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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 SafetyRiskSafety Culture
February 8, 2018

Morecambe Bay and modern slavery

February the sixth is the fourteenth anniversary of the Morecambe Bay disaster where at least 21 illegal Chinese immigrants were drowned - it is thought that some bodies were not recovered. They were picking cockles on Warton Sands when they were overtaken by the incoming evening tide. The tide comes in very rapidly on this stretch of the coast and…
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RiskRisk Assessment
December 14, 2017

Risk matrices – a personal story

Background Qualitative (or strictly ‘semi-quantitative’) risk likelihood/severity matrices have been used for perhaps 30 years to assist in preparing ‘suitable and sufficient’ risk assessments.  Though they were not included as part of HSE’s ‘5 steps to risk assessment’, I have never seen risk assessments without them in recent years.  An amazing number are based on the approach in BS8800: 1996…
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General Health and SafetyRiskSafety Culture
November 30, 2017

Work-related road accidents Motorbike delivery riders – a scandal in clear view?

Would any safety-conscious organisation employ learner drivers to travel by car to visit customers?   I’m sure the answer is ‘NO’, and prospectively a breach of section 2(1) of the HSW Act. What then about ‘pizza’ delivery riders? The risk of being fatally injured on a ‘powered two-wheeler’ (PTW; including mopeds and motorbikes) is about 30 times greater (per mile travelled)…
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RiskRisk AssessmentUncategorized
November 23, 2017

An incomplete view

Last week I spent time with an evening shift conducting part of a safety audit.  The following morning, when I opened my hotel room curtains, I saw this car waiting to pulling out into the rush hour traffic.  As you can see, the windscreen had been cleared just enough for the driver to see the road ahead.  This behaviour struck…
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General Health and SafetyRiskRisk AssessmentSafety Culture
November 9, 2017

What are you walking by?

‘Don’t walk by’ is an important feature of many safety improvement programmes.  It is clearly important.  If you walk past unsafe behaviours and conditions you are condoning them.  Everyone in an organisation should be ‘not walking by’ anything that is unsafe.  That is, anything that does not conform to required working practices, equipment and workplace conditions. But there is too…
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RiskRisk Assessment
October 5, 2017

What’s the use of risk assessment?

Suitable and sufficient risk assessment is the cornerstone of effective health and safety risk management.  Yet too often risk assessments are a crumbling foundation incapable of supporting resilient risk control.  Why does this occur and what can you do to improve? Why was risk assessment introduced in the first place? The traditional approach was to presume that all was well…
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General Health and SafetyRisk
May 11, 2017

Fireworks unbridled

On the anniversary on the Enschede Incident, Professor Andrew Hale explores what lessons can be learnt. He looks at the issue of who is accountable and warns of what can happen when companies refuse to take responsibility for the hazards created by their work combined with a reduction of funding for regulatory bodies. The Enschede Incident Anybody who has been…
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General Health and SafetyRiskRisk Assessment
May 4, 2017

Human Fallibility and the Pathway Disaster

Steve Highley takes a look at lessons to be learned from Deepwater Horizon. He focuses on how risk decision making was compromised by a number of external factors. He points out that these types of issues are common but rarely addressed through training and challenges us to consider the implications of this for our own organisations. Are we on a…
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General Health and SafetyRiskRisk Assessment
April 27, 2017

Deadlines and Decisions

Steve Highley looks at how deadlines can lead to a change in our behaviour. He asks you to reflect on the questions within the blog, considering their implications for how you and managers in your organisation make risk decisions. Preparing for next week’s blog were he will look at an example of how such experience based risk decisions can create pathways…
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General Health and SafetyRisk
April 13, 2017

Are You Asking the Right Questions?

'You can’t take the right action if you don’t understand your hazards, don’t understand what can go wrong that might result in harm, and don’t know how an incident might get worse, much worse, if you don’t take the right action' Steve Highley writes on hazards and the impact they and have on your organisation. Two Small Fires The ship Grandcamp was…
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Behavioural SafetyGeneral Health and SafetyRiskRisk Assessment
March 23, 2015

Why do you, a professor of safety, ride a motor bike?

Why do you ride a 1,000 cc motor bike with more performance than anyone could need? Why do you ride all the year round? Surely it’s only fun when it’s dry and warm? And aren’t you a bit old for biking anyway? Here’s why It keeps you young; psychomotor skills are retained longer; the vibration keeps bones strong. Traffic jams…
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