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Leadership key to health and safety
Article Type: Resources From: Strategic HR Review, Volume 9, Issue 5
Julie Nerney, British Safety Council chief executive, said: “The British Safety Council has and will continue to play a full part in promoting leadership and active worker involvement and building competence across the workforce. We are certain that the goals that have been set for preventing workplace injury and ill health will not be met without strong and effective leadership, a workforce that is actively engaged in managing risks and is competent to do so.”
The Health and Safety Leadership conference was the British Safety Council’s first specifically dedicated to exploring the role of leadership in the promotion of a positive workplace health and safety culture. The conference attracted a raft of delegates and speakers, spanning industry sectors and representing numerous stakeholder groups, from union and business leaders to educators.
Speaking at the conference, Bud Hudspith, health and safety adviser at the Unite union, said the conference played a key part in delivering the health and safety message: “From my point of view good leadership helps promote not only worker involvement, but the recognition of safety representatives and trade unions in the workplace, particularly since it’s well proven now that trade union workplaces are safer workplaces than non-union workplaces.”
He said while he had attended similar, industry-specific, conferences in the past, the British Safety Council’s event was the first health and safety leadership conference to span all industries.
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A copy of the British Safety Council’s report is available online at: www.britsafe.org