contractor and Principal Designer are complying with their duties.

In Summary

As a proactive approach to health and safety, gap analysis can be a major contribution to business success. Not only is it a means of ensuring health and safety compliance, it can help prevent accidents and work related ill health.

Our team of health and safety professionals can provide you with the visible and active support that is essential for successful health and safety management and culture.