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This episode we’re joined by the Founder of Slip Safety Services, and host of ‘The Safety and Risk Success Podcast’ Christian Harris to talk about how Chris got into the business, the seriousness of slips, trips, and falls for both employers and employees, and the four main costs of Health and Safety.

Slips and trips cost UK employers approximately £512 million per year in lost production and other costs and are the leading cause of workplace injuries.

Christian explains how the UK court system works for criminal health and safety offences, why safety is such a key foundation of an organizations success, and how creating a better safety culture can increase a company’s profitability.

You’ll learn

  • How Christian got into the health and safety industry.
  • The seriousness of Slips, Trips and Falls injuries to individuals.
  • The cost of Slips, Trips, and Falls to employers.
  • The average claims from Slips, Trips, and Falls.
  • How creating a better safety culture can increase the profitability of a company.
  • Why safety is such a key foundation of an organisations success.
  • The 6-figure fines UK organisations have faced in recent years.
  • How the UK court system works for criminal health and safety offences.


In this episode, we talk about:

[02:45] How Christian went from being a management consultant to becoming a safety specialist.

[03:51] The health and safety incident that changed Christian’s life.

[06:40] The psychological effect of living through an accident and how the incident has shaped the work Christian does.

[08:30] The four financial costs involved with Slips, Trips, and Falls.

[11:26] How the UK court system works for criminal health and safety offences.

[13:20] The criminal costs of accidents and how much money is claimed each year.

[15:13] The percentage of claims that get paid out.

[16:15] The difference between manual handling and Slips, Trips, and Falls.

[17:23] The positive benefits of creating a better safety culture.

[21:28] The slip safety scorecard and how you can access it.

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Today’s Guest

Trevor Jennings is a Risk Manager with the Corporate Real Estate Department at Lloyd’s of London. He works to provide client facing advice and support on all matters of risk, excluding financial and contractual risk, and to ensure health and safety is co-ordinated across all building users within Lloyd’s UK and overseas premises.

« It’s steps at a time that will get you through to the certification aspect. »
                                             – Trevor Jennings

Picture this: An organization has set effective environmental, health, and safety standards for their company. Worker participation is high and the leadership is flourishing. Sounds marvelous, don’t you think? Tune in to this episode to learn from a man who has made this happen for the world’s specialist insurance and reinsurance market. Trevor Jennings speaks about his journey to implementing environmental standards (ISO 14001), health and safety standards OHSAS (18001), and his experience with the migration to the latest health and safety standard ISO 45001. He details the main advantages of having an ISO compliant health and safety system in place and the key factors that led to Lloyd’s success, including employee engagement groups to foster worker participation. Trevor divulges the top environmental factors that Lloyds is focusing on and how it affects their bottom line, as well as his top tip for anyone who is looking to implement ISO 14001 or ISO 45001.



You’ll learn

  • What Lloyd’s is, what it provides, and what Trevor’s role is
  • How Trevor got started at Lloyd’s and how OHSAS 18001/ISO 45001  and ISO14001 got implemented
  • The main advantages of having a health and safety system in place compliant to OHSAS 18001/ISO 45001/
  • Why timing, worker participation, and leadership is key for Lloyd’s success
  • The top environmental factors that Lloyds is focusing on and how it affects their bottom line
  • How Lloyd’s is working on a Better Working Environment initiative
  • The benefits of employee engagement groups
  • How Lloyd’s manages suppliers
  • Trevor’s top tip for implementing ISO14001 or ISO45001


In this episode, we talk about:

[00:51] What is Lloyd’s and what is Trevor’s role?

[03:36] Something not many people know about Trevor

[05:10] How Trevor got started at Lloyd’s of london

[07:34] The main advantages of having a health and safety system in place compliant to 18001

[08:44] Facing the challenge of implementing 14001

[12:12] The Health, Safety, and Environmental Coordination Group

[13:42] Energy is at the top of the list of targets to focus on

[14:54] The effect on the bottom line of operations

[16:52] The migration of OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001

[21:24] Tips for organizations looking to implement ISO 14001 or ISO 45001

[23:48] If you could gift a book to somebody, which would you choose and why?

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The third and final episode in our ISO 45001 Steps to Success Podcast Series covers launching and demonstrating compliance in preparation for an assessment.  Paul Robinson, Managing Consultant at Blackmores shares hints and tips for the final stages of implementing your Health and Safety System.

How to launch your ISO 45001 Health and Safety System

Prior to the launch, take a breath, and step back to the original ISO 45001 Gap Analysis findings and revisit all the key points to ensure that everything is in place prior to the launch. You need to be confident that you have covered Health and Safety from all angles to drive forward a robust Health and Safety System.

It’s important to draw a line in the sand, and move forward with a positive approach to Health and Safety as this will be the catalyst to initiating a positive Health and Safety Culture. Here are a few tips to consider for the launch:-

  • Cascaded message from Senior Management i.e. email from the CEO, top
  • Engaging your Communications/Marketing Teams’ (if you have one) with executing a Communications Plan i.e. Posters/screensavers
  • Establishing effective mechanisms for communicating at all levels i.e. lunch and learn awareness sessions, Toolbox talks, even information sent with a Payslip has been known to grab attention.
  • Health and Safety inductions for new and existing employees.
  • On-site safety notices/instructions for employees and other stakeholders visiting the company premises i.e. clients/suppliers.
  • Clear communication regarding how employees play a role in driving continual improvement
  • Promote the protection of health, well-being and safety

How to use ISO 45001 to meet HSE requirements

The Health and Safety Executive are there for a very good reason, to promote the safety of workers in the UK.  The HSE are incredibly effective at successfully convicting companies in Great Britain – out of 554 cases, there were 493 convictions in 2017/18.

Are you confident that your organisation can demonstrate compliance to Health and Safety regulations?

ISO 45001 helps to put systems in place, so you can demonstrate compliance. Demonstrating compliance

Below are a few tips for demonstrating compliance:

  • Monitor and measure the evidence of conformity to H & S regulations and your own H & S Standards (policies and procedures i.e. Risk Assessment results).
  • Evaluate levels of compliance by conducting Internal Audits through an Internal Audit Programme.
  • Consider a process-based approach to compliance (all processes company-wide).
  • Record and retain the records of evidence i.e. Internal Audit, Risk Assessments, Legal Register to identify legal requirements and controls for compliance.
  • Complete full compliance cycle of Plan-Do-Check-Act.
  • Ensure Management have reviewed the inputs and outputs of the Management Review clause in ISO 45001.

For further information:

An Introduction to ISO 45001 webinar

ISO 45001 Steps to Success

OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001 Migration support

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