1st Edition

World Class Health and Safety The professional's guide

By Richard Byrne Copyright 2016
    220 Pages
    by Routledge

    220 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Getting your qualification is just the start of the safety professional’s journey towards effective workplace practice. World Class Health and Safety doesn’t repeat the whys and whats of health and safety management, instead it is a helpful how-to guide for newly qualified and experienced health and safety professionals to get the best out of their knowledge, experience and the people they work with. This book is filled with practical examples that bring the subject to life, covering the skills and techniques you need to be a leader of safety, overcome inaction and make lasting positive changes to safety performance and culture – enabling more people to go home safe every day. World Class Health and Safety teaches the reader to:

    • work efficiently and effectively with senior managers and budget holders to implement the wider corporate social responsibility agenda
    • emphasize the ‘value-added’ benefits of good health and safety management clearly and simply
    • create effective and engaging training
    • use monitoring and audits to get the best out of the resources available

    World Class Health and Safety is essential reading for those wishing to invest in their own professional development, to communicate effectively and to understand and deliver safety in the wider business context, wherever in the world they might be working.

    Foreword, Introduction, Part I: Understanding the Climate, 1. Clipboard and Cagoule, 2. Corporate Responsibility, Safety and Business Activities, Part II: Leadership and Management Skills for Safety Professionals, 3. Creating a Safety Strategy and Work Plan, 4. Communicating Safety, 5. Effective Safety Training, 6. Developing Effective Health and Safety Management Systems and Safe Systems of Work, 7. A Model for Auditing, 8. Developing a Business Case, 9. Report Writing and Presentation Skills, 10. Managing Conflict, 11. Problem Solving and Making Effective Decisions, 12. Managing Change, 13. Managing Projects, 14. Efficiently Using Your Time, 15. Coaching, Part III: Overcoming Inaction, 16. Getting Smarter, 17. The Law of Diffusion on Innovation, 18. Transactional Analysis, Part IV: Engagement Tools, 19. Business Leaders and Senior Managers, 20. Middle and Junior Managers, 21. Front Line Managers and Employees, Part V: Keeping Going, 22. Developing Your Career in Safety, 23. Maintaining Your Drive.


    Richard Byrne is Health and Safety Director for the Contract Merchanting Division of Travis Perkins plc and has previously worked in health and safety positions for some of the UK’s largest organisations, including the Midlands Co-op, Royal Mail Group, ATS Euromaster and Network Rail. A chartered member of IOSH and associate member of IEMA, Richard is a well-known speaker, contributor to health and safety periodicals, and thought leader in the areas of safety leadership, behavioural safety and culture change.

    'Richard’s highly informative and engaging articles for SHP have helped thousands of health and safety practitioners fine-tune their approach to implementing health and safety and encouraged them to think about ways to influence and inspire their workforce.'

    Roz Sanderson, digital editor, SHP Online

    'He offers how-to guidelines that will enable the safety and health adviser with limited experience of working with outside training consultants, or making a cost-benefit case for an improvement initiative, or dealing with serious conflict with fellow managers to set off in the right direction, and hopefully reach good outcomes, both for the organisation and its OSH standards. This he does superbly, hence my verdict: an outstanding book; highly recommended.'

    Paul Smith MA CFIOSH, former Health and Safety Executive inspector, IOSH Magazine