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General Health and Safety
January 15, 2019

What makes an effective Leader?

What might the world of business look and feel like if health and safety really was embedded as part of normal business activities? With the right leadership this really can become a reality. Less bureaucracy, less paper work and greater consistency in business operations. In health and safety leadership, the principles of good leadership remain valid, we are merely focusing…
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General Health and Safety
January 8, 2019

Effective Leadership in the Workplace 2019

You can now book for ‘Effective Leadership in the Workplace’ 2019 open course. Created by Andy Gordon ‘Effective Leadership in the Workplace’ is suitable for all people in leadership positions who interact with others. E.g. Directors, Managers, Supervisors, informal leaders etc.  A soft skills course which will equip you with the tools you need to lead people through your daily interactions.…
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General Health and Safety
December 20, 2018

Christmas Calamities 2

Last year we shared some Christmas Calamities with you involving the Hastam team. Due to popular demand, we are back with more tales of when things went wrong. This year we have stories from Nativities, a dog who got a double Christmas treat and a heart-warming tale of coming home for Christmas. We hope that you enjoy these memories and please…
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General Health and Safety
December 13, 2018

Certificate in Health and Safety Leadership Excellence – Course Review Dec 2018

On the 5th December, we held our second NEBOSH course ‘Certificate in Health and Safety Leadership Excellence.  The course was facilitated by Paul Haxell. NEBOSH and the HSE jointly developed this course and it is designed to support leaders who want to create an organisational culture where health and safety are valued as integral to achieving business and personal success. …
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General Health and Safety
November 15, 2018

Developing Competence of Safety Leadership – here’s a new tool for your kit!

We too often settle for the easy option with health and safety competence assessment.  Health and safety courses often finish with a short term multiple-choice memory test.  Modest pass marks imply that it’s acceptable to have gaps in your health and safety knowledge.  But what if those gaps are the more difficult but most important things for ensuring high levels…
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General Health and Safety
November 8, 2018

Is ‘Zero Harm’ or ‘Target Zero’ a good foundation for continual improvement? And should Hastam market a ‘zero harm’ workshop?

The debate Zero harm’, or other corporate objectives with ‘zero’ as a target, is the underpinning philosophy of many large organisations world-wide.  But is this a valid and realistic corporate aim?  And among many challenges how should progress towards the objective be measured? The ‘zero harm’ debate has excited controversy, with purists in one corner; adopting organisations in the other.…
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General Health and Safety
November 1, 2018

Health and Safety Budgets: is this the end of austerity?

This week  Philip Hammond announced his budget.  At this time of year many of you are busy planning your own budgets for next year, so we thought we’d give you a hand! Of course it’s not the end of austerity in H&S.  So here are some suggestions that won’t break the bank. You may already have clear priorities for next…
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AnnouncementsGeneral Health and Safety
October 4, 2018

NEBOSH Certificate in Health and Safety Leadership Excellence – first course ran review!

Yesterday saw another exciting development for Hastam  as we ran our first NEBOSH Certificate in Health and Safety Leadership Excellence course! As we announced in August, we are delighted that Hastam has become one of the first consultancies to be approved to deliver this new safety course. NEBOSH and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) developed the course together to…
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General Health and SafetyRisk
September 27, 2018

Reflections on Vaccination, Risk Management and Safety Leadership

I will soon be heading to Ghana to run a series of safety leadership and management workshops.  It’s a trip that requires health and safety precautions. The safety issues primarily relate to the low risk of petty crime.  Sensible well-known precautions apply.  Avoid places where street theft is known to be more likely.  Minimise the value of what you take…
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General Health and Safety
September 20, 2018

Human resources issue – Part two

In my previous post I described BS 76000:2015 Human resource - Valuing people - Management system - Requirements and guidance and described how Hastam has used its requirements to include human resource issues in its Integrated Management System. In the present post I want to describe another people-related Standard we found useful, that is, BS ISO 27500:2016 The human-centred organization -…
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General Health and Safety
September 13, 2018

Meet the expert: Helen Conlin

Helen Conlin has over twenty four years’ experience in industry and consultancy with  extensive experience in supporting high technology, high and medium hazard operations. Covering technical, human and organisational factors.  She specialises in optimising the combined performance of people, technology and processes to deliver improved Safety, Health, Environment and Quality performance within critical activities and systems. As part of our…
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General Health and Safety
August 23, 2018

Leadership

For many years the perceived wisdom was that Leaders exhibited certain key characteristics. As a consequence mere mortals’ efforts to become a Leader would fail unless their genetics contain the appropriate characteristics like charisma, the ability to inspire and passion. It was also probably fair to fall into the trap of thinking only an extravert could be a leader! Fortunately,…
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