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This article quite simply aims to share some of my own auditing experiences as an health and safety professional who is fortunate enough to visit and audit some amazing and interesting organisations. I've found that regardless of the industry, the basics of any positive health and safety culture are the same. I've also discovered over the past ten years that many businesses aspiring to achieve 18001 accreditation often think they are a long way off, but in reality they are closer than they think.

I'm confident that reading my articles will give you practical and meaningful advice with real world examples to help provide assurance that an health and safety management system is effective in reality and doesn't just look good on paper. They will also give a good indication of whether or not a management system could meet the requirements of 18001 if that's what your aims are, a gap analysis if you like.

So, whenever I conduct an audit, whether it be an internal 18001 audit or a supplier audit, I look for commitment from leadership...


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Prior to the Interview


1. They want to see you
You have been contacted for interview because there was something in your (truthful) CV pertaining to the position on offer. Know your own CV and take a copy along with you to follow the interviewer when they refer to different areas within.

2. Plan your route
Do a dummy run to the interview venue, timing how long it will take to arrive and allowing a bit extra time for composure.

3. Do your homework on the organisation
Study their website. Take some of the areas the company is “proud” of and use them to ask questions when the interviewer says the inevitable “and have you any questions”.

In the latter quarter of 2015 the UK health and safety executive released their annual health and safety statistics as a PDF document.  The annual report had some interesting take aways but it wasn't necessarily easy to digest. Bryan & Armstrong have taken the annual report and turned it into a infographic which makes absorbing the key points much easier as it does sharing the information across social media.


The free to enter prize draws were run from 2006 through to 2012 and were a 'leg up' from HSfB and our fantastic prize draw contributors to anyone wishing either to enter, or further their career in the field of health and safety.

My personal motives, and the motives of HSfB as a whole, are quite simply a passion to keep workers free from accident, injury or ill-health whilst at work.

One of the greatest challenges for me starting out in health and safety was funding for the courses I wanted to go on. HSfB and all the fantastic prize contributions from organisations and other kind individuals has now put me in the fortunate position to help others get started, or to move onward and upwards.

The first free draw, launched on 5 November 2006, was a 'one off' draw where all entrants were placed 'in the hat' and winners were drawn by an impartial member of a renowned health, safety and environmental establishment (NEBOSH). The total value of the prizes given away for that prize draw was a fantastic £7,260!

The draw of 2006/2007 led to a certain amount of recognition for innovation and subsequently won two awards - HSfB Awards.

The third prize draw, launched on 3 November 2008, was the start of a long-term prize draw where each month at least one winner would benefit from the great prizes we had on offer. The aim to keep the prize draw running for as long as possible and to help people progress their health, safety and environmental careers, in turn keeping people safe and healthy at work whilst protecting the environment.

HSfB Wins Lord Cullen Trophy for Safety Innovation 

John Johnston, Health, Safety and Radiation Advisor at FMC Technologies, Dunfermline, Chairperson of the RoSPA Awards Excellence Forum in Scotland (previously the Scottish Higher Performers Forum) and a member of the Safety Group Fife, has had his commitment and passion for Health and Safety recognised after being awarded the Lord Cullen Trophy for Safety Performance. The award was presented by Lord Cullen, president of the Scottish Chamber of Safety (S.C.O.S), at a ceremony held in Dunblane, by the S.C.O.S on Wednesday 4th April 2007.   The trophy was awarded to John for an initiative which will see health and safety professionals from across the UK benefit from free health and safety training and learning materials.