General Health and Safety
March 12, 2012

The new buzz word in H&S is “resilience” – so what is it?

Professor Andrew Hale explains. Dictionary definitions of resilience emphasise the ability to bounce back from adversity or hard knocks. That would cover a company responding to a disastrous fire by reopening production facilities in a temporary building, or a chemical works responding to a major leak by full openness to the local residents about the causes of it, and involvement…
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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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