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Safety Policy Statements – You’re committed to what?

Safety Policy Statements – compulsive reading? Cast your mind back to the last time you entered the reception area of a business. You have 5 – 10 minutes to sit and wait, so your mind wanders, idly seeking something to occupy it. The “occasional table” is overflowing with old dog-eared sailing and golfing magazines. (The MD needed …

Safety Audits – Smoke and Mirrors

10 Health and Safety Myths – #5 Safety Audits – Smoke and Mirrors Before anyone gets upset… It’s OK, safety audits aren’t the myth. The myth is that they achieve something constructive. In the right context, safety audits can be a useful, if not essential part of a well-managed safety system. Unfortunately, in my experience …

Passion for Safety. Please no!

10 Health and Safety Myths – those times we smelled a rat This week: Passion for safety – Please no! Background to the series: Health and safety is a consequence of doing things right. That’s because it’s quality management and it co-habits with efficiency. It’s a product of good management more than being an end in itself. …

Safety Culture – a steam in a teacup?

Last month, I was asked to speak at a meeting of one of my long-term clients. The subject was “safety culture”. It’s something I’m interested in, but I decided I’d better do some research. And it turns out there is neither a consensus about what it is, nor that it is even needed! The scientific paper I used The paper is …