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Sometimes you just have to Stop

We have found this article written by Wayne J. Harris who is a international health and safety practitioner. For the full article you need to click on the link below. It raises the importance of stopping unsafe acts and should be communicated to all managers and supervisors. This is a wake up call to take notice and be proactive in the workplace.

Sometimes you just have to stop

How often do we see people walk by unsafe acts or conditions without saying a word? Well it might be more prevalent than you imagine.

People will always have different attitudes towards safety and how much risk they are willing to accept. However at any point of time you might find yourself in a situation where you personally have to take direct intervention to stop an unsafe act taking place.

So what do you do, when you have to tell someone that you think they are working unsafely, or they are not following safety procedures for the job. Now this could be an employee or contractor, so regardless of whom the individual maybe you still have to intervene.


ISQEM upload new Strategic management documents

ISQEM have always been very active in sharing valuable insights to the world of safety management.  Having just visited their website I come across 2 papers concerning Strategic Safety management.  All I can say is great job ISQEM, you have managed to explain the principals and philosophy behind corporate business strategy.

What I like about these articles is the way they have been written in simple to understand chunks of information.  They have managed to explain the 3 levels of strategic management which I’m sure many people was not aware existed. By analysing this info anyone can take this and put into real operational practice.

ISQEM are going to be issuing a third article in this a trilogy of documents. So make sure that you keep an eye on them as they continue to impress the safety profession.



How to write a safety blog post.

Safety Blogger ISQEM
August, 2013

Nowadays anybody can establish and run a safety blog on the internet. There has definitely been an increase over the last 3 to 5 years for businesses and private bloggers to use the internet to promote themselves, share experiences, and build relationships. But what exactly makes an interesting safety blog post? Let us take a look at some general aspects that will help people make a great blog post.

Be Original in you subject matter

Now we all know that originality is the holy grail of blogging and in safety blogs that is without doubt the most important aspect of any post. It is evident that everyone needs to read up and research a topic before posting content in a blog. Although a very informal tone is often used for writing safety blogs, one still needs to ensure that the posts are professional written and based on good safety research or personal work based experiences. Remember the main reasons people visit safety blogs is to learn new techniques or explore different approaches to managing health and safety.

Content of a Safety Blog Posting

We have all heard it many times that content is King. Your blog site depends on readers returning and promoting your site for you, so every effort should be made to make the safety post as interesting and engaging as possible. When it comes to blog subjects it’s best to keep off any controversy, especially the political, religious or moral subject matters. Remember we are talking about safety blogs so no need to wind people up or make personal attacks.

What Language should you use?

Blogs can be written in any language but still the most common used language on the Internet and in the business world remains English. Therefore, the emphasis is not in terms of which language is suitable for writing the safety blog but rather in terms of the grammar, spelling and use of simple English words. Remember 400 – 700 words are ideal for a blog posting.


The heart and soul of a safety blog comes down to the way it is presented. It is important to attract your readers and keep their attention. The first thing they will notice is you post title, so make sure it is an attention grabber. Also in order to make a good presentation the post should be readable and therefore using the right font style and size is vital. In addition consider the use of safety graphics or images which can help emphasize the topic of the post.

Make sure that any posts you submit to sites are written in your own words, as plagiarism is always frowned upon. If you do use someone else’s comments or blog posting always make sure that you give reference and links back to the original author.

Keep on blogging everyone.

Failing to communicate in OHS


We have to accept that many managers are uncomfortable in social work situations and naturally avoid safety communication with their employees, especially when the communication is on a subject which is unfamiliar or confrontational. We have to assist the people who may struggle to communicate with employees and make sure they are trained and supported and given the right tools for safety communication.

The health and safety of today’s organizations especially during a struggling economic environment depends on the widespread dissemination of OHS information. Although most employees are fine with emails or newsletters, some of your employees may need to have more verbal communication.

The upside to verbal communication is that it is a two-way process allowing for a more open and focused discussion and sharing of safety information, but you also hear what they have to say. Safety communication must be structured and incorporated into daily work activities and it must be factual and precise to make sure the message is accepted by everyone.

Safety Strategic Management Certification – New Course now launched

Safety Strategic Management

ISQEM have developed a unique course dealing with Safety Strategic Management developed by some of the worlds leading and successful International health and safety professionals.

