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Ron Reid's top tips on improving health and safety

Safety

Concentrate on the priority topics.

Start with risk assessments and method statements but be able to show they are being put into practice ? paperwork itself is not enough.

Bear in mind that an open rating system may be coming and plan your strategy.

The HSE wants partnership with larger organisations, but it can't work with everyone. Get in there first.

Consider your policy with regard to the engagement of contractors and your process for ensuring competence across the board. Make safety a key performance indicator.

Subcontractors ? be aware that unless you work on health and safety now you will become less competitive in the market.

Try to make safety a habit and take a tough line with those who don't perform.

Consider the hidden costs of a serious accident. It is not only any fines accrued.

Productivity drops, staff leave, lawyers and loss adjusters must be paid ? and future work may be lost.