Author: Mike Webster

HSE improvement and prohibition notices – what do they tell us about CDM 2015 and construction health and safety?

The improvement and prohibition notice data provided on the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) web site have been analysed to establish where HSE identified potential breaches in construction projects.  These analyses were carried for 2016/17 – the first full year where

The new Sentencing Guidelines one year on: Their impact on the Construction industry

The conviction data available on HSE’s web site has been analysed to assess the impact of the first year of the new Sentencing Guidelines on organisations and individuals working in the construction industry who have been convicted of breaches of

Impact of deterioration on the safety of concrete structures – what can designers do to minimise risk?

This article discusses the impact of deterioration on the safety of concrete structures.  This is illustrated by examples where deterioration has led concrete structures to collapse.  The article suggests steps that designers can take to minimise the risks of deterioration to safety and discharge

CDM 2015 – Resources available on the MPW R&R web site

This article contains a collection downloads comparing CDM 2007 and CDM 2015 prepared by Dr Mike Webster, along with published discussions on key issues relating to the CDM 2015 Regulations.  It will provide insight into and training on the use

CDM 2015 Regulations – Frequently asked questions

In this article, Mike Webster provides a summary of published discussions on key issues and answers to frequently asked questions relating to the CDM 2015 Regulations.

CDM 2015 – Principal Designer Duties: Resources

In this article, Mike Webster provides a summary of published discussions on key issues relating to the CDM 2015 Principal Designer duties.  It will provide insight into and training on this new role introduced in the CDM 2015 Regulations.

How to engage boards on health, safety and risk issues

This article suggests a range of ways to engage boards on health, safety and risk issues. Our suggestions are a combination of ‘nudges’ and ‘shoves’.  They recognise the potential barriers to engagement that we identified in an earlier article, and are aimed at addressing

Board engagement with health and safety risks – why doesn’t it always happen?

This article summarises key reasons why board engagement with health and safety risks does not always happen.  The lessons from landmark incidents are discussed, and common causes for non-engagement are identified.  To gain a better understanding of these causes, we

Risk Diagnostics and Benchmarking – Why do it?

This article summarises the key business questions  that risk diagnostics and risk benchmarking answer.  This will allow organisations to decide if either technique would be useful to them.

Risk Diagnostic and Benchmarking Tool

This post discusses what organisations can gain from undertaking risk diagnostic and benchmarking studies. We have made a version of our risk diagnostic and benchmarking tool available for free download so that you can can identify the gaps in your

7 barriers to effective risk management

Over the years, I have noticed a range of barriers that can prevent organisations managing risk effectively. In this article, I have collected together seven of these barriers and discussed both their effect on organisations and how to overcome them.

Benchmarking against risk management best practice – how do ‘industry average’ organisations compare?

This post contains a comparison of the differences between organisations with best practice in risk management and those whose practice is the industry average. This post shows that the quality of those factors which influence risk is higher and less

How to assess what factors influence risk in your organisation

This is Part 2 of a two-part article, and proposes a solution to the problem of how to assess what factors influence risk in organisations. The proposed approach recognises that incidents are caused by a complex combination of events that

Why is it so difficult to assess what factors influence risk in your organisation?

This article discusses why organisations’ susceptibility to risk is largely determined by the mindsets and behaviours of their staff and the difficulties this causes in assessing what factors influence risk.  A methodology is proposed that recognises that incidents are caused

Designer Duties – Clause-by-clause comparison of the CDM 2015 Regulations and CDM 2007

Download a note prepared by Mike Webster that identifies, clause-by-clause, the changes in the Designer duties in the CDM 2015 regulations compared to those in CDM 2007, so making it easier to comply.

Client Duties – Clause-by-clause comparison of the CDM 2015 Regulations and CDM 2007

Download a note prepared by Mike Webster that identifies, clause-by-clause, the changes in the Client duties in the CDM 2015 regulations compared to those in CDM 2007, so making it easier to comply.

CDM 2015 Regulations – Summary of the changes

In this article, Mike Webster provides a brief summary of eight key changes to the CDM 2015 Regulations from CDM 2007 and what those changes mean in practice.

Principal Contractor and Contractor Duties – Clause-by-clause comparison of the CDM 2015 Regulations and CDM 2007

Download a note prepared by Mike Webster that identifies, clause-by-clause, the changes in the Principal Contractor and Contractor duties in the CDM 2015 regulations compared to those in CDM 2007, so making it easier to comply.

How Regulators Can Improve Their Effectiveness

This post suggests an approach for regulators to improve cost-effectiveness by focusing on high-risk areas to protect people whilst minimising burden.

Are You Solving the Right Problems?

We all solve problems most days. This post provides 4 reasons why we may not always be solving the right problems and a simple approach to make sure we do.

Best practice in risk management – five characteristics of high-performing organisations

This post identifies five characteristics of high-performing organisations with best practice in risk management and discusses those characteristics with examples.

Do you know what factors influence risk in your organisation?

When something goes wrong, it’s because a number of factors aren’t working – do you know what factors influence risk in your organisation?. This post discusses a range of examples from high profile incidents and introduces an approach for identifying

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