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December 2019

The switch to electric

A trial using electric and hybrid plant on a sensitive central London construction site has cut the risk of work-related injuries and brought wider environmental benefits

The end of another year
The end of another year

We’re reaching the end of another momentous year for IOSH. We’re also on the threshold of our 75th anniversary. Both are chances to celebrate our profession and learn and grow together.

A higher water mark

Six years after the launch of Forth Ports’ Safety F1rst strategy, the operator is deploying a soft-skills approach to take consultation to a new level

The art of true leadership

As colleagues were preparing for the future leaders event (p 28) I was reminded of Lao-Tzu, an ancient Chinese philosopher, who said, “A leader is best when people barely know he exists… when his work is done, his aim f ...

Feeling the heat

Sensory elements such as smell and heat now feature in immersive technologies for safety training. The author reports on their impact and test-drives one of them.

Andrew Hopkins (shop.wolterskluwer.com.au) AUS$95 approx to UK (including p&p)
Organising for Safety: how structure creates culture

Andrew Hopkins, whose name is synonymous with process safety, has written extensively about the causes of major accidents in the oil, gas and mining sectors, as well as aviation and transport. His erudite analyses of Deepwater Horizon, Texas City and Longford, among others, underline his outstanding contributions to safety at work that resonate globally.  

Jason A Maldonado (crcpress.com) £38.39 hardback, £11.90 e-book
A Practical Guide to the Safety Profession: the relentless pursuit

The idiom to never judge a book by its cover means not to prejudge the worth or value of something by its outward appearance alone. 

Staying on track

The UK’s rail network is one of the safest in the world – yet there are worrying indications that this record is under threat.

U is for underlying cause

In C is for Causality we questioned the nature of causality. When Fred trips on building materials across the path while making a phone call, did the obstacle cause the trip or was Fred’s inattention the cause?

Standing out in the crowd

How to develop an effective mentoring partnership and the power skills that OSH professionals will require to wield influence in the boardroom and beyond were among the topics covered at the inaugural future leaders conference