OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH (OH) CULTURE MATURITY MATRIX

What does occupational health management mean?
Employers have a legal responsibility to look after their employees. Occupational health management should focus primarily on dealing with the occupational health risks caused by workplace exposure to hazardous substances or activities.

This matrix will help you to identify how you manage occupational health by assessing your overall occupational health culture maturity.  From this you should be able to work out ways to improve occupational health standards on your site in a way that will maximise your overall productivity.

Instructions for use

This matrix should be completed by the person responsible for health and safety in your company e.g. Company owner/Director, Health and Safety Manager.

It is recommended that you use this matrix no more than once every 12 months so that you can identify any changes that have occurred more accurately.

Your data is confidential. It will be stored anonymously and collated amongst data from all participants from which you will not be able to be identified. No one other than HSL researchers will have access to your raw data.

Part 1 :please answer the questions below to provide a background to your company. For each question please select the relevant response option:

  How many employees (directly employed) does your company have?
  Are your workers:
  What is you company's main position in the supply chain
  What types of construction activity is your company regularly (e.g. at least every two months) engaged in?  Please select all that apply
  What types of OH risks does your company regularly (e.g. at least every two months) have to manage? Please select all that apply
  Do you have access to an occupational health provider?
  If yes, is your occupational health provision from an
  Is occupational health specifically considered in your organisation? In what way?
  Where is your company located?
Part 2: Please look at the following matrix and follow these steps:

1.Consider each of the 6 Building Blocks (left hand column) in turn.

2.If necessary, please click on the
Definition of Terms link at the bottom of each page for clarification of terms used within statements.
 
3.For
each building block element (middle column) select the statement in the right hand column that best applies to your company.  Select only one statement for each element.

4.Do not deliberate over your choice.  Choose the
statement that is instantly most closely aligned generally applies and reflects your current situation. This matrix will be of the most use to you if you answer honestly.
Building Block (description)
 
Elements
 
Statements: Which of the following applies to your company?
Business Beliefs

(Belief that ‘health is good for work’ and ‘work is good for health’.)  






 
Good health ↔ good business



 
 


 
OH risk management

 
 



 
OH is a core business value


 
 
For a reminder about terminology and definitions, please click here:
Building Block (description)
 
Elements
 
Statements: Which of the following applies to your company?
Fairness

(Uniformity of support provided for health and wellbeing)

 
Accessibility to OH support

 
 
 
 
Mutual trust
 
 
 
 
Fair treatment of all

 
 
For a reminder about terminology and definitions, please click here:
Building Block (description)
 
Elements
 
Statements: Which of the following applies to your company
Mindful

(Being vigilant and responsive to the full range of current and future OH issues)
 
Foresight
 
 
 
 
Awareness of the range of OH issues (including degenerative conditions)
 
 
 
 
Responsiveness
 
 
 
 
Vigilance
 
 
For a reminder about terminology and definitions, please click here:
Building Block (description)
 
Elements
 
Statements: Which of the following applies to your company
Collective Responsibility

(Distribution of responsibility and control of OH between management and workforce)
 
Worker Involvement
 
 
 
 
Shared responsibility (within your organisation)
 
 
 
 
Involvement of all stakeholders throughout project life cycle
 
 
For a reminder about terminology and definitions, please click here:
Building Block (description)
 
Elements
 
Statements: Which of the following applies to your company
Leadership
 
Role Modelling
 
 
 
 
Consistent Decision  Making
 
 
 
 
Having and delivering a vision for OH
 
 
For a reminder about terminology and definitions, please click here:
Building Block (description)
 
Elements
 
Statements: Which of the following applies to your company
Learning

(Learning opportunities)
 
Learning opportunities for workers
 
 
 
 
Organisational learning
 
 
For a reminder about terminology and definitions, please click here:
Thank you for completing the matrix. Important points about occupational health management for you to be aware of are:
  Employers have a legal responsibility to look after their employees. Occupational health management should focus primarily on dealing with the occupational health risks caused by workplace exposure to hazardous substances or activities.
  Workplace ill health is preventable.  Managing health risks is no different from managing safety risks.  Assessing hazards and using a hierarchy of controls are equally appropriate when applied to health risks. It is possible and practical to carry out construction work without causing ill health. Risks to health can be managed by modifying the process to eliminate the risk, controlling and minimising exposure, and taking precautions to prevent adverse effects.
  Occupational health management should be integrated with day to day business and should not work in isolation from safety management or other health checks or initiatives you have in place.  Checking workers’ health or helping workers tackle other lifestyle risks to their health is not a substitute for managing and controlling health risks.  
  Managing workplace health helps employers retain experienced and skilled workers, and it helps employees to maintain productive employment.

Part 3

Please answer the following questions:

  When did you last monitor to check (in any way) the exposure levels of any of the OH hazards that could affect your workforce and are controlled e.g. noise, dusts, gases, fumes, hand arm vibration?
  When did you last use the findings from monitoring (in any way) the exposure levels of any of the OH hazards (e.g. noise, dusts, gases, fumes, hand arm vibration) that could affect your workforce in your decision making.
  How frequently are OH risks/issues considered at a senior management level in your organisation?
  When did you last review your control methods for any of the OH hazards that could affect your workforce?
  When did you last make improvements to working conditions as a consequence of reviewing  your control methods for any of the OH hazards that could affect your workforce (e.g. noise, dusts, gases, fumes, hand arm vibration)?
  When did you last make improvements to working conditions as a consequence of reviewing  your  methods for reducing work-relevant stress, anxiety, depression and MSDs?
For the following questions please enter the relevant number into the box provided.