1st Edition

Naked Safety Exploring The Dynamics of Safety in a Fast-Changing World

By Andrew Sharman Copyright 2019
    358 Pages
    by Routledge

    358 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Workplace safety has never been seen as sexy, clever or cool.

    Fraught with legislative hurdles, ambiguous policy and complex procedures, despite its alleged importance safety has lost its way. For many organisations safety is seen as burdensome and bureaucratic and has become little more than paperwork and performance charts: things done in fear of persecution – from the authorities, the media or the civil arena – rather than doing the right thing.

    To change the game and build real risk literacy, it’s vital to make things easier, to strip things back to basics and think again about how we work. This is Naked Safety.

    Encouraging the reader to step outside their comfort zone, this book demystifies workplace safety, challenging traditional views and catalysing critical thought and high-impact action.

    With narratives on the central pillars of workplace safety including risk management; legal frameworks; performance; governance; leadership and culture, as well as perspectives on key issues that affect safety – and business – more broadly, such as worker wellbeing; employee engagement; the impact of globalisation; corporate social responsibility; sustainability and the role of the safety practitioner, Naked Safety features over 100 actions to bring about positive, sustainable organisational change.

    This book is a useful, multi-purpose guide for professionals; an indispensable toolkit for practitioners, business leaders, and anyone with an interest in workplace risk and Occupational Safety and Health. Let’s get Naked!

    Part 1 – Stripping back. Chapter 1 Introduction. Chapter 2 Globalisation. Chapter 3 The legal landscape. Chapter 4 Governance. Chapter 5 The reality of risk. Chapter 6 The value of safety. Part 2 - Getting down to business. Chapter 7 Corporate culture. Chapter 8 Change. Chapter 9 Safety culture. Chapter 10 Behaviour. Chapter 11 Leadership. Chapter 12 Leading with safety. Chapter 13 Engagement. Part 3 – Looking forward. Chapter 14 The safety practitioner. Chapter 15 Performance measurement. Chapter 16 Health, work and wellbeing. Chapter 17 Sustainability. Chapter 18 Corporate social responsibility. Chapter 19 The future of safety. Chapter 20 Creating safety


    Andrew Sharman teaches leadership and safety culture at the European Centre for Executive Development (CEDEP) in Fontainebleau, France, and consults to Fortune 500 corporations and non-governmental organisations around the world. He is the best-selling author of several books on leadership and safety culture.

    'Working with Andrew was an true invitation and wake up call to make safety part of my life, that safety is not about how to "influence" others but about myself and how I can encourage others to get personally involved. A wake up call and a gift!' — Bernard Vanhecke, Global VP L&D and Talent Management, Bekaert

    'Packed with interesting ideas, no matter where you dip into it. Includes a knockout first chapter showing how globalization has affected the health and safety of workers in both developed and underdeveloped societies.' — Emeritus Professor Andrew Hopkins, Australian National University

    'In this book Andrew continues his personal quest to change perceptions about workplace health and safety. His passion for making health and safety a positive business driver shines through in this new take which strips back the confusion and gets down to the real basic fundamentals.' — Dame Judith Hackitt DBE FREng, former Chair of HSE

    'Andrew’s books are a breath of fresh air, through his provoking style (just look at the title) his strength is to bring a breadth of experience and scientific background to a pragmatic, business oriented way forward that helps you to make a difference and create safety! You may like it or not, I like it!' — Philippe Buyze, Global VP, Leadership and Organizational Development, Bekaert

    'Who knew Health & Safety could be so interesting?! Naked Safety is a refreshing read on a crucial subject and proves that "good safety" is indeed "good business". It shifts the focus of OHS from process to outcomes; freeing up managers to make decisions that will achieve better results for their people and their organisation. And it is a cracking read to boot.' — Campbell Macpherson, Author of The Change Catalyst 2018 Business Book of the Year