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Lorraine Hancox

General Health and Safety
April 18, 2013

Texas Plant Explosion

Today I have just heard about the tragic incident at the plant in Texas. Whilst it might seem a long distance away and little to do with us it does demonstrate what can go wrong. It is too early to begin to speculate about what has occurred or even at this stage to appreciate the full impact of the event…
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Behavioural SafetyGeneral Health and SafetyRisk
February 26, 2013

Mid Staffs NHS Trust a timely reminder – Mike Vyvyan comments on the recent report

The recent report delivered by Robert Francis QC, on the failures of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, focused attention on the organisation’s dysfunctional culture. In particular one part of the report draws attention to the point that the directors and senior managers were unable to grasp the seriousness or scope of the problems within the Trust.  In his evidence…
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Behavioural SafetyGeneral Health and SafetyRisk
January 29, 2013

Disastrous Decisions: the human and organisational causes of the Gulf of Mexico blowout.

Book by Andrew Hopkins. CCH Australia Ltd. ISBN 978 1 921948 77 0. This is the latest of Andrew Hopkins’ books on major disasters, joining books on Texas City, Esso Longford and other major accidents which we need to learn from. Those who have read any of these earlier books will know Andrew’s easy style of writing and will not…
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General Health and Safety
December 4, 2012

HASTAM blog: Safety Rules: burden or guide?

Safety rules and regulations have had a terrible press, ever since Lord Robens report of 1972 which shook -up the British OHS regulatory system, and even before. The latest attacks have led to the reports from Lord Young and Ragnar Löfstedt, who have recommended simplifications and some repeals. The same wave of rejections has swept the USA on the tea-party…
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General Health and Safety
September 20, 2012

Who is your safety hero?

In this blog Mike Vyvyan Hastam’s Chief Executive talks about his safety hero. Why not take a few minutes to tell us about your safety hero? My safety hero - Sir John Harvey-Jones Sir John was a great business leader, running ICI when it was still Britain’s biggest company.  He was also probably the first business guru in the UK…
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General Health and Safety
July 3, 2012

HM Chief Inspector of Factories Report 1943

1943 BLOG HM Chief Inspector of Factories Report 1943: plus ça change … 1 In my Aston office I have a number of HM Chief Inspector of Factories' annual reports dating back to the 19th Century.  While waiting for a student the other day I chanced on a fascinating excerpt from the 1943 Report written by Sir Wilfred Garrett.  As…
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Behavioural SafetyGeneral Health and SafetyRisk
May 10, 2012

Looking for new training events? Here’s something original!

Taking Safety Seriously Hastam's work as Expert Witnesses, in both criminal and civil cases, indicates that all too often operational managers' perspective of safety and their role in managing it responsibly is inadequate or ill informed. Using case-studies, delegates work through some serious safety incidents and are assisted to understand the factors that contributed to them. They are then encouraged…
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General Health and SafetyRIDDOR
March 27, 2012

Changes to RIDDOR – is this really the right message? A personal perspective.

From  The Health and Safety Executive Website Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR) Change – 6 April 2012 From 6 April 2012, subject to Parliamentary approval, RIDDOR’s over three day injury reporting requirement will change. From then the trigger point will increase from over three days’ to over seven days’ incapacitation (not counting the day on…
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General Health and SafetyRisk
March 1, 2012

Löfstedt – Hastam’s thoughts …

The Löfstedt review and risk Many people have commented on the legal aspects of Professor Löfstedt’s review but we would like to take a slightly different tack and discuss his recommendations with regard to risk. Under the heading Improving the understanding of risk there are the following recommendations. In order to stimulate a wider debate about risk in society and…
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General Health and Safety
February 21, 2012

The effects of Hindsight Bias on Incident Investigations

You may be aware that Hastam has been involved in the investigation of some of the principal safety incidents in the UK in the last decade - for example, the explosions at Port Talbot and Buncefield, and the rail crash at Potters Bar. Professor Richard Booth was involved in all three investigations and has now written on the importance of Hindsight Bias and…
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Behavioural SafetyGeneral Health and Safety
February 2, 2012

Hastam Thought Leadership Conference – March 28th at Derby

Behavioural Safety – fact and fiction What are the facts and fictions regarding Behavioural Safety? Is it a panacea, a quick fix or part of the longer term safety journey? What methodologies really work over the long-term? Should organisations be investing in behavioural safety or is there a more worthwhile process? Is there a common solution or at least some…
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Behavioural SafetyCHASE SoftwareGeneral Health and Safety
January 17, 2012

The importance of planning in health and safety

Planning in health and safety (H&S) is a process well specified in BS OHSAS 18001 but it is our experience that H&S professionals rarely follow this well specified process. Planning tends to be reactive in response to problems arising, rather than proactive in the long term interests of the organisation. The BS OHSAS 18001 process includes the following elements: risk…
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