There are different attitudes to health and safety around the world, with some countries more stringent in the enforcement of best practice than others. “In New Zealand, there’s a greater cultural appetite for risk than there is in the UK; but there’s also a greater cultural appetite for innovation.” It’s this tendency for innovation that is fuelling a rapid evolution in health and safety terms, says Jon Harper-Slade, who holds four NEBOSH qualifications including both environmental and national Diplomas.
Published: 28 March 2019
Canada’s health and safety system grew out of the Royal Commission on the Relations of Capital and Labour that started in 1887. It grew further from the 1913 Royal Commission to study workers’ compensation – The Meredith Report - which outlined a no-fault compensation for injured workers. In 1919 the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada was founded as a non-profit organisation to facilitate the exchange of information between Workers’ Compensation Boards and Commissions, as by the early twentieth century, every jurisdiction in Canada had created workers’ compensation boards and had passed laws to regulate hygiene, lighting, heating, ventilation, accident reporting and fire safety at factories. The fundamental worker rights within all Canadian legislation jurisdiction came from the 1974 Hamm Report, and are the right to know, the right to participate and the right to refuse dangerous work.
Published: 24 January 2019
Nigel Clamp is Health and Safety Director for Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean Basin at construction materials giant HeidelbergCement. He is a strong proponent of close, cooperative working – particularly within multinational companies, where improving safety performance relies on reaching standards that are often exceptional in a local context. The inter-reliance of different business areas means that HR and health and safety must work “hand in hand”.
Published: 10 January 2019