European Week for Safety and Health at Work: Planning Tips

European Week for Safety and Health at Work: Planning Tips

When you’re planning workplace health and safety activities annually, there will doubtless be a number of standing dates you stick in the diary, around which you can build awareness, campaigns or endeavours, including the fast-approaching European Week for Safety and Health at Work (w/c 22 October 2018).

Comprehensive campaign materials are available free for use at https://healthy-workplaces.eu/en/get-involved/european-week .  Yet, I can’t help but feel something is missing. 

The personal!

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​​​​​​​Why do people think health and safety has gone mad?

​​​​​​​Why do people think health and safety has gone mad?

144 people died at work last year. So said the Health and Safety Executive’s annual fatality statistic report. So it must be true.

I mean, that’s not even 3 people a week. And, in a country with a population in excess of 66 million people, it would barely register as a bar on a graph, or a slither on a pie chart.  

Easy to see then why people:

  • think health and safety’s gone mad;

  • claim health and safety is a burden on business;

  • tout safety regulation as red tape; and

  • see safety rules and procedures as a tiresome impediment to getting a job done. 

Actually, as someone who has lost a brother in a work-related electrocution, I think all of these beliefs could not be further from the truth.

So, why do such attitudes persist?  In part, is it because the general public are not told The Whole Story?  And if they were, what difference would it make?

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Sister's safety video aims to promote positive change

Sister's safety video aims to promote positive change

"What do you want to be when you grow up?" That was the question my 3-year-old posed to me just the other week. 

At school the answer was PE Teacher. I ended up becoming an employment lawyer. 

It's certainly never the case that I wanted to become a workplace health and safety guest speaker when I grew up.  

It surely wouldn't be anyone's aim.  Because becoming such a speaker invariably results from a personal story borne of tragedy.  

In this blog post, Louise explains more about that personal tragedy , and what she seeks to achieve with your help in the year leading up to what should have been her brother's 40th birthday on 18 March 2019.  

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