The Safety & Health Podcast

Safety & Health Podcast

The Safety & Health Podcast dovetails with SHP, the first for health and safety news in the UK, to meet all the content needs of a health and safety professional. We’ll bring you the latest news, insights and legislation updates in the form of interviews, discussions and panel debates from leading figures within the profession.

From working at height, lone working and other common workplace hazards, to safety culture and behaviours, occupational health and mental health & wellbeing, tune in for an easy way to remain up to date on the issues affecting your role.

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Episodes

Episode 11: The Rising Stars of health & Safety

We focus on the SHP Awards and hear from four winners, SHP’s Rising Star UK and Rising Stars in construction and manufacturing and SHP’s Trailblazer in Positive Social Impact. Hear some interesting and innovative safety ideas from the construction and manufacturing sectors and learn how the perceived negative of struggles with mental ill-heath, can be turned into a positive.

Hear from Thomas Dunning, the Mental Health Runner, an award-winning TED speaker, who was named SHP’s Trailblazer in Positive Social Impact and Lucilla Cummings, HSE Improvement Specialist at Travis Perkins, who was the winner of the SHP Award for Rising Star UK.

We then chat to PepsiCo EHS Specialist, Sam Watts, SHP’s Rising Star in Manufacturing, and BAM Construction Training Managing Director, Matthew Durant, who was named SHP’s Rising Star in Construction.

Episode 10: The legalities of returning to work in times of COVID-19

We focus on the latest health & safety legislation updates, particularly around returning to work and the coronavirus vaccination programme. We’ll also hear from SHP’s Most Influential Person in health & safety, Hilda Palmer, and we’ll drop in some clips from a recent roundtable, hosted by SHP, about the role of smart PPE in protecting lone workers.

Turnstone Law Director, Simon Joyston-Bechal, discusses returning to work in times of COVID-19. Simon shares how far you can push the boundaries to get people back into the office lawfully.

Hilda shares her views on the health & safety system in the UK, the importance of protecting workers as they return to the office and talks about her work with Families Against Corporate Killers (FACK).

Episode 9: Work-related stress and the wellbeing of frontline workers

We hear from Peter Kelly, Senior Psychologist for the Health and Safety Executive about work-related stress and Inspector Phil Spencer, Blue Light Programme Co-ordinator at Cleveland Police, discusses the stress of working on the frontline during the pandemic.

Peter Kelly is Senior Psychologist for the Health and Safety Executive, primarily responsible with providing the HSE and the government with advice on work-related stress, mental health and wellbeing. He has also been working closely with the BSI on the new ISO45003 Standard, a voluntary standard which sets out what you need to have in place as an organisation to improve psychological health, safety and wellbeing.

We’re then joined by Inspector Phil Spencer, Cleveland Police’s Blue Light Programme Coordinator & Wellbeing Inspector. Phil has been a key component in driving forward the workplace wellbeing agenda and changing the way mental health is thought about in policing. He has transformed how Cleveland Police supports its staff in better understanding mental health, and how to cope with the trauma and difficulties of the working environment, especially during the pandemic. His work over the last 12 months saw him voted the winner of SHP’s Trailblazer in Workplace Wellbeing Award, in December.

Episode 8: Lessons from Grenfell: Why aren’t we learning?

We hear from Gill Kernick about the pressing need to improve building safety culture post-Grenfell. We then look ahead to 2021 with some news from the Women in Safety & Health Network, plus hear an update on the One Percent Safer Foundation.

Gill Kernick is a Master Consultant at JMJ Associates who specialises in safety leadership and culture. As a former Grenfell resident, moving out three years before the tragedy in 2017, she has been a high-profile voice on the subject. In this episode, she chats to SHP Editor Ian Hart and IFSEC Global Editor James Moore about the pressing need to improve building safety culture and prevent low probability, high consequence events – such as Grenfell – from happening again.

We’re then joined by Heather Beach, Chair of the Women in Health and Safety Network in the UK, to discuss how the pandemic has affected the network, it’s plans for 2021 and how you can get involved. Plus, learn about the new International Women in Safety Coalition.

Finally, Andrew Sharman, Founder and Chairman of One Percent Safer and Malcolm Staves, Corporate Health & Safety Director at L’Oréal, provide an update on the One Percent Safer book, the Foundation and the up-coming conference.

Episode 7: Leadership and safety culture

We revisit two recent SHP webinars and find out whether there is a difference between leadership and safety leadership and how to implement a successful safety culture within an organisation.

In the first part of the episode, the panel look at whether leadership differs from safety leadership and explain how to create leaders within teams and look at the future of the OSH profession and its leaders.

Then, in part two, our panel look at how to create a succesful safety culture and the challenges that come with large, multi-national organisations. They also discuss how to change an organisation’s safety culture and provide some tips for influencing at board level, in order to implement those changes.

