Strategies in the Areas of Health and Safety Management

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What we are accustomed to in terms of health and safety legislation is commonly known as a prescriptive approach to legislation while the UK’s system is based on a goal-setting approach that encourages the development of strategies intended to ensure basic human health and safety standards are met. There are many ways in which these two systems differ, which will be discussed in detail. Specifically, within this document, we will demonstrate the disparity between the prescriptive and goal-setting approaches to health and safety legislation by clearly identifying the strengths and weaknesses of each as well as identify how a major shift in management structures and systems is required in order to achieve compliance in the UK and prepare a strategy for the practical implementation of the identified changes required before the establishment of the plant.The term “prescriptive strategies” refers to the health and safety management policies that are officially codified in legislative form as they are in most Caribbean governments. Prescriptive strategies in the areas of health and safety management specify basic minimum compliance levels for various industries and usually end up enumerating exact requirements in terms of methods of operation, common practices in protecting workers and specific means of record-keeping and reporting. Some areas in which these minimum requirements are typically applied include allowable workforce demographics, environmental concerns at large and employee health plans.Goal-setting strategies, such as those commonly employed in the UK, are thoughtfully developed through step-by-step analyses. This objective decision-making process is used in addressing various elements of the business world including a wide variety of plant-specific situations and practices, employees’ defined job duties, the safe use of the equipment and the management of any environmental dangers presented as a result of the production process.