Successful organisations understand that sensible and proportionate risk management is integral to delivering their business. This approach supports growth, enables innovation and protects an organisation’s most vital asset, its people. Positive outcomes can include reduced sickness absence, lower costs and a good reputation. Promoting this compelling business case should help even more businesses to make the most of the many benefits a good health and safety culture can bring.
Sharing examples of practice, supported by targeted, relevant advice and information will allow the system to set a common understanding of what proportionate health and safety looks like. Health and safety professionals have an important role to play. Helping businesses of all sizes get it right in an efficient and effective way will build trust and improve standards.
This new approach is engaging the next generation of young people in health and safety. It was developed by students at colleges in partnership with leading health and safety industry specialists and supporters, including Safety Groups UK.
Apprentices learn about occupational health risks, helping embed an understanding of key risks and ways of committing them to their long-term memory. They were given control over how they learned and recorded their discoveries. The students designed posters and created documentary films using their mobile phones to demonstrate what they had learned about occupational health risks. They shared their discoveries via social media with other students at colleges around the world.
The approach works because learning is enhanced and retained for longer if it happens in a fun way. This involves a variety of different learning experiences, such as listening, reading, audiovisual, demonstrations, discussion groups and practice by doing. The intention is that the students will take the good practices they have learned into workplaces when they go into industry.