Download: Steve Perkins “Is health and safety toxic?”
In a deliberately provocative talk at Safety & Health Expo Steve Perkins, chief executive of BOHS, questioned whether the term ‘health and safety’ has become dangerous for the profession.
Having focused on safety for so long, and so successfully, health has been left behind, said Steve. Yet by calling it ‘health and safety’ it’s been easy for businesses to feel that they have been paying attention to both equally.
So how did we get here? Perkins said that we have put safety first. This was the right thing to do, given the amount of injuries that were occurring, but we need to stop treating health and safety as if they are the same. Instead we should value health as we do safety.
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