Episode 6: IOSH President James Quinn on how coronavirus has affected health and safety in construction and some recruitment tips for job hunting in a pandemic

James Quinn, Senior Health and Safety Manager at Multiplex and Vice-Chair of the IOSH Construction Group, and newly appointed IOSH President, talks about how the pandemic has affected the construction sector and the mental health of those working within it, his work promoting veterans and his plans for his tenure as IOSH President, including how the importance of providing the correct support and guidance people starting out on career in safety. James was recently voted one of the most influential people in health & safety by SHP readers.

We also hear from four recruitment experts, Elliot Fisher from Acre, James Irwin from Irwin and Colton, Phil Muston from Shirley Parsons and Laura Aucott from HSE Recruitment Network, who provide some insight into health & safety recruitment during the pandemic and how it’s changed looking for a new job. The quartet discuss the challenges of job hunting at this time and how to overcome them, tips for interviewing via video or telephone call and advice on how to integrate in a new company and its culture, when you might not have physically been on site or met any of your colleagues when you start.

Episode 5: How coronavirus has affected health & safety in manufacturing

In this episode, hear from Robert Jukes, Health, Safety and Environment Manager at Wax Lyrical and the 2019 SHP Rising Star in Manufacturing and SHP Rising Star UK, as he talks about the challenges the coronavirus pandemic has brought to the manufacturing sector.

Robert’s firm, Wax Lyrical, has remined open throughout the pandemic, pivoting to produce hand sanitizer for the NHS. In this episode, hear Robert speak about his experiences of the last few months, how his year has been as SHP Rising Star in Manufacturing and SHP Rising Star UK, his involvement with the IOSH Future Leaders programme and his plans and goals for 2021.

Episode 4: Health, safety and environmental legislation update

Teresa Higgins and Lisa Lewington from Barbour EHS and Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA, will update you some of the recent health, safety and environmental legislation changes. We’ll also dip in to Barbour’s recent legislation webinar, which featured lawyers Simon Joyston-Bechal and Kizzy Augustin.

You can listen to the webinar in full, hereClick here to download the SHP and Barbour EHS October legislation update eBook. Published in October 2020, it covers coronavirus legislation, Brexit, Grenfell, Fire Safety Bill, Building Safety Bill, environment and much more…

In part two, we pick up on last month’s interview with outgoing IOSH President, Professor Dr Andrew Sharman. Hear Andrew talk about his views on the future of the health and safety professional, his year as IOSH President and what is next for him.

Episode 3: IOSH President Andrew Sharman on making your business 1% safer and how What3Words protects lone workers

Professor Dr Andrew Sharman, Managing Partner of RMS Switzerland, author and President of IOSH shares his experiences of lockdown and talks about his latest book, One Percent Safer, described as an ‘anthology of the world’s best thought leaders, all in one place’.

The book contains 142 chapters, written by 142 different contributors, each one giving their best nugget of wisdom to make your organisation one percent safer.

Then, in the second part of the episode, we speak to Giles Rhys Jones, Chief Marketing Officer at What3Words about how the geocoding system can be used to keep lone workers safe. What3Words is being used by around 80% of the emergency services in the UK to help find an exact location quickly, and also allows lone and remote workers to check in with their employer when they arrive at a job, pinpointing their location to a 3x3m square, anywhere on the planet.

Episode 2: Burnout, stress and being human

Heather Beach is joined by Stacy Thomson to discuss burnout, perfectionism and how to deal with burnout as an individual, as management and as an organisation.

Heather Beach is Founder and Managing Director of The Healthy Work Company. For this episode of the Safety & Health Podcast, Heather sits down with Stacy Thomson, award winning mental health nurse & Cognitive Behavioural Coach, to provide insight on how to tackle burnout and why mental health is such a taboo subject, particularly in the workplace.

To read in more depth about the subject of burnout, read Heather’s SHP article ‘Burnout, stress and being human’, where you can also listen to the rest of this interview, in full.

If you, or anyone you know are suffering from some of the issues mentioned in this episode, please do visit the stress, anxiety and depression section of the NHS website.

Episode 1: SHP’s Most Influential Person in health & safety

In May 2019, Thames Water’s Chief Health, Safety and Security Officer, Karl Simons, was named the Most Influential Person in health & safety by SHP readers.

In this episode, which was due to be released ahead of announcing the shortlist for SHP’s Most Influential for 2020, we caught up with Karl to find out how he felt when he learned of the award and what he has been doing since.

A leading figure within health & safety, Karl discusses his role in lobbying government for changes in the way mental ill health is viewed in the workplace, how Thames reduced work-related illness by 78%, how public perception and accolades help the company and his role in SHP’s Rising Stars initiative.

SHP’s Most Influential for 2020 will be announced in December, following the postponement of Safety & Health Expo to May 2021, due to the coronavirus outbreak.