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September 2019

The business book club: Out of The Crisis by W. Edwards Deming

Considered by many as the “father of quality”, William Edwards Deming said that, for organisations to succeed, they need only two things: commitment, and an ability to open up to new thinking.

Alex Guild, CMIOSH, Process safety team lead, Chevron

I’ve been interested in flying since I was a boy. At the end of my second year at university I joined its air squadron and clocked up 45 hours’ flying over two years. However, you don’t get a licence at the end. I was offered an RAF commission as an engineer – my degree was in electrical engineering – but not a flying commission, so I took a job with Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI).

Learning from: magicians

The principles behind illusion can help to inspire a safer, healthier working culture so it is worth OSH practitioners knowing some tricks of the trade

The mandatory fitting of a sprinkler system in all new home build


Fit for the future

The Building a Safer Future report proposes reforming the building and fire safety regulatory framework to prevent tragedies like Grenfell Tower occurring again, but what do the changes mean in practice?  

All fired up

Virtual reality technology can be used as a tool to enhance employees’ fire safety awareness

R is for risk homeostasis

In his 1879 publication Notes on Railroad Accidents, Charles Francis Adams describes how a rail company chose not to implement a block protection system because it feared that “those in charge of trains and tracks, who have been educated into a reliance upon it under ordinary circumstances, will, from force of habit if nothing else, go on relying upon it, and disaster will surely follow”.  

On the front burner

The creation of a fire-safe working culture should be a priority for construction firms to prevent life-threatening incidents on sites.

OSH professionals can learn a surprising amount from magicians

We can all learn valuable lessons from others to improve the way we work. One of our regular contributors, Bridget Leathley, has shared some fascinating insights from other professions through her “learning from” series. 

Out of sight is not out of mind

Organisations that do not educate managers on the potential hazards, legal responsibilities and business benefits of effectively managing the safety and health of lone workers can leave these employees vulnerable to harm, isolation and potential violence


In Disastrous Decisions and Failure to Learn Andrew Hopkins presented excellent examples of management making it clear bad news is unwelcome and the importance of a proactive or mindful culture.