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Transforming the culture of workplace health and safety

25 May 2010

The British Safety Council has launched its report -Transforming the culture of workplace health and safety - on the vital role that strong leadership plays in transforming the health and safety culture in any organisation.

Transforming the culture of workplace health and safety
Transforming the culture of workplace health and safety

Speakers from world class organisations with exceptional health and safety records took to the platform to offer an insight into how they have transformed the health and safety culture in their own organisations. Wylfa Power Station, adidas, the Dawn Group, Diageo Packaging and Linklaters have all gone beyond compliance and legal requirement to invest time and effort to reduce days lost through ill health and injury.

Leading the way in managing employee health and wellbeing is Magnox North’s Wylfa Power Station. Since the company experienced a significant event leading to enforcement action over 10 years ago, it has been on a journey to improve its safety culture. The company now has an impressive record that it attributes to the involvement of staff at all levels.

Fred Brookes, manager of the health, security, safety and quality department at Wylfa Power Station said: "Our people help to improve our safety and business performance. We believe the key to safe working practices is engaging and involving workers, supported by our senior managers in actions as well as words. We maintain our positive culture by involving people, keeping our approach fresh and seeking to avoid complacency."

Julie Nerney, British Safety Council chief executive said: "The British Safety Council has and will continue to play a full part in promoting leadership and active worker involvement and building competence across the workforce. We are certain that the goals that have been set for preventing workplace injury and ill health will not be met without strong and effective leadership, a workforce that is actively engaged in managing risks and is competent to do so."

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