Bridget Leathley is a freelance health and safety consultant, providing risk management support in facilities, retail and office environments. She delivers face-to-face safety training including IOSH and bespoke courses, and contributes to e-learning courses through evaluations and design work. She has been writing for health and safety publications since 1996.
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On 31 July the Sentencing Council for England and Wales published a new guideline for manslaughter applicable to sentences handed down from 1 November (bit.ly/2wjpijJ). Although not specific to safety and health offences, the guideline is expected to lengthen the sentences received by individuals deemed responsible for gross negligence manslaughter (GNM) after fatal accidents at work. A previous article (bit.ly/2BWXw1J) outlined the starting points and ranges for each level of culpability, from one year for the lowest to 18 years for the highest with maximum aggravating factors.
ETTO – the efficiency-thoroughness trade-off – is an important part of Erik Hollnagel’s Safety II concept (ioshmagazine.com/article/s-safety-ii), which in turn influenced the safety differently approach described by Sidney Dekker and popularised in the UK by John Green, programme HSE director at Battersea Power Station Development Company. And yet, while just cultures, “the curious why” and hindsight bias have become popular ideas, ETTO doesn’t get much coverage.