14 episodes

The Safety & Health Podcast dovetails with Safety & Health Practitioner (SHP), the first for health and safety news in the UK, to meet all the content needs of a health and safety professional. We’ll bring you the latest news, insights and legislation updates in the form of interviews, discussions and panel debates from leading figures within the profession.
From working at height, lone working and other common workplace hazards, to safety culture and behaviours, occupational health and mental health & wellbeing, tune in for an easy way to remain up to date on the issues affecting your role.

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 24 Ratings

The Safety & Health Podcast dovetails with Safety & Health Practitioner (SHP), the first for health and safety news in the UK, to meet all the content needs of a health and safety professional. We’ll bring you the latest news, insights and legislation updates in the form of interviews, discussions and panel debates from leading figures within the profession.
From working at height, lone working and other common workplace hazards, to safety culture and behaviours, occupational health and mental health & wellbeing, tune in for an easy way to remain up to date on the issues affecting your role.

    Fire safety: Making buildings safer

    Fire safety: Making buildings safer

    With thanks to our colleagues at IFSEC Global and FIREX, this episode focuses on building safety legislation, including the Building Safety Bill, Fire Safety Act, and proposed changes to the Fire Safety Order (2005).
    IFSEC Global Editor James Moore moderates the session, which includes an audience QandA, and asks are the proposals enough? And crucially, how does the building safety sector work to encourage a wide adoption of a new safety-conscious culture in construction and building safety – from planning through to occupation.
    Joining James on the panel was:
    Dennis Davis, Executive Officer, Fire Sector Federation
    Niall Rowan, Technical and Regulatory Affairs Officer, Association of Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP)
    Jonathan O'Neill OBE, Managing Director, Fire Protection Association (FPA)
    Will Lloyd, Technical Manager, FIA Fire Industry Association
    Additional resources:
    https://www.shponline.co.uk/legislation-and-guidance/building-safety-bill-published-outlining-biggest-improvements-to-building-safety-in-nearly-40-years/ (Building Safety Bill published)
    https://www.ifsecglobal.com/fire-news/building-safety-bill/ (Building Safety Bill outlines “biggest changes to building safety regulation in a) https://www.ifsecglobal.com/fire-news/building-safety-bill/ (generation”)
    https://www.shponline.co.uk/fire-safety-and-emergency/grenfell-tower-block-tragedy/ (Latest Grenfell Tower Inquiry News)
    https://www.shponline.co.uk/podcasts/lessons-from-grenfell-why-arent-we-learning/ (Listen:) https://www.shponline.co.uk/podcasts/lessons-from-grenfell-why-arent-we-learning/ (Lessons from Grenfell: Why aren’t we learning?)
    https://www.ifsecglobal.com/resources/fire-safety-2020-ebook-year-of-challenges-and-change/ (Download: Fire safety in 2020 eBook – A year of challenges and change)
    https://www.ifsecglobal.com/fire-news/fire-safety-bill/ (Fire Safety Bill becomes Fire Safety Act 2021)
    https://www.ifsecglobal.com/fire-news/buildings-under-18m-no-longer-require-ews1-forms-after-research/ (Buildings) https://www.ifsecglobal.com/fire-news/buildings-under-18m-no-longer-require-ews1-forms-after-research/ (under 18m no longer require EWS1 forms after independent research finds “no systemic risk of fire in blocks”)
    https://www.ifsecglobal.com/fire-news/16-5m-of-successful-applications-for-waking-watch-fund/ (£16.5m of successful applications for fire alarms under £30m waking watch fund alternative scheme)
    https://www.ifsecglobal.com/ (IFSEC Global)
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    Check out the previous eleven episodes on the https://www.shponline.co.uk/the-safety-and-health-podcast/ (Safety and Health Podcast hub).
    Please be sure to stay tuned in to https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/CyFQC73nA5ImGBn68F2zbPX?domain=shponline.co.uk/ (SHPonline.co.uk) for the very latest health and safety news.
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    • 49 min
    Alastair Campbell on workplace mental ill-health

