Stop doing, start being

First published on Safety Differently A little while ago, I participated in a workshop for CEOs discussing health and safety matters. We did the usual workshop thing of breaking into table discussions and feeding back to the group in time-honoured fashion. It is relatively rare to bring together such a large group of influencers, so…

Stick, Stick, Stick (carrot . . ?)

In August of 2015, a flooring company worker was badly burned when flammable vapour from glue he was using ignited due to another worker nearby using a blow torch. The company was subsequently prosecuted and found guilty under New Zealand legislation. What I found remarkable about this story was not the fact that the hazard…

Attributes of a safety leader

In safety, we often talk about “leadership at all levels” as there are people anywhere within a business that can provide leadership. I have some general misgivings about this. Not as a philosophy, but as a practical reality. It falls under the same umbrella as “empowerment” and the oft-quoted “safety is everyone’s responsibility”. Unfortunately, while noble…

Learning from process safety

This article was first published in New Zealand in the March/April 2016 issue of Safeguard magazine. December 1984. The Union Carbide factory in Bhopal, India released a cloud of methyl isocyanate that spread across the region. The official immediate death toll was 2259. July 1998. An explosion and fire ripped through the Piper Alpha oil platform…