Tag: Leadership

Are You Leading or Managing?

Are you clear on the difference between the two? Managing is about doing things right. The emphasis: efficiency. Whatever it is that needs to be done, the utilisation of management techniques will get it done faster. It’s tactical. It asks “how can we achieve xyz?” Leadership is about doing the right things. The emphasis: effectiveness.

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What IS Health and Safety Culture?

Every group of people develops a ‘culture’. In an organisation with a good safety culture everyone puts health and safety high on the list and adopts the same positive attitudes to health and safety. This influences the ways in which individuals in the group handle new events and decisions. Safety culture has been defined as

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Roles and Responsibilities of Employers, Directors and Managers

The Robens Report (1972) recommended a broad goal setting, non-prescriptive model of health and safety legislation based on the view that “those that create risk are best placed to manage it”. The Report also considered that the promotion of safety and health was an essential function of day-to-day good management and that it should not

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How Health and Safety Management Systems Work

The main components of a Health and Safety Management System (HSMS) include both policy – a ‘mission statement’ for health and safety that provides a mechanism for management control and accountability – and arrangements for implementation, monitoring (including audit) and continual improvement. Formalising these arrangements removes the potential arbitrariness of processes developed by a few

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The Benefits of a Health and Safety Management System

The main components of a Health and Safety Management System (HSMS) include both policy – a ‘mission statement’ for health and safety that provides a mechanism for management control and accountability – and arrangements for implementation, monitoring (including audit) and continual improvement. Formalising these arrangements removes the potential arbitrariness of processes developed by a few

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Moral expectations of good standards of health and safety

Society exerts pressure through three overlapping and interacting spheres of influence: moral, legal and financial.     Moral Drivers Morals are the codes of conduct, or rules of behaviour imposed by a society regarding what is right and wrong. For people to be killed, or seriously injured, or to suffer illness as a consequence of

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Urgent or Important?

If your struggling in terms of not having enough time to do the things you need to do, try prioritising all of your tasks according to their urgency and/or importance. A ringing telephone might seem urgent, but calls are usually not important. Delegate this stuff. Surfing sites like Facebook etc. is neither urgent or important.

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It’s never happened before!

It’s never happened before! I’ve encountered a worrying amount of supposedly intelligent managers who choose to ignore certain hazards based on that logic! The fact that it’s never happened before is no guarantee that it’s never going to happen, is it? You may never previously have had a fire on the premises, but I would

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