    Alastair Campbell on workplace mental ill-health

    Alastair Campbell is one of the UK’s foremost mental health campaigners, and an ambassador for several mental health charities, including https://www.mind.org.uk/ (Mind), the official charity partner of https://www.shponline.co.uk/workplace-wellbeing-show/mind/ (Workplace Wellbeing Show).
    Alastair recently spoke openly to Safety and Health Expo and Workplace Wellbeing Show Event Manager, Charlotte Geoghagen about his struggles with depression. He provides some advice for employers and colleagues on how to support people suffering with mental ill-health, his thoughts on some of the common stigmas around mental health and why they exist and some words of advice on how he looks after his depression.
    In the second part of the episode, we hand over to Heather Beach from the Healthy Work Company, for an interview with Vicki Simmonds, based on recent personal experience with burnout.
    Two months into a new job, the pandemic hit, and Vicki’s life took a turn for the worst. Locked down alone, far from her support network of friends and family. Around the same time, shelost a close friend to COVID and two ex-colleagues who died by suicide. Vicki continued to work at full capacity, but it became too much.
    If you’d like to hear more from Heather on the topic of Burnout, she talks about https://www.shponline.co.uk/podcasts/what-makes-us-susceptible-to-burnout/ (what makes us susceptible to burnout), in episode 2 of the Safety and Health Podcast.
    Additional resources:
    https://www.shponline.co.uk/stress/what-causes-burnout/ (Burnout, stress and being human)
    https://www.shponline.co.uk/podcasts/work-related-stress-and-the-wellbeing-of-frontline-workers/ (Work-related stress and the wellbeing of frontline workers)
    https://www.shponline.co.uk/mental-health/benefits-of-using-bs-iso-45003/ (ISO 45003: World’s first international workplace mental health Standard published)
    If you’ve not already subscribed, please do so, to get the latest episodes as soon as they are released. And, if you like what you hear, we’d be grateful if you could rate us, as that will help us get the shows out to a wider audience.
    Check out the previous eleven episodes on the https://www.shponline.co.uk/the-safety-and-health-podcast/ (Safety and Health Podcast hub).
    Please be sure to stay tuned in to https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/CyFQC73nA5ImGBn68F2zbPX?domain=shponline.co.uk/ (SHPonline.co.uk) for the very latest health and safety news.
    https://www.shponline.co.uk/get-the-shp-newsletter/ (Sign up to the SHP Daily Newsletter, here.)

    • 30 min
    The Rising Stars of health & Safety

    The Rising Stars of health & Safety

    Hear from Thomas Dunning, a Mechanical engineer at British Sugar, who is perhaps better known as the Mental Health Runner, an award-winning TED speaker, who shares his mental health journey explicitly to show the world that it really is “okay to not be okay”. Thomas was recently named SHP’s Trailblazer in Positive Social Impact, with judges highlighting that how Thomas has turned the negative of his own mental ill health struggles into a positive and opened the subject up to a much wider audience.
    If you want to hear more from Thomas, he will be sharing his story at the Workplace Wellbeing Conference, from 1-3 June 2021. https://www.workplacewellbeingshow.com/en/register-content.html?utm_source=www.shponline.co.ukandutm_medium=editandutm_campaign=SHP2021-IH_29 (Click here for ticket information and to find out more.)
    Then, we speak to Lucilla Cummings, HSE Improvement Specialist at Travis Perkins, who was named the winner of the SHP Award for Rising Star UK, an award which recognises young health and safety professionals, across all sectors, going above and beyond to improve occupational health, safety and/or workplace wellbeing in the UK. Judges noted how Lucilla has made “rapid progression” through the business.
    Next up, it’s PepsiCo EHS Specialist, Sam Watts, who was been named as SHP’s Rising Star in Manufacturing. Sam ‘fell’ into safety six years ago after starting a EHS temporary admin role whilst waiting to join the police force, but quickly realised her passion for all things health and safety. It was Sam’s response to COVID-19 that really stood out to the judging panel, as she helped implement additional controls to ensure the safety of not only staff, but also their families.
    Last, but not least, Finally, it’s the turn of BAM Construction Training Managing Director, Matthew Durant, who was named SHP’s Rising Star in Construction. Matthew started BAM Construction Training in 2013, with the intention to make engaging and interactive courses which put learners first. His dedication to partnering with other construction companies to provide young people with work and educational opportunities within the industry was noted by the judges, who noted that he had a “clear emphasis on trying to help the wider industry”.
    Additional resources:
    Find out more about the SHP Awards: https://www.shponline.co.uk/shp-awards/shp-awards/ (https://www.shponline.co.uk/shp-awards/shp-awards/)
    Read more about Thomas Dunning and watch his TED Talk: https://www.shponline.co.uk/shp-awards/thomas-dunning-wins-shps-trailblazer-in-positive-social-impact-award/ (https://www.shponline.co.uk/shp-awards/thomas-dunning-wins-shps-trailblazer-in-positive-social-impact-award/)
    Read more about Lucilla Cummings: https://www.shponline.co.uk/shp-awards/lucilla-cummings-wins-shps-rising-star-uk-award/ (https://www.shponline.co.uk/shp-awards/lucilla-cummings-wins-shps-rising-star-uk-award/)
    Read more about Sam Watts: https://www.shponline.co.uk/shp-awards/sam-watts-wins-shps-rising-star-in-manufacturing-award/ (https://www.shponline.co.uk/shp-awards/sam-watts-wins-shps-rising-star-in-manufacturing-award/)
    Read more about Matthew Durant: https://www.shponline.co.uk/shp-awards/matthew-durant-wins-shps-rising-star-in-construction-award/ (https://www.shponline.co.uk/shp-awards/matthew-durant-wins-shps-rising-star-in-construction-award/)
    Click for ticket information about the 2021 Workplace Wellbeing Conference https://www.workplacewellbeingshow.com/en/register-content.html?utm_source=www.shponline.co.ukandutm_medium=editandutm_campaign=SHP2021-IH_29 (https://www.workplacewellbeingshow.com/en/register-content.html?utm_source=www.shponline.co.ukandutm_medium=editandutm_campaign=SHP2021-IH_29)
    Click to signup for free to Connect 2021 https://www.safety-health-expo.co.uk/en/register-content.html?utm_source=www.shponline.co.ukandutm_medi

