3rd Edition

Talking Health, Safety and Wellbeing Building an Empowering Culture in a Post-COVID World

By Tim Marsh Copyright 2022
    142 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    142 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The book considers what makes an excellent face-to-face health and safety contact in the workplace, and why these contacts are a fundamental building block of any strong, caring, and empowering workplace culture. It stresses the vital importance of inquiry, empathy, and analysis in understanding what employees need to mitigate risk factors around safety and mental health.

    This revised and updated edition includes empowering methodologies that directly address mental health and well-being issues and the challenges organisations face in a post COVID19 era. The reader will gain an understanding of the day-to-day mechanisms of why “culture is king” and how everyone contributes every-day to this truism. This book covers how interactions regarding leadership and teamwork directly lead to the amount of human error and fallibility an organisation can expect to need to manage, and how taking proactive, analytical, and empowering approaches to safety and health is key to identifying and mitigating risks.

    Talking Health, Safety and Wellbeing explains why it is so important to talk about health and safety issues proactively. Written in an accessible and engaging manner, this book is an ideal read for any frontline supervisor, HR manager, mental health first aider, safety rep, or company director.

    Preface; Two Stories and a Case Study by Way of Introduction; Introduction; Section I: A Little Theory; Chapter 1: Why Bother?; Chapter 2: Safety and Health Excellence (Is Just Excellence); Section II: Safety and Health Contacts; Chapter 3: Introduce Yourself and Set the Tone; Chapter 4: Analysis; Chapter 5: Coaching; Chapter 6: Eliciting a Promise (?); Chapter 7: Close Out; Conclusion; Appendix 1: Final Checklist; Appendix 2: Suggested Basic Seven-Items Checklist; References and Further Reading


    Tim Marsh is considered a world authority on behavioural safety and has worked with over 500 companies worldwide including Shell, Pfizer, and BBC. He has delivered dozens of keynote talks all around the world and written several books and hundreds of articles.

    ‘The relationship between worker psychological health and workplace safety has been avoided for far too long by researchers and practitioners alike. Tim’s blue pie model describes this relationship in a way that is easy to understand. People looking for the next “step-change” in safety can use it to address the psychological health of the workforce.’
    Joelle Mitchell
    , Producer, Psych Health and Safety Global Podcast

    ‘For many years “safety” has been singularly analogous with improving “health and safety” performance. When the reality is – as Tim portrays so effectively in his books and talks – is that only by adopting a holistic approach to reducing risk; addressing human behaviours and wellbeing, can we truly deliver sustainable and optimal performance.’
    Steve Booker, Former Global Head of Risk, CBRE Data Centre Solutions

    ‘When I first read Talking Health, Safety and Wellbeing it spoke to me; Tim articulates this complex area in a user-friendly way. As a result, during mental health awareness week we engaged Tim to present to our teams, supply chain and key clients and contacts. The presentation was thoroughly engaging and did justice to this hugely important topic; linking mental health and human behaviours to safety. It sparked debate, reflection and most importantly, raised awareness. I thoroughly recommend Tim’s human-centred, impactful, holistic and integrated approach to addressing the major causes of human error.’
    Laura Thomas, Legal and QHSE Director, Jackson Civil Engineering

    ‘Tim’s unique writing style makes his content utterly compelling and engaging to all. You always come away asking yourself questions about what you have read and are left wanting more.’
    Ian Hart, Editor, Safety and Health Practitioner