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Safety Culture

Safety CultureSafety Management System
December 6, 2018

Safe operating procedures: how to write procedures that really work – and how to get it wrong

What does a best practice SOP look like? Don’t bother to answer the question. It matters less than this: who wrote the SOPs; how are they kept up-to-date? The quality of SOPs (and indeed any part of a SMS) is made or broken by process: the process to create the SOPs, the process for up-dating them. Here is a story…
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Safety Culture
September 7, 2018

Hastam safety culture benchmarking workshop – Sept 2018

Last Wednesday was the Hastam safety culture benchmarking workshop, Front Line Safety Leaders: How can they help or hinder progress with safety culture maturity? This was done in collaboration with the Loughborough University School of Business and Economics and is part of Hastam’s Safety Culture Benchmarking Partnership. We had a good range of speakers which included Hastam consultants and business…
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General Health and SafetySafety Culture
August 2, 2018

First Line Managers – where fine words meet reality

Whatever the job title given to them – foreman, supervisor, first line manager (FLM), team leader – the men and women who are accountable for the teams who deliver the ‘front line’ work of our organisations are vital.  It is their job to turn the resources made available to them – working time, training inputs, supplies, equipment and information –…
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Safety Culture
June 21, 2018

Why is safety good for business?

Many of the world’s largest and most successful organisations have noticed an interesting fact about the parts of their business or the projects they run that perform the best, they always have an outstanding safety culture and performance. This is not a new idea and has been around for a long time, yet still we find organisations that allow a…
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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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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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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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