    • 1 hr 7 min
    The legalities of returning to work in times of COVID-19

    The legalities of returning to work in times of COVID-19

    Hear lawyer Simon Joyston-Bechal discuss returning to work in times of COVID-19. Simon shares how far you can push the boundaries to get people back into the office lawfully, whether lateral flow tests will help, details around vaccines and how far you have to go in terms of social distancing. https://www.shponline.co.uk/resources/webinar-april-2021-legislation-update/ (Listen, on-demand, in full to the Barbour EHS Legislation updated webinar, here.)
    Then we talk to Hilda Palmer, who was recently named https://www.shponline.co.uk/shp-most-influential/hilda-palmer-named-shps-most-influential-person-in-health-safety-for-2020/ (SHP’s Most Influential Individual in health and safety). Hilda has over 30 years’ experience in health and safety and works for Greater Manchester Hazard Centre. In December SHP readers recognised her work as a campaigner, supporting families who find themselves on the wrong side of health and safety failure. Hilda shares her views on the health and safety system in the UK, the importance of protecting workers as they return to the office and talks about her work with Families Against Corporate Killers (FACK).
    Finally, we take a look at the role of smart PPE in protecting lone workers with some clips from a recent roundtable, hosted by SHP. Lone and at-risk workers represent a large proportion of the UK’s workforce – a trend that has been exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic as social distancing measures have been introduced, shift patterns have changed and an increased number of people work in isolation. The clips look at how businesses have had to adapt through lockdown restrictions, the challenges organisations have when it comes to keeping staff safe beyond their shift, the importance of embedding smart PPE into the culture of an organisation and the role of technology in health and Safety in the future.
    With thanks to our episode sponsor, https://peoplesafe.co.uk/ (Peoplesafe).
    Additional resources:
    https://www.shponline.co.uk/shp-awards/shp-awards/ (Read more about the SHP Awards).
    https://www.shponline.co.uk/lone-working/the-whole-story/ (Read Hilda’s ‘Whole Story’ article on SHP from 2008).
    http://www.hazardscampaign.org.uk/ (Read more on the Hazards Campaign).
    https://twitter.com/HildaPalmer (Follow Hilda on Twitter).
    https://www.barbour-ehs.com/ (Learn more about Barbour EHS.)
    If you’ve not already subscribed, please do so, to get the latest episodes as soon as they are released. And, if you like what you hear, we’d be grateful if you could rate us, as that will help us get the shows out to a wider audience.
    https://www.shponline.co.uk/the-safety-and-health-podcast/ (Check out the previous Nine episodes of the Safety and health Podcast.)
    Please be sure to stay tuned in to https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/CyFQC73nA5ImGBn68F2zbPX?domain=shponline.co.uk/ (SHPonline.co.uk) for the very latest health and safety news.
    https://www.shponline.co.uk/get-the-shp-newsletter/ (Sign up to the SHP Daily Newsletter.)

