Fatigue, Driving and Regulations

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fatigue at work

During my mother-in-law’s last few years of failing health, I had the pleasure of meeting one of her home care helpers. I watched her bubbly personality cook, tidy-up and put a smile on a frail old lady – all in her 15-20 minute allowed visit time. As she dashed for the door, I asked her where she was going next … Read More

Safety and Business Performance – Correlation and Causality

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Making safety a keystone habit

This post continues our examination of what it takes to make safety a keystone habit within a business, thereby, driving improved business performance while improving worker safety. Note that in this scenario ‘improved business performance’ means significantly outperforming competitors in a sustained manner over a period of several years. We’re not talking a few percentage points improvement in productivity from … Read More

Making Safety a Keystone Habit

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Making safety a keystone habit

The business benefits of good safety practices are clear and obvious. As the HSE lists them: Reduced absenteeism Staff retention Brand reputation protection Increased productivity and profits Reduced insurance and legal costs But, if I’m a Board member of a Forbes 2000 company, is that going to grab my attention? I don’t think so. They’re nice benefits and, of course, … Read More

The Human Oil in the Process Engine

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the human oil in the process engine

Today started with a review of Staying Alive: Preventing Serious Injury and Fatalities while Working at Height All-Party Parliamentary Group on Working at Height from February 2019. This on the back of the recent headlines about the upward trend of worker fatalities, particularly those arising from ‘falls from a height’, and our subsequent deeper dive into the historical statistical trends. … Read More

H&S Statistics – Behind the Headlines

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Health and Safety Statistics - Behind the Headlines

In our last post on breaking through the statistical plateau that is health and safety fatality rates in Great Britain, we reflected on the recent headlines that greeted the [provisional] increase in fatalities to 147 in 2018/19 from 141 in 2017/18 and the accompanying rise in fatalities caused by falls from height, 40 from 35. We took an action to … Read More

Breaking Through The Statistical Plateau

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working at height

This is a difficult post with more questions than answers. Over time we’ll work to try to answer these questions. Some are just a matter of research, some are more philosophical and much more difficult to answer. The basic challenge is breaking through the statistical plateau that is the Great Britain worker fatality rate. For the past five or six … Read More

Delivering Increased Control and Compliance Using e-permits

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using e-permits for increased control and compliance

This post begins by summarising the benefits delivered by e-permits, the electronic permit to work software and work authorisation system, in bringing increased control and compliance to the existing paper process. It continues with a detailed “how” e-permits delivers these benefits. In Summary By providing critical information to the appropriate people just as they need it, e-permits helps ensure that the… … Read More

Using e-permits to Reduce Cost

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Health and Safety - A Business Enabler

The most recent HSE estimates put the cost to Great Britain of workplace injuries and new cases of work-related Ill Health at £15bn annually (for 2016/17). The costs only include self-reported injuries and new cases of ill-health attributable to working conditions. Despite the preponderance of injuries, the new cases of ill-health account for two-thirds of the total cost burden owing … Read More

Using e-permits to Reduce Risk

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Using e-permits to Reduce Risk

As the UK’s first and leading web-based permit to work software and work authorisation system, e-permits delivers significant benefits to our clients while ensuring that people work safely and are safe at work. These benefits accrue from e-permits’ ability to bridge the disconnect between an organisation’s well-honed health and safety policies and procedures and what actually happens on the ground. … Read More

2018/19 Workplace Fatalities – Why Change is Imperative

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clarity on health and safety comparative statistics

The provisional Workplace fatal injuries in Great Britain, 2019 statistics have been published by the HSE. The resulting headlines thus far have been focused on the increase in workplace fatalities (147 in 2018/19p vs. 141 in 2017/18) with ‘workers falling from height’ being the major cause of fatal injuries at 40 and ‘being struck by a moving vehicle’ the next … Read More

Banyard Solutions’ Alan Gunn Appointed Treasurer of Safety Groups UK

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Alan Gunn Treasurer SGUK

Photo caption (L to R): Norman Stevenson, Chair of Safety Groups UK (SGUK); Alan Gunn of Banyard Solutions, Chair of Safety Group West Scotland (SGWS) & the incoming Treasurer of SGUK; Mike Nixon the outgoing Treasurer of SGUK. This month saw Banyard Solutions’ Alan Gunn elected as Treasurer of Safety Groups UK. Congratulations to Alan! This is great recognition for … Read More

The Current Use of RAMS in Health and Safety… And Should We Be Using Them More?

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RAMS in Health and Safety

RAMS – Risk Assessment Method Statements – are a grey area in health and safety. Despite this, there are indications their use is increasing. While the rules on the use of risk assessments are clear, what are the exact requirements for preparing RAMS? What is the law, what is the current advice on best practice, and is that advice correct? … Read More

Why Keeping People Safe Improves Business Performance

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Reciprocity

Last week was Mental Health Awareness Week. Of course, it’s an on-going issue within society as well as the workplace so we thought we’d touch on stress here within the context of changing the health and safety culture within an organisation. And, yes, we’ll get to the reciprocity of safety and business performance. We’ve covered stress in the workplace extensively … Read More

Need to Talk to the Board? Read these suggestions first…

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how to conduct board level communications

In our eBook “Beyond Compliance: A Guide to Changing the Health and Safety Culture in Your Organisation” we devoted a chapter to getting C-suite/Board buy-in with 9 specific, practical and actionable tips on how to handle that communication. With the increased onus on senior management participation in health and safety mandated by ISO 45001, access to the Board should be … Read More