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David Cant

Founder / CEO / Consultant at Veritas Consulting

Birmingham, United Kingdom

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The world hasn't gone health and safety mad; the perception of health and safety has gone mad. What I find fascinating is that people believe that it's about rules, regulations, and paperwork, however, it goes much deeper than that. It’s closely linked to understanding people's behaviour and the organisational systems within which people work.

On the face of it, health and safety is something that seems to be very simple, but it is actually deceptively complicated. So it is perhaps not unsurprising that people struggle to get it right. Anyway.

For almost 20 years, I’ve been helping busy people in construction, and the built environment get it right. I make sense of CDM + health and safety, and the reasons why people behave the way they do, and why people don't behave the way they should do.

In fact, I love digging into compliance and people problems and solve them with a pragmatic and human approach.

A few ways I’ve helped people:

• Improved workers attitude toward safety
• Increased incident reporting to improve safety
• Reduced paperwork tasks with real conversations
• Coached managers to create better working environments
• Reduced at-risk behaviours before they result in injuries/ill health

Available For: Consulting, Influencing
Travels From: Birmingham

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Company Information

Company Type: Company
Business Unit: Health and Safety Consultancy
Media Experience: 20 Years

Areas of Expertise

Change Management
Culture
Emerging Technology 30.08
Future of Work 30.11
Health and Safety 34.48
HR
Innovation
Leadership
Management
Proptech
Sustainability
Risk Management 30.15

Industry Experience

Engineering & Construction
Professional Services
Retail

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Publications

25 Article/Blogs
CSCS Cards Explained
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July 15, 2020
In a health and safety conscious world, site managers and potential employers want to know the person they are hiring is trained and competent. One of the easiest and most...

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Has health and safety really gone mad?
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July 09, 2020
It’s health and safety gone mad. Whether you are a veteran contractor or new to the job, you’ve heard it, and possibly even said it yourself. Since the widespread introduction...

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Why Health and Safety Leadership Encourages Safe Behaviour
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June 16, 2020
Many people believe that health and safety is packed with paperwork, chock full of checklists, and rampant with rules. This element, known as ‘compliance safety’, does exist and has an...

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How to cut out the safety clutter
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January 29, 2020
Too many rules spoil the company – so you need to cut out the safety clutter. Cutting clutter in your health and safety practices can deliver real benefits to employee...

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Five steps to construction safety risk management
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January 13, 2020
Managing risk is important in any business, any industry, and every company. But it comes at a price – not that construction safety risk management is a costly exercise –...

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How to improve safety culture in construction
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November 25, 2019
CSI your Workplace – No, we’re not saying every workplace is a crime scene… not that type of CSI. Here we’re talking about continuous safety improvement. Establishing and improving safety...

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Workplace risk assessments myth busting
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March 27, 2019
The post Workplace risk assessments myth busting appeared first on Veritas Health and Safety Consultants.

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Tags: Health and Safety, Future of Work, Risk Management

Raising standards by making health and safety fun
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February 25, 2019
The post Raising standards by making health and safety fun appeared first on Veritas Health and Safety Consultants.

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Dealing with ice and snow on a construction site
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February 01, 2019
The post Dealing with ice and snow on a construction site appeared first on Veritas Health and Safety Consultants.

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Pushing and nudging: psychological techniques to raise standards
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January 03, 2019
The post Pushing and nudging: psychological techniques to raise standards appeared first on Veritas Health and Safety Consultants.

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Will Brexit make me less safe at work?
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December 10, 2018
The post Will Brexit make me less safe at work? appeared first on Veritas Health and Safety Consultants.

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Christmas Elf n Safety Ruins Festive Fun. Again.
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December 10, 2018
The post Christmas Elf n Safety Ruins Festive Fun. Again. appeared first on Veritas Health and Safety Consultants.

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ISO 45001 – Why bother with health and safety management systems?
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November 09, 2018
ISO 45001 is the new internationally recognised occupational health and safety management system replacing ISO 18001 standard – this is why you should implement it, today.

According to statistics quoted by the International Organisation for Standardisation, over 2.78 million people die every year as a result of work-related accidents or diseases. Fortunately, the UK only accounts for a tiny fraction of that total – but there are still people dying needlessly because of their work.

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MSDs are bad for your business.
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October 30, 2018
The post MSDs are bad for your business. appeared first on Veritas Health and Safety Consultants.

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Is Brexit about to make UK construction sites SAFER?
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October 17, 2018
The post Is Brexit about to make UK construction sites SAFER? appeared first on Veritas Health and Safety Consultants.

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Is your principal designer just paying lip service.
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October 01, 2018
The post Is your principal designer just paying lip service. appeared first on Veritas Health and Safety Consultants.

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Workplace risk assessments are not difficult
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September 19, 2018
The post Workplace risk assessments are not difficult appeared first on Veritas Health and Safety Consultants.

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Can wearable technology make construction safer?
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September 08, 2018
Devices like the Apple Watch may sound like a gimmick, but they could help raise standards on construction sites. Which can only be a good thing – Right?

The market for wearable technologies – like smart watches – is mainly consumer focused. Next time you’re at the airport, take a look at how many people are wearing Apple Watches for instance.

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How wearable technology could make construction safer
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September 07, 2018
The post How wearable technology could make construction safer appeared first on Veritas Health and Safety Consultants.

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Is your cup of coffee harming the Barista?
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August 14, 2018
Making a cup of coffee may be more dangerous than you realise. Coffee shop jobs are sometimes the butt of unkind jobs, portrayed as an unskilled role for struggling millennials....
The post Is your cup of coffee harming the Barista? appeared first on Veritas Health and Safety Consultants.

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How to protect employees working at height
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August 01, 2018
Working at height is the UK’s biggest cause of workplace deaths – this is what you need to know. The first rule of working at height on construction sites: don’t....
The post How to protect employees working at height appeared first on Veritas Health and Safety Consultants.

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Artificial Intelligence in Construction
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July 25, 2018
Technology is playing an increasingly important role in society, helping to automate common tasks, increase efficiency and productivity, and to drive down operating costs. As the name implies, artificial Intelligence...
The post Artificial Intelligence in Construction appeared first on Veritas Healt

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Artificial Intelligence in Construction: What Does it Mean for You?
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July 25, 2018
Artificial Intelligence – AI – is being deployed to improve construction site health and safety standards. But what effect will it have?

Technology is playing an increasingly important role in society, helping to automate common tasks, increase efficiency and productivity, and to drive down operating costs. As the name implies, artificial Intelligence promises to make these technologies more “intelligent”.

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Tags: AI, Health and Safety

Could biometric technology help improve construction health and safety
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June 11, 2018
Although it has existed for years, biometrics technology has been restricted to projects requiring the highest levels of security. This has mainly been down to cost – projects like the biometric passport cost tens of millions of pounds.

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Tags: Emerging Technology, Health and Safety

FINALLY! - The Supreme Court resolves tribunal confusion
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February 26, 2018
A recent decision by the Supreme Court should help to reduce time and cost of overturning an incorrect prohibition order.

Businesses issued with HSE prohibition notices in error will find the process of overturning them slightly easier in future. The Supreme Court has recently ruled on a long-running case, establishing the value of expert evidence submitted at the tribunal after a notice has been issued.

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Tags: Health and Safety

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