176 episodes

Bring the benefits of proactive safety and risk management to life, through insights, experiences and stories.

Every week, host Christian Harris - the UK's leading slips, trips and falls specialist - presents a new episode, typically with expert guests, to discuss:
- Safety
- Health
- Wellbeing
- Insurance
- Risk management
- Claims defensibility

Safety And Risk Success Christian Harris

    • Business
    • 4.6 • 9 Ratings

Bring the benefits of proactive safety and risk management to life, through insights, experiences and stories.

Every week, host Christian Harris - the UK's leading slips, trips and falls specialist - presents a new episode, typically with expert guests, to discuss:
- Safety
- Health
- Wellbeing
- Insurance
- Risk management
- Claims defensibility

    Fighting the war on compliance

    Fighting the war on compliance

    Is compliance enough to keep your workplace safe?
     
    This week on the Safety and Risk Success podcast, we're diving deep into the compliance fog and exploring what it truly takes to create a proactive and thriving safety culture.
     
    Join us as we unpack the challenges and benefits of going beyond mere box-ticking and discover how to empower your workforce to embrace safety as a core value.
     
    Highlights:
     
    - The definition of compliance: Compliance with health and safety standards should be an ongoing process.
    - Compliance as a trap: Compliance is essential, but it can lead to a false sense of security, box-ticking mentality, and low workforce engagement.
    - The compliance fog: The compliance fog refers to a mindset that focuses solely on minimum requirements, sometimes leading to a feeling that “as long as I’m compliant, I’m doing enough”.
    - Moving beyond compliance: To truly drive safety, we must go beyond compliance and focus on proactively managing risks, fostering a positive safety culture, and innovating.
    - The benefits of moving beyond compliance: Benefits include improved risk management, a more positive safety culture, innovation, and reduced costs.
    - The importance of data: Use data to understand the level of risk within your workplace.
    - Don’t rely on signs alone: Wet floor signs are a symptom of a problem and shouldn’t be seen as a solution in themselves.
    - Consider social impact: When implementing safety measures, consider the social impact of your actions, and how they can potentially affect the people working and interacting within your space.
    - Importance of the human element: Human factors play a huge role in safety incidents.
    - The importance of a pendulum test: To measure slip resistance and ensure safety, use a pendulum test.
    - The importance of going beyond compliance: The safety industry needs to reclaim its expertise and focus on going beyond compliance.
     
    Actions:
    - Sign up for a future Safety Roundtable: https://safetyroundtable.co.uk/
    - Connect with Christian on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christian-harris-slip-safety/

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Safety as a Value-Add: How to Influence and Engage with Your Business, with Adam Clarke

    Safety as a Value-Add: How to Influence and Engage with Your Business, with Adam Clarke

    Tired of safety being seen as just a box to tick? Want to make it a strategic advantage for your business? Then you need to hear this episode. Join us as Adam Clarke, a health and safety veteran with 20 years of experience, shares his secrets for transforming safety into a powerful force for success. From building personal connections to understanding your audience, he’ll show you how to influence and engage with your business to drive change.
     
    Highlights:
     
    - Personal Connection: Start with a personal story: it resonates more than regulations.
    - Understand Your Audience: Align with business goals and priorities.
    - Be Proactive: Don't wait for accidents to happen. Engage early.
    - Curiosity is Key: Be interested in the business and how it operates.
    - Go Beyond Policy: Implement systems and processes that work in practice.
    - The Power of One: One person can make a massive difference.
    - Leverage Technology: AI and other tools can support learning.
    - Network Internally: Build relationships and gain visibility.
    - Embrace the Learning Curve: Don't be afraid to make mistakes.
    - Move Beyond Compliance: Focus on driving real, tangible results.
    - Find Your Voice: Communicate in a language that your business understands.
    - Don’t Give Up: Keep pushing for safety as a value-add.
     
     
    Actions:
    - Connect with Adam: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adamjclarke/
    - Connect with Chrisitan: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christian-harris-slip-safety/

    • 53 min
    Rail Safety Week: Slips, Trips & Falls Prevention

    Rail Safety Week: Slips, Trips & Falls Prevention

    For this episode of the Safety and Risk Success Podcast, Christian shares actionable strategies to prevent slips, trips, and falls, with a focus on the rail sector. Get ready to implement some of these tips today!
     
     
    Highlights:
     
     
    - Slips, trips, and falls are a major cause of injuries in the rail sector: 67% of severe passenger injuries in stations.
    - Slips are more common than trips: 30%-33% of reported RIDDOR incidents are slips, trips, and falls.
    - Slips are more complex to mitigate than trips: You need to take a scientific approach.
    - Trip hazards can be identified and mitigated through the "TIDY" method: Tidy, Identify, Route, Plan.
    - Slip hazards need to be assessed using "Slipology": Assess, Amend, Advocate, Assure, Affirm.
    - It's important to understand that the risk of slips can be significantly reduced: 85% reductions have been seen in swimming pools and hotels.
    - We can identify slip risks with the "CHIMES" method: Contamination, Heal, Individual, Maintenance, Environment, Surface.
    - A pendulum test helps identify the slip resistance of flooring: Floors that don’t meet the required PTV level could cause falls.
    - The most common slip hazards are in 5% of areas: Entrance matting, washrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, loading bays.
    - Signs on their own are not enough: They’re only needed in a few cases, namely during cleaning, and immediately after a spillage.
    - Wet-floor signage is a symptom of a problem: Always look beyond the sign.
    - Christian has helped over 1,000 organisations assess slip risks: His Slip Prevention Scorecard can help you assess the slip resistance of your organisation.
    - Don't delay tackling slip risks: There's a lot you can do to reduce risk.
     