    • 47 min
    Work-related stress and the wellbeing of frontline workers

    Work-related stress and the wellbeing of frontline workers

    Hear from Senior Psychologist for the Health and Safety Executive, Peter Kelly about work-related stress, and then Inspector Phil Spencer, Blue Light Programme Co-ordinator at Cleveland Police, discusses the stress of working on the frontline during the pandemic.
    Peter Kelly is primarily responsible with providing HSE and the government with advice on work-related stress, mental health and wellbeing. During the interview, we spoke about the additional challenge the coronavirus pandemic has had on employee stress and we also touch on the upcoming ISO45003 Standard.
    Phil Spencer is Cleveland Police’s Blue Light Programme Coordinator and Wellbeing Inspector. He was named as the winner of the https://www.shponline.co.uk/shp-awards/phil-spencer-wins-shps-trailblazer-in-workplace-wellbeing-award/ (SHP Award for Trailblazer in Workplace Wellbeing Award) at the back end of 2020, with judges highlighting his desire to support all things workplace wellbeing.
    Phil has been a key component in driving forward the workplace wellbeing agenda and changing the way mental health is thought about in policing. He has transformed how Cleveland Police supports its staff in better understanding mental health, and how to cope better with the trauma and difficulties of the working environment, especially during the pandemic.
    Phil also touches on how the police is perceived by the public and the effect that has on officers, and the difficulties with policing the internet in a social media age.
    Additional resources:
    https://www.hse.gov.uk/stress/assets/docs/stress-talking-toolkit.pdf (HSE’s Talking Toolkit).
    https://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/campaigns/blue-light-programme/ (Read about Mind’s Blue Light Programme).
    Click here to read about Phil’s success in the SHP Awards. https://www.shponline.co.uk/shp-awards/phil-spencer-wins-shps-trailblazer-in-workplace-wellbeing-award/ (https://www.shponline.co.uk/shp-awards/phil-spencer-wins-shps-trailblazer-in-workplace-wellbeing-award/)
    https://forourmen.com/falling-from-the-moon/ (Read Phil’s blog).
    https://twitter.com/philspencer1316 (Follow Phil on Twitter).
    https://www.shponline.co.uk/podcasts/what-makes-us-susceptible-to-burnout/ (Listen to Episode 3 of the Safety and Health Podcast, ‘What makes us susceptible to burnout?’.)
    If you’ve not already subscribed, please do so, to get the latest episodes as soon as they are released. And, if you like what you hear, we’d be grateful if you could rate us, as that will help us get the shows out to a wider audience.
    https://www.shponline.co.uk/the-safety-and-health-podcast/ (Check out the previous eight episodes of the Safety and health Podcast.)
    Please be sure to stay tuned in to https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/CyFQC73nA5ImGBn68F2zbPX?domain=shponline.co.uk/ (SHPonline.co.uk) for the very latest health and safety news.
    https://www.shponline.co.uk/get-the-shp-newsletter/ (Sign up to the SHP Daily Newsletter.)

    • 48 min
    Lessons from Grenfell: Why aren't we learning?

    Lessons from Grenfell: Why aren't we learning?

    Hear from Gill Kernick, Master Consultant at JMJ Associates, who specialises in safety leadership and culture and has been a high-profile voice on the subject of the Grenfell Tower fire.

    Gill was a former resident of the tower, moving out three years before the tragedy in 2017. She chats to SHP Editor Ian Hart and IFSEC Global Editor James Moore about the pressing need to improve building safety culture and prevent low probability, high consequence events – such as Grenfell – from happening again. Gill’s work saw her voted amongst the top 25 Most Influential People in Health & Safety by SHP’s readers, back in December.

    Read James’ report from the interview on IFSEC Global.

    Then, we’re joined by Heather Beach, Chair of the Women in Health and Safety Network in the UK, to discuss how the pandemic has affected the network, it’s plans for 2021 and how you can get involved. Plus, learn about the new International Women in Safety Coalition.

    Find out more about the workstreams, or to sign up to the mailing list.

    Finally, Andrew Sharman, Founder and Chairman of One Percent Safer and Malcolm Staves, Corporate Health & Safety Director at L’Oréal, join us to provide an update on the One Percent Safer book, the Foundation and the up-coming conference.

    Listen to Andrew’s interview from episode 3.

    Additional resources:

    Grenfell Enquirer blog.

    Follow Gill Kernick on Twitter.

    IFSEC Global.

    SHP’s Women in Health & Safety page.

    One Percent Safter.

    Buy the One Percent Safer Book.

    If you’ve not already subscribed, please do so, to get the latest episodes as soon as they are released. And, if you like what you hear, we’d be grateful if you could rate us, as that will help us get the shows out to a wider audience.

    Check out the previous seven episodes on the Safety & Health Podcast hub.

    Please be sure to stay tuned in to SHPonline.co.uk for the very latest health and safety news, where you can also sign up to our daily e-newsletter.

    • 52 min

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