About me, Kitty Broome
I am a Health and Safety Consultant based just outside Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. I am a Chartered Member of IOSH and have the unique and instinctive ability to be able to inspire and motivate staff at all levels to take ownership of their own health and safety at the same time as interpreting the law according to any organization and to the operational pressures that staff will always be subjected to. I understand that health and safety responsibility is first and foremost a legal one, but my experience over the years has taught me that in order to be able to influence staff effectively, the moral and ethical responsibility needs to be focused on first and then by default the legal one follows.
My particular interest is to provide relevant health and safety advice and support to new small businesses.
I have extensive experience of Health and Safety and have a portfolio of documentation which can be used by any organization to assist them in complying with all relevant statute law. A list of this documentation is available in my services pages.
Check out my Curriculum Vitae.
My health and safety philosophy
This website is designed to challenge bad health and safety advice based on lack of proper interpretation of the law and fear of litigation. It is also intended to influence organizations to allow their staff to use their common sense, and to break through all the unnecessary bureaucracy an organization may have in place.
Not allowing staff to use their common sense can be dangerous and it can be expensive because it can encourage the blanket purchase and implementation of very unnecessary controls, and these controls can ultimately pose further risk which may not be immediately foreseeable.
Staff are the largest asset that an organization has. Staff involvement and taking ownership of their own Health and Safety is key to the successful development of a positive Health and Safety culture and behavioural change comes as a direct result of successful fulfilment of any action that they, the staff, have raised themselves and that shows a quantifiable result.
My background, my reason…
Four of my colleagues were killed whilst I was at sea, and I was very near to death three times myself as well.
This is the reason that I became a Health and Safety Advisor in the first place. These incidents could so easily have been prevented, and I did not want this to happen to anyone else.
Then, I was an Officer in the Merchant Navy.
Today, I am a Chartered Member of IOSH and a diploma holder.
I believe that the first-hand experiences I had of seeing that, “not following the rules”, or, “not having rules in the first place” can kill people”; and the subsequent devastation this caused, have meant that health and safety has become instinctive to me and that my perception of risk is invaluable to my way of viewing health and safety and consequently to the influence I have on promoting a positive health and safety culture.
I do hope that you will read my blog with interest and that you will contact me with experiences that you can also share.