Sainsbury’s – From Audit to Improved Health and Safety Leadership

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There are many examples of bad health and safety practice in the UK – you don’t have to search far in local or national news publications to find them. What about good examples, though? One that stands out is Sainsbury’s. We first mentioned this case study in our review of corporate governance back in July and it’s worth discussing in … Read More

It’s Official!! Your Employees Are At Greater Risk Than Your Contractors.

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Employees are more at risk than contractors

At the beginning of last month we posed the question, “Are Employees Really Safer than Contractors?” Anecdotally it seemed to be the case and the HSE fatality stats for 2015/16 supported the statement. On the face of it. However, digging into the data and removing the agriculture sector yielded a different picture, although an inclusive one due to what appeared … Read More

H.W. Heinrich vs. Sidney Dekker, Seconds Out…

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Zero Harm vs. Safety Differently

This post is a scene-setter that compares and contrasts the zero harm policies advocated by H.W. Heinrich and the Safety Differently approach of Sidney Dekker who advocates focussing on major incidents and people’s ability to manage risk intuitively rather than worrying about near misses and minor incidents. In future posts we’ll tie the two approaches back to corporate governance as … Read More

Work Related Stress – What About Health and Safety Professionals?

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Work Related Stress

In our last post we put corporate governance in the spotlight and started to explore whether or not British companies are taking health and safety seriously enough at board level. Two very interesting branches  came out of that post. Firstly, does the current state of corporate governance explain why the fatality rate for employees is higher than that for contractors … Read More