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October 30, 2017

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Webinar: How do we get business to “own” health and safety

Health and safety is often allowed to become silo-ed, outside of the running of the organisation, with the health and safety person seen as being responsible for it.

Dame Judith Hackitt is a passionate advocate of business owning health and safety and of the debunking of complexity.

In this Barbour webinar she joins together with Andrew Sharman to explain how you can lead and manage health and safety efficiently and effectively by sharing with you just what your MBA should have taught you about workplace health & safety.

Topics covered:

  • How to get the balance just right for your organization
  • As a leader how to create safety in a way that returns rapid and significant value
  • The ‘triple bottom line’ and what this means for people, planet and profit.


Moderator: Heather Beach, Managing Director, The Healthy Work Company

Heather Beach is the founder and Managing Director of The Healthy Work Company. She has been running businesses in the health and safety community for over 20 years. Having started in information services – running the first available health and safety service from HSE on CD-ROM at SilverPlatter, she moved to Barbour and then to Safety and Health Expo, SHP and IOSH conference.

Heather is a specialist in organisational cultural change. A qualified coach, she and her partners and associates are committed to transforming the way in which the health and safety profession is viewed by the general public. The founder of Women in Health and Safety and the Barbour webinar series – which attracts 3000 attendees a month, Heather continues to partner with UBM to deliver these.

PresenterDame Judith Hackitt, Chair of EEF and SEMTA, EEF and SEMTA

Dame Judith Hackitt is an engineer and spent the first two decades of her career working in the chemical industry running high hazard operations where safety was fundamental and she learned first-hand the importance of strong leadership in creating the right safety culture.

In 2007 she became Chair of the Health and Safety Executive and spent almost 9 years in this role campaigning for a proportionate and sensible approach to health and safety at a time when the very phrase “elf n safety” was associated with restricting people’s freedom and stopping people living their lives.  Dame Judith stepped down as Chair of HSE in 2016 and immediately began work on writing “Mind Your Own Business” with Andrew Sharman.Judith is now Chair of EEF, the Manufacturing Organisation and of SEMTA. She is a non-Executive Director of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. Dame Judith is also currently engaged in leading an independent review of building and fire regulations for UK Government.

Professor Andrew Sharman, International Consultant

Professor Andrew Sharman CFIOSH FinstLM FIIRSM is an international consultant specializing in developing culture and leadership for FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 organizations and NGOs in more than 100 countries around the world. Beyond his day-job Andrew teaches leadership and safety culture at the European Centre for Executive Development on the INSEAD campus in Paris, France.  He’s also Vice President of IOSH, and Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Institute of Leadership & Management.

Andrew’s first book From Accidents to Zero: A Practical Guide to Improving Your Workplace Safety Culture is a global best-seller with over 25,000 copies sold.  His latest book – Mind Your Own Business: What Your MBA Should Have Taught You about Workplace Health & Safety – co-authored with Dame Judith Hackitt has been commended for its provocative and persuasive take on safety leadership.

Far from being risk-averse, Andrew loves adventure sports including free-flying, sea kayaking and swimming with sharks, using these pursuits to explore and communicate the nature of risk and safety.

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