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Dawn Hemmings from Unique Health and Safety discusses Gap Analysis

Unless you know UK health and safety legislation inside out it can be very difficult for companies to determine if they are compliant. This is where Gap Analysis can be useful, Dawn Hemmings of Unique Health and Safety shares with us her insights.

What is gap analysis? 

A gap analysis is used to identify strategic and operational gaps in health and safety performance. What are you doing today and how will this lead you to your goals? It analyses the gap between your current capabilities of your company and its future development.

What’s involved in gap analysis?

There are three steps to a gap analysis:

The first step is to understand the company’s current state. Without doing this you will not know what needs to be addressed. This is done by analysing current business processes by collecting relevant data on performance levels through:

  • Reviewing current goals
  • KPI’s and objectives
  • Vision and mission statement
  • Interviewing employees
  • Incident data documentation
  • Observing how employees behave in the workplace.

Secondly, once all the data has been collated and analysed it will be placed into three categories: –

1.What systems, processes and behaviours are working?

This is the category that is always forgotten about, but this is the area you need to focus on the most to ensure sustainability.

2. What systems, processes and behaviours need to be adjusted?

Your systems, processes and behaviours may just need some slight adjusting to improve where they are today to get to where you need to be.

3. What systems, processes and behaviours need to be started over again?

This is when the existing systems, processes and behaviours need to be erased and started again from scratch.

Finally, a strategy will be created, with input from the Senior Managers and various groups of employees, with more realistic goals, KPI’s and objectives being set.

It is important to ensure the new strategy is communicated to all employees, so everything is transparent. By involving employees in the process, they are more likely to buy into it and be more proactive in ensuring the strategy is complied with. This leads to higher morale and an increase in productivity.

What are the other benefits of a gap analysis?

You don’t know what you don’t know!

By having a gap analysis conducted, it will highlight areas you may or may not be aware are issues. A fresh pair of eyes will see things you and your business will have become blinkered too.

The analysis will take you to the next level to improve not only your systems and processes but to change your safety culture. It will also give you the peace of mind knowing you have a plan in place to ensure you become legally compliant to health and safety legislation.

Other benefits include:

  • A clear Health and Safety Strategy which gives transparency for the way forward
  • Reduction of accidents and an increase of near-miss reporting

Check out this video to find out more – 


Dawn Hemmings is the Director of Unique Health and Safety. She is an expert consultant offering services in Health and Safety, Occupational Health as well as Coaching and Mentoring.

Find out more on her website.

Check out her LinkedIn profile.

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