Health, Welfare and Safety – a legal obligation or a moral imperative for a major project?

Summary

The physical safety of all those working on major projects is a priority acknowledged by all. Zero tolerance towards risky behaviours has been adopted throughout our industries as the best way to ensure that our personnel remain safe. But it is easy to become complacent and to assume that we have 'solved' health and safety.
We need to ensure that focus and enthusiasm is maintained and that safety is high on the agenda of all leadership teams. We also need to ensure that mental as well as physical health is prioritised, and that delivery teams are provided with appropriate training, support and resources in much the same way that we provide them with personal protective equipment (PPE).
This half day seminar examined the subject of health, welfare and safety from multiple perspectives, including legal requirements, behavioural modification and learning across industries and countries. For example delegates heard how the Royal Mail delivered a huge modernisation journey which impacted upon 143,000 employees, while maintaining the health and future of the universal postal service.
A panel discussion reflected on the moral imperative and the legal obligations of health, welfare and safety, covering topics such as stress avoidance and the importance of leadership commitment.

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