This course will be available around the world with very limited places. The training course / workshop are being run in the UK, Middle East, India, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, USA, and South Africa by top industry professionals.

This is one event that you seriously need to attend if you’re looking at securing a senior level position in health and safety management or just updating your corporate management skills.  The events are being presented by high level working professionals, so that you gain valuable insights to corporate management and make valuable future networking contacts,  You will need to book up fast to secure your place as there are a strict limited number of delegates allowed per course.

Now’s the time to make you future a success, take the most important step  of your career

The great news is that ISQEM will offering a discount to people who sign up in 2013 as part of their associations corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme.  This is the opportunity to update your skills set and help improve your future employment opportunities. Be one of the few who will hold this management certification and stand out as a true professional.

Having spoken to ISQEM, they have specifically stated that it is important that future and present leaders of safety or OHS gain the proper knowledge and experiences within the safety industry.  The Safety Strategic Management Course will take you to the next level that will help make you one of the best in the industry.

If you would like to take part in this fantastic programme contact Mike Wilson for further details at:

OHS Management is not Leadership

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We often hear people discussing making changes within an organisation; however in reality change is not always achieved to everyone’s expectations. The trouble is people often forget the basic differences between management and leadership. So to get it down to basics, we have to understand the fundamental difference between OHS management and change leadership:

Management; is the functional process that makes people and OHS systems work together. It involves
• Planning and budgeting OHS resources
• Control, risk identification and problem solving
• Organising and staffing
• Taking OHS legislation, procedures and systems and imbedding them into day to day operations.

Change Leadership; from a safety point of view is a process of social influence, the sole aim is to maximise the efforts of others, towards the achievement of a common goal. A successful leader understands that
• Leadership stems from social and group influence, not authority or power by title or position.

• Leadership requires others to follow; people do they don’t need to be under someone’s direct control or for that matter in the same company to follow a leader.

• Creating a realistic and sustainable OHS vision and strategy.

• Understanding that setting targets is not always the answer, A very common mistake made by organisations is setting accident frequency rates ”AFR’s” as a target, One tip, never do this, you will open yourself up to ridicule if you fail to meet the target.

• Motivating action by communicating, trust, respect, integrity, and sensitivity.

• Aligning people’s expectations, personal and business.

So why do we still have a problem with achieving positive change?

Most of the time, organisations are abundantly overstaffed with functional managers working in discipline silos, but lack a sufficient number of leaders to help them combat the needs of constant change in today’s business environment. Organisations must ensure they identify and utilise prospective OHS leaders who are able to meet challenges today as well as in the future. When a company exists without true leadership, the company is often unable to make any substantial change.

In my next article I will be expanding on safety leadership and how management change can be achieved and most importantly continually improved as a company grows,

Wayne Harris Chairman of ISQEM

Wayne Harris
Chairman of ISQEM

How can someone reach the top of the profession and become a leader in OHS?

Mentor ISQEM

During my travels I’m often asked the question “how can someone reach the top in our profession and be recognised as a leader of OHS”. I have listed below the top ten things that I recommend to people who either work for me, or I have mentored.

1. Think outside of the box and challenge normal ways of doing EHS.
2. Make sure you do not stagnate in one industry sector, be diverse and learn.
3. Think, act and talk like a businessman as well as an EHS professional.
4. Learn skills such as marketing, Public Relations, HR and finance.
5. Create your own personal image to reflect what you want to achieve.
6. Network at the right levels of the profession.
7. Visibility, get known locally and internationally.
8. Keep your knowledge up to date with latest trends, good and bad ones.
9. Seek and take advice when you need it
10. Always remember it takes a team to really make a success, so never claim you did it all yourself.

I know we can add all types of other attributes and values we need to adopt such as, communication, trust, respect, integrity, sensitivity etc., what people need to do is look at how they are perceived by others.

One of the main problems I have come across for people failing to progress in this industry is that they are out of date with business needs and the commercial world. In today economic climate OHS professionals need to bring true business added value to their organisation. Make sure you join ISQEM and be part of a growing international professional body that is both dynamic and inspirational.

Wayne Harris Chairman of ISQEM

Wayne Harris
Chairman of ISQEM