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Case studies: Successful leadership

There are many benefits to be gained from successful leadership in health and safety, as these case studies show.

Case study - North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust

The board found itself facing service improvement targets. Using new corporate and clinical guidance, it set about taking a 'whole systems' approach to managing corporate risk, giving one of its directors responsibility for the leadership of health and safety for the first time. Health and safety was also made a key item on the board agenda.

This has resulted in a much better integrated health and safety management system that increases the opportunity to identify and manage all corporate risks, and a much more open culture, improving reporting and monitoring. The board actively promotes a culture that gives staff the confidence to report incidents. This has resulted in:

Case study - British Sugar

The company had an excellent safety record and had no indication of the devastating events that were to happen – in one year three deaths occurred. Although health and safety had always been a business priority, a change in focus was needed to achieve behavioural change. This included:

Results include:

Case study – Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service

To give health and safety a high priority, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service recognised that it was critical for its leadership to demonstrate to its staff that accountability for health and safety was a fundamental element in the success of its overall service delivery. The director of service policy and planning was nominated as the health and safety director for the service in order to clearly define the importance this subject held within the organisation. The director implemented a revised health and safety framework, which included a programme of fire station visits to engage the workforce, and placed a renewed emphasis on improving incident reporting, investigation and monitoring procedures. The service has reported:

Case study – Sainsbury's

An external health and safety audit identified a need to develop a unified approach, and also recommended more direction from the board, to develop an effective strategy.

The result was a radical revision of the company's approach, including:

This has resulted in:

Institute of Directors Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland
Updated 2013-01-17