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June 28, 2023

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SHP PODCAST: ‘Curiosity leads to innovation’ – Rachel Butler on working in health and safety

In this episode, SHP’s Rhianna Sexton, caught up with Rachel Butler, who is Head of Health, Safety and Risk at property development company, Bruntwood, on her current role and how she got into health and safety from early beginnings in the construction industry.

Rachel discusses her journey moving up in health and safety, the importance of questioning the way things are ‘always’ done, the challenges during the pandemic on construction sites, and calls to advocate health and safety in universities to emphasise how diverse the role can be through graduate schemes.

Further listening: The importance of establishing good relationships in safety

After developing her skills, experience and gaining qualifications in Occupational Health and Safety, Rachel became the youngest chartered female fellow of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health in the world in January 2022.

She is also a NEBOSH Ambassador, and champions schemes such as Safety4Good.

At the end of the podcast, Rachel adds in a few more comments on talent shortage, qualifications and mental health in construction.

Employing over 800 people, Bruntwood has over £1.4bn in assets and more than 100 properties across Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and Birmingham, providing office, coworking, retail and lab spaces.

Rachel is also on SHP’s Editorial Board which you can read more about here.

Have a read here of Rachel’s article with us on the change of health and safety role.

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