07/07/2020 – The figure of the Head of the Prevention and Protection Service at work has become even more crucial in the management period of the health emergency, and will be even more crucial in the coming months, in which it is essential not to let down your guard in virus containment measures.
To provide useful elements to all those involved in the management of health and safety to carry out their function in the best possible way, UNI Italian Standardization Body and the National Council of Engineers have published the UNI / PdR 87: 2020 reference practice “Prevention and protection service – Typical activities of the prevention and protection service as required by art. 33 of Legislative Decree 81/2008 “.
Safety at work: guidelines from UNI and CNI
The reference practice constitutes an important point of reference for the employer and for all those involved in the management of safety in the workplace since, starting from Legislative Decree 81/2008, examines all the general tasks of the prevention service.
These homework they range from the analysis of company documents to visits to the workplace and related machines and equipment; from the interaction with the subjects of the company organization to the relations with the public subjects; from setting up the assessment process to drafting the risk assessment document; from the planning of information and training interventions to the realization of the same.
It’s about technical, managerial, organizational and relational activities which are fundamental for the effectiveness and efficiency of the preventive action within the organization.
Commitment and time of the Prevention and Protection Service to be dedicated to carrying out the activities depend on various factors such as the size of the company, the minor or greater organizational complexity, the type of risks present in relation to the production activity carried out by the organization, the territorial context of reference, the level of compliance with laws and regulations and organizational culture.
If in the first part the UNI / PdR 87: 2020 identifies the areas of intervention, the typical activities and the tasks related to the SPP, in the second part it organizes these activities in a structured approach for processes which allows an effective systematization.
In a first phase – that of the planning – the areas of intervention and typical activities to be carried out by the company prevention and protection service are identified on the basis of the analysis of the organizational context.
In the phase ofexecution – which represents the moment when what is planned takes place – operational controls are carried out on prevention and protection measures. Once the results achieved have been verified, through periodic reviews and performance assessments ( check) you go to the final phase of theaction in which, on the basis of the results of the verifications and performance assessments, the corrective actions to be taken for the purpose of continuous improvement are identified.
This approach is a particularly effective way to organize and manage the activities of a prevention and protection service in order to create added value for safety in the workplace, optimizing times, costs and performances.
Safety at work: guidelines from UNI and CNI
“The publication of the practice represents, in our opinion, an epochal turning point in the sector of safety in the workplace. For the first time, the activities of the head of prevention and protection services are ordered and listed in a single document, which will certainly produce better management of safety and health in the workplace, both by technicians and by companies. Security is not a cost, but an added value; it is not an activity to be carried out with a prescriptive approach, but with a performance vision. The reference practice best meets these principles, “he says Gaetano Fede, PdR Project leader and CNI Councilor Safety Area Manager.
“The role of UNI standard in the field of workplace safety is defined in Legislative Decree 81/2008 through the UNI INAIL guidelines, a role reaffirmed in Legislative Decree 223/2017 which assigns standardization the task of developing technical standards for product safety, service processes “explains the UNI president Piero Torretta. “In recent years there have been many interventions of standardization on the matter, from UNI ISO 45001 which defines its national and international structure, to UNI 11751: 2019 on the certification of SGSL by joint bodies”.
“PdR 87: 2020, defining a structured approach for SPP activities processes, fits into this context by providing a guideline with which to develop, monitor and evaluate the activities to be carried out to ensure the protection of worker safety. An attention – concludes Torretta – that, also in response to the Covid risk, confirms the centrality of the dignity of the person in the UNI regulatory activity “.
The reference practice UNI / PdR 87: 2020 can be freely downloaded from the UNI website at the following address https://tinyurl.com/ycm439gu
Source: press office Foundation National Council of Engineers