2nd Edition

From Accidents to Zero A Practical Guide to Improving Your Workplace Safety Culture

By Andrew Sharman Copyright 2016

    As leaders increasingly understand the importance of good safety practice to support their business objectives, safety and health practitioners develop better tools and solutions. However, there is still a gulf between these two groups where engagement, communication and shared understanding can be found lacking. From Accidents to Zero opens up the field of safety culture and breaks it down into bite-sized pieces to facilitate new, critical thought and inspire practical action.

    Based on the concept of creating safety, as opposed to just preventing accidents, each of the 26 chapters in this user-friendly book includes explanation, commentary, reflections and practical activities designed to systematically and sustainably improve workplace safety culture. Core topics range from behaviour to values, daily rituals to unsafe acts, felt leadership to trust.

    Andrew Sharman's practical guide blends current academic thinking with authoritative guidance and sets up the opportunity for all parts of the organization to close the gap by providing very clear steps to thinking and acting differently. It sparks insight into how both traditional methods and novel approaches can be brought to life in real world situations. From Accidents to Zero offers a clear route to culture change through over one hundred pragmatic ideas to motivate and lead people, influence behaviour and drive a positive evolution in workplace safety.

    Introduction Foreword Preface Chapter One Accidents Chapter Two Behaviour Chapter Three Culture Chapter Four Daily Rituals Chapter Five Evolution Chapter Six Felt Leadership Chapter Seven Groups Chapter Eight Hawthorne Effect Chapter Nine Inattentional Blindness Chapter Ten Just Culture Chapter Eleven Kahneman Chapter Twelve Leadership Chapter Thirteen Mindfulness Chapter Fourteen Near Misses Chapter Fifteen Observation Chapter Sixteen Performance Chapter Seventeen Quality Chapter Eighteen Risk Chapter Nineteen Safety Chapter Twenty Trust Chapter Twenty One Unsafe Acts Chapter Twenty Two Values Chapter Twenty Three Words Chapter Twenty Four Factor Chapter Twenty Five You Chapter Twenty Six Zero Epilogue


    Andrew Sharman holds masters degrees in international health and safety law and in organizational behaviour. He revels in the interplay between compliance and culture. Over the last two decades he’s guided global leaders in their commitment to zero accidents and towards safety excellence across a range of industry sectors in more than one hundred countries across five continents. With a reputation as a thoughtful, innovative and engaging orator Andrew speaks extensively on the subjects of safety culture, leadership and organizational behaviour with corporations, NGOs and at universities. He has chaired or given keynote papers at more than 200 professional development events around the world including the prestigious TED conferences.

    Andrew is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management, a Fellow of the International Institute of Risk & Safety Management, and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH), the world's largest professional health and safety membership organization, with more than 46,000 members globally. Andrew formerly held the role of Vice Chairman of the Board of IOSH and is currently serving as Vice President.

    ’This is a must read - this book will change your approach to safety forever! Challenges your everyday thinking and provides innovative and proactive methods to truly integrate and embed safety into your company culture.’ Steve Bourke, EHS Director, Owens-Illinois

    ’Take a time-out from the power-point factory today and remind yourself how you can save lives, stop injuries and unlock the potential of your teams to drive a culture shift with this fresh and direct step-by-step user guide.’ Peter McLellan, Global Head of Health & Safety, DHL

    ’A common-sense and thought provoking view deconstructing the mysteries of safety culture and how revitalising the concepts of people making safety personal and actually thinking about safety are vital in modern times. Andrew’s absence of technical jargon, which many safety professionals often love to use, means that this text book is ideal for directors and senior managers to dip into for inspiration, as well as those new to managing and influencing safe behaviours alike in the workplace.’ Ian M.B. Scott, General Manager, Safety, Health and Environment, Balfour Beatty

    ’From Accidents to Zero, inspires Health and Safety professionals to think outside the same old worn out accident prevention methods and look to cutting edge culture-focused strategies. This book is a must-have resource for all Health and Safety professionals interested in achieving new results in the social age.’ Chet Brandon, Vice President Operations, ATI Physical Therapy

    ’From the Jedi Master of safety leadership comes a powerfully positive book on safety culture that points us towards what we can do to really make a difference. Blending out-of-the-box thinking with human applications and psychology this book will transform your safety change effort. Truly stellar.’ Steve Giblin, Group HSSEQ Director, Speedy Services

    'An easy to read and understand book with advice given in a story-telling style that is easy to relate to. This book will help the safety practitioner to change the way they think about, and how they do their work. Helpful and insightful it gives practical examples of what has worked for others whilst allowing the reader to adapt or adopt the ideas to help change the way they think or work. It is an excellent guide for Safety Practitioners in creating their own change, whilst developing sustainable practices.' Tim Briggs, President, Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH)