Editor, Safety & Health Practitioner

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Ian joined UBM in 2018 as the Online Editor of Safety & Health Practitioner. Ian studied journalism at university before spending seven years in online fantasy gaming.

Prior to moving to UBM, Ian worked in business to business trade print media, in the automotive sector. He was Online Editor and then moved on to be the Editor of two publications aimed at independent automotive technicians and parts distributors.

December 5, 2018

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What impact are client requirements currently having on health and safety?

In the latest of it’s Safety Bytes videos, Irwin & Colton meets Steve Hails, Director of Health, Safety & Wellbeing at Tideway.

Steve Hails has been a leader on some of the UK’s largest construction projects including Crossrail and currently Tideway. He is a key speaker at many health and safety events, helping to raise issues of health in construction. In this interview, Steve talks about the impact which clients have on health, safety and wellbeing. He believes that “clients have an essential role to play in setting the bar.”

The impact clients have on setting expectations is varied and mixed,” he continued. “I think raising the bar is essential, but where we are falling short is the lack of consistency, and that lack of consistency is creating inefficiencies within the supply chain.”

Steve goes on to talk about how behavioural safety programmes are not working as well as they could do. He says that they are: “A bit like health and safety passports and CSCS cards. They’ve kind of just grown with time, and we haven’t again embraced that to have a consistent approach. So that’s certainly one area where I think we’ve got a lot of work to do.”

The interview culminates with some advice from Steve on whether practitioners should consider a behavioural safety programme within their business.


Irwin & Colton is a specialist Health and Safety recruitment company, based in the South East of England and recruit across the UK. They recruit all roles in the health and safety industry from Health and Safety Advisor, through to Health and Safety Director positions.

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Barbour Download: Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace

According to Barbour, almost a third of workers have been bullied and half of women, and a fifth of men, have been sexually harassed at work. Bullying and harassment is offensive or insulting behaviour that makes someone feel intimidated. It may involve the abuse of power by one person over another, or it can involve groups of people.

This free employee factsheet contains:

  • What is bullying and harassment?
  • The impact of bullying;
  • The role of an employer;
  • Advice for combatting bullying;
  • Actions to take;
  • Sources of help and information.

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Steve as always delivers a very reasoned approach. Having worked with him at Siemens nearly 10 years ago, his ethos was and still is, from listening to the byte, balanced.