     
     
    Actions:
     
     
    Sign up for a future Safety Roundtable: https://safetyroundtable.co.uk/
    Connect with Christian on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christian-harris-slip-safety/

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Striving for Safety Excellence, with John Barnacle-Bowd

    Striving for Safety Excellence, with John Barnacle-Bowd

    Christian chats with John Barnacle-Bowd, from RS Group, a leader in the health and safety PPE market. They discuss the findings from RS Group’s second annual health and safety survey and John’s insights on a range of issues, including the lack of KPIs in some organisations, the importance of sustainable PPE, and the ever-increasing demand for mental wellbeing. This episode explores how safety professionals can strive for excellence, best practice, and community to improve the overall landscape of health and safety.
     
     
    Highlights
     
     
    - Survey: The second annual survey focused on PPE.
    - KPIs: A high proportion of organisations don’t have KPIs for health and safety.
    - Women’s PPE: It’s an important issue, but not being addressed by many organisations.
    - Sustainability: Organisations are interested in sustainable PPE, but not in the purchasing decision.
    - Mental wellbeing: 76% of respondents highlighted its importance.
    - Sharing best practice: It’s crucial for improving health and safety, but more can be done.
    - Community: Building a safety community is key for improving the sector.
    - Learning and development: The importance of continual learning and development to stay ahead of the curve in a fast-paced industry.
    - Key Takeaways: Talk to each other. Get the training. Talk to experts. Share best practice.
     
    Actions:
     
    - RS Report Link: https://uk.rs-online.com/web/content/m/hs-industry-report
    - Connect with John: https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-barnacle-bowd-88594215/
    - John's LinkedIn group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12899500/
    - Connect with Chrisitan: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christian-harris-slip-safety/

    • 46 min
    The Insurer Carrot - how to get your insurer to fund safety

    The Insurer Carrot - how to get your insurer to fund safety

    Ever wondered how to get your insurer to fund safety improvements? Well, we've got the answer for you! In this episode of the Safety and Risk Success Podcast, we unpack the concept of the "Insurer Carrot," a little-known secret that can help you secure the funding you need to improve safety in your business.
     
    Highlights:
    - Insurers care about safety because it reduces their costs. : Safety improvements are profitable for insurers.
    - Insurance companies are looking for ways to reduce claims. : They want to see a lower cost of claims and a higher trading profit.
    - There are many ways that insurers will fund safety projects. : They may offer bursaries for driver training, safety equipment, etc.
    - Make sure your risk management is good. : They are more likely to fund your projects if you have a strong risk management system.
    - Insurance companies are looking for quick wins to reduce claims. : Focus on projects that can immediately impact claims.
    - Make the case to your broker. : Explain how safety improvements will help their bottom line.
    - There’s a financial case to be made for proactive safety. : You can save the insurance company money, which is important to them.
     
    Actions:
     
    - Sign up for a future Safety Roundtable: https://safetyroundtable.co.uk/
    - Connect with Christian on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christian-harris-slip-safety/
     

    • 45 min
    Embracing Curiosity and Continuous Learning to Overcome ‘The Sticky Middle’ with Anna Keen

    Embracing Curiosity and Continuous Learning to Overcome ‘The Sticky Middle’ with Anna Keen

    Christian welcomes Anna Keen, a safety and sustainability specialist who recently launched her own business after a 20-year career. Anna shares her insightful perspective on the challenges faced by professionals in the “sticky middle” of their careers, those who are stuck between entry-level roles and leadership positions. They discuss the importance of mindset shifts, continuous learning, and how organisations can better support these individuals to unlock their potential.
     
     
    Highlights:
     
     
    - The Sticky Middle: A unique set of challenges for professionals stuck in mid-career: stuck in org charts, lacking skills for advancement, or isolated in silos.
    - Beyond Skills: Focusing solely on technical skills is insufficient. We need to tap into deeper rooted identity, values, and limiting beliefs to create true change.
    - Shifting Mindset: Moving away from binary thinking and embracing curiosity as an expert, combined with a willingness to challenge assumptions, leads to growth.
    - Personal Responsibility: Individuals must recognise the power of their own actions in creating change. If you want to create positive change in your organisation, first, change yourself.
    - The Drama Triangle: This model highlights the need for professionals to move beyond the “hero”, “victim”, and “villain” roles to an empowered, “happens by us, not to us” mindset.
    - The R-Rate of Safety: How we influence others, whether consciously or unconsciously, is crucial. Strive to positively impact colleagues and build trust, not perpetuate stereotypes.
    - Embracing Failure: Learning from mistakes and failures, rather than solely focusing on successes, is critical for growth.
    - The Future of Safety: AI and technology will reshape the industry. Professionals must adapt and focus on their unique human-centered skills like communication and leadership.
    - Supporting the Sticky Middle: Organisations must create development pathways and open dialogues to support mid-career professionals and address their unique needs.
     
     
    Actions:
     
     
    Connect with Anna: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anna-keen-6159687/
    Connect with Chrisitan: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christian-harris-slip-safety/

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Simon Rosser ,

Moving from She to SHE

I found this to be a relaxed, but informative chat, with Martin Hall able to talk freely but be steered occasionally, and both he and Christian were very easy to listen too. (A lot of practice has gone into being that relaxed on screen or behind a microphone!).

I so agree that there is a great deal of co-operation and collaboration between SHE specialists in the construction industry and long may it continue so.

This especially but all the Safety and Risk Success Podcasts are well worth a listen.

strong_14 ,

Informative

Awesome podcast. Keep it up

jonniejensen ,

Great content

Excellent industry specific show

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