2004 - Chemical Manufacture

An organisational change was planned so that operating and engineering departments would be realigned to improve flexibility and protect against future staff turnover. The client recognised that organisational change can introduce risk, and that they may need to be able to demonstrate to the Health and Safety Executive that those risks had been assessed and subsequently managed. Working closely with management and staff, Andy clarified the nature of the changes being planned and the intended impacts. Using HSE guidance CHIS7 regarding managing organisational change, as well as the more general health and safety information included in HSE guidance HSG65, Andy identified potential hazards and ranked them according to risk. These included organisation culture, stress and communication. The client's implementation plan was reviewed to determine how well it addressed the risks, and recommendations were made to improve specific aspects. Andy presented his report to management, who used it develop their plan for implementing and monitoring the changes.