“What’s The ROI Of Your Mother?”

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Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.

I shamelessly stole that question from US serial entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk. Gary’s first business success came when taking over his family’s liquor store and turning it into the online success winelibrary.com, growing annual sales from $3M to $60M through his innovative use of digital marketing and, in particular, social media. If the name Gary Vaynerchuk is new to you then … Read More

UK Health and Safety Statistics vs Other Countries – What Can We Learn?

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Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

When you look at official health and safety statistics in the UK, the situation appears positive. This particularly applies in relation to fatality rates which are low compared to historical levels. What is the real position, though, and how does the UK compare with other countries? The issue you face when considering this question comes down to the use of … Read More

British Sugar – Health & Safety Refined

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British Sugar Logo

In the last few posts we’ve explored the role of corporate governance in health and safety and explored the impact this has on work related stress as well as the abnormalities of higher employee fatality rates compared with contractors. In the last post we delved into the health and safety related corporate governance of Sainsbury’s. In our experience companies with … 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

The Impact of Corporate Governance on UK Health and Safety

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Corporate Governance

Do British companies take health and safety seriously enough at board level? Do companies believe it requires board level leadership and strategic direction or do they think it’s an operational issue? Are companies serious about effecting cultural change or do they pay lip service and tick boxes when it comes to health and safety? These are all important questions, so … Read More

Study Claims Asbestos Substitute Kills Too!

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Asbestos News Update

That and other asbestos stories in this news round up of all things asbestos… The presence of asbestos in our schools and other public buildings continues to make the news. At least the local, if not the national news. Two schools were closed in Shefford, Bedfordshire this week due to an asbestos risk arising from the demolition of the old … Read More

UK Health & Safety – How Are We Really Doing?

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uk health & safety - what's really going on?

With the recent release of the provisional figures for fatal injuries arising from accidents at work in Great Britain 2017 and being a month on from the awful disaster at Grenfell Tower, it seemed appropriate to take a moment to review the state of UK Health & Safety. What do the statistics tell us? What does the behaviour of the … Read More

Are Employees Really Safer Than Contractors?

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Are Contractors Really Safer Than Employees?

In our recent post, Contractor Management – Way More Than Orientation, we introduced the steps required to keep contractors safe while working in your facilities and highlighted why your duty of care goes much further than contractor orientation. We did this within the context of the higher fatality rates experienced by UK self-employed people (0.79 per 100,000) compared with employees … Read More