Getting C-Suite and Board Level Buy-In (Culture Series Part 3 of 6)

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How to change the health and safety culture in your organisation (part 3 of 6)

Welcome to the third of six posts providing practical and actionable steps to improve the health and safety culture in your organisation. This post focuses on how to get board level buy-in and, more than that, to provide the leadership needed to dramatically impact culture. All of these posts are sampled from our free eBook: Beyond Compliance: A Guide to … Read More

Safety Should Never Be A Priority…

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Alcoa Case Study

…it should be a pre-condition for organisational behaviour. So said Paul O’Neill, former CEO and Chairman of Alcoa (1987-99). It’s a quote that neatly tied together many of the threads on e-permits insights over the past year – from how to improve the health and safety culture of your organisation to the barely contained contempt behind “What’s the ROI of … Read More

Mental Health – You Own It! Or Do You?

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Mental Health: You Own It, Or Do You?

2017 saw the publication of Thriving at work: The Stevenson/Farmer review of mental health and employers and, with it, the staggering estimate that the annual cost of poor mental health to the economy as a whole in the UK is between £74B and £99B. That’s more than £1,200 per capita, around 4% of GDP, twice the spend on defence and … Read More

What an Ingrained Health and Safety Culture Looks Like (Culture Series Part 2 of 6)

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What an Ingrained Health and Safety Culture Looks Like (Culture Series Part 2 of 6)

Welcome to the second of six posts providing practical and actionable steps to improve the health and safety culture in your organization. This week we’re focusing on looking at what a good health and safety culture actually looks like. These posts are sampled from our free eBook: Beyond Compliance: A Guide to Changing the Health and Safety Culture in Your … Read More

Why Has H&S Got a Bad Rap?

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Why Has Health and Safety Got a Bad Rap?

This post was motivated by a recent article in Safety & Health Practitioner by Andrew Sharman, titled Safety Isn’t Sexy. Andrew had recently returned from the IOSH annual conference where he found “an undercurrent of negativity around the phrase ‘health and safety’,” with several speakers acknowledging “the stigma surrounding our profession”. In the article, Andrew goes on to discuss the … Read More

How to Change the Health and Safety Culture in Your Organisation (Part 1 of 6)

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How to change the health and safety culture in your organisation (part 1 of 6)

This is the first of several posts on changing the health and safety culture in your organisation. We’ve previously discussed the impact of corporate governance on health and safety and the importance of board level leadership, now we want to help you to achieve this. It’s a daunting task for sure but, over the next several weeks and months, we … Read More

Stress, Stress and More Work-Related Stress

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Work-related stress

The HSE figures for 2016/17 are out and the headline is that “for the first time, stress became the UK’s biggest work-related illness, overtaking musculoskeletal disorder cases.” The HSE attribute an annual cost to the UK economy of £14.9B from all work-related injuries and ill-health with around 65% of the total arising from new cases of ill-health. These costs include … Read More

Asbestos in UK Schools

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Asbestos In UK Schools

Here are two figures that should alarm everyone: Asbestos kills over 5,500 people a year in the UK (according to the government) Up to 83 percent of schools contain asbestos (according to a government survey) There is an obvious question that comes to mind when you look at these two figures – what is being done about asbestos in schools? … Read More

How the Gig Economy Impacts UK Health and Safety

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Gig Economy

Health and safety legislation in the UK is constantly evolving. There are many reasons for this, including increasing demands that companies should not put profits ahead of worker health and safety. Another thing that impacts health and safety is changing workplace practices. One of the biggest workplace changes in recent memory is the rise of the gig economy. What are … Read More