General Health and Safety

Behavioural SafetyGeneral Health and SafetyOlympic GamesRisk
July 17, 2012

Preventing Crowd Disasters and the Olympic Games

The London Olympic Delivery Authority’s achievement in building the facilities on time, to budget, and without a single fatal accident, is a profound and unique achievement. The next step is to ensure the safety of the public in London and spectators when the games take place. One challenge is to ensure the safety of large crowds in confined areas. It…
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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 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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