Category: Organisational risk

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

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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

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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

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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.

Posted in Organisational risk, Risk management

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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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