Author:andrew-sharman

More of the same?

More of the same? 16th Jun 2021 Occupational safety and health (OSH) practitioners today are operating in a young profession that has witnessed significant and fast-paced change. In this, the first of a three-part series, Professor ANDREW SHARMAN discusses the evolution of the role from safety officer to safety practitioner, and explores what the changing world of work means for those in the profession today. Back to the future It’s 1975, a time of high political pressure, and workplace democracy […]

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Andrew tells all

Andrew tells all 6th May 2021 For this issue, professor Andrew Sharman replies to some tough and important questions from Neels Nortjé, CEO of Saiosh. The questions have been segmented into the various categories that are often discussed within this column. Changing perspectivesQ: The Covid-19 pandemic has shed light on our reliance on essential workers in the healthcare, food and beverage and transportation sectors. How do you think the experiences of these workers during the pandemic will influence how organisations […]

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O brave new world

O brave new world 24th Feb 2021 Professor Andrew Sharman reflects on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and navigates a way forward for OSH professionals who wish to lead their organisations towards significant and sustainable safety improvement. What a year 2020 was! The pandemic thrust us into an unprecedented crisis, disrupting global networks and creating new challenges within workplaces for organisations around the world. In practice, the early stages of a crisis can affect leaders in two ways: first, […]

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Happy and here

A new arc for safety 10th Mar 2021 In an always-on world, it’s often easier to identify feelings of distress and unhappiness rather than their positive counterparts. Many people find it easier to declare, “I’m pissed off!” than to say, “I’m happy”. Professor Andrew Sharman reflects on the science of happiness. Happiness is a hard topic to pin down. After all, what makes you happy may not make others happy. According to Aristotle: “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose […]

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A little goes a long way

A little goes a long way 8th Oct 2020 Professor Dr Andrew Sharman challenges the way we’ve been looking at safety performance and offers an alternative approach to driving significant and sustainable safety improvement. A common mantra is, “Good safety is good business” – but how do we quantify the value that good safety performance brings? A common method is to measure the number of accidents that occur. According to research by the International Labour Organization and the US National Safety […]

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A brave new world

A brave new world 17th Aug 2020 Professor Dr Andrew Sharman, global thought leader, safety culture expert and president of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), discusses leadership lessons from the coronavirus pandemic and highlights how you can create a culture of care in a post-pandemic world First, I sincerely hope that this message finds you and your loved ones healthy, safe and coping as well as you possibly can as the pandemic continues. Wherever you are, for […]

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Selling safety

Can ideas that work well in the world of sales be applied to improving health and safety performance in the workplace? ANDREW SHARMAN and DARREN SUTTON outline some concepts The frenzy which surrounded recent Black Friday sales across the world got us thinking: what if we sold safety in the same way? What could we learn from some of the very best marketing campaigns to influence people to take better care of themselves and others, every moment of every day? […]

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It’s how we behave

Behaviour is increasingly viewed as a solution to safety. Andrew Sharman reviews 500 years of science to explore the development of behaviour-based safety and suggests a more holistic approach to improving safety culture in the workplace Think about the last time you were in a bad mood. Perhaps something didn’t go as planned at work. Maybe a cross word with your partner at home or the kids didn’t tidy up.  How did you behave? Did you slam the door as […]

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I’d like to teach the world…

How can we implement more effective learning and continuing professional development (CPD) strategies to develop better leaders, or a more effective and reliable workforce? These are questions for which Andrew Sharman and Darren Sutton are trying to find answers. We all know the words of the song: “I’d like to teach the world to sing…” Some of you might even remember the world-famous brand that used it in its advertising campaigns back in the 70s. Yes, learning can be that […]

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How to make training work for you

Professor Andrew Sharman and Darren Sutton tackle the challenges of making health and safety training stick, by exploring a range of techniques for management – and learners – to get more out of the next training session At eight thirty in the morning they sheepishly shuffled in to the classroom. Nervously noticing that their name cards had already been placed on the tables for them, they reluctantly took their seats – some in clearly apparent dismay at their neighbour for […]

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