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Thomas Ashton Institute

First annual Thomas Ashton Institute lecture: Regulatory choices - Making work safer?, with guest speaker Dr David Snowball

18 March 2021

The current pandemic has brought to light and amplified new and existing challenges facing regulators in owning, addressing and resolving work-related health and safety risks. The options for designing effective regulatory responses are many and varied.

How difficult is this to achieve in practice?

Regulators need to retain public trust and confidence in reducing risks. They need to be expert in aligning evidence-based problem-solving (answering ‘what matters?’) with effective action (recognising ‘what works?’) as well as deciding where to focus their research on new problems (looking for 'what next?'). This has wider implications for how workplace risk information is conveyed and for the public perception of regulators themselves.

This first annual Thomas Ashton Institute lecture will consider how regulators make sense of the risks they have to oversee; how they identify, target and implement their responses; and conclude with some implications for future approaches and research.

There will be the opportunity to ask questions after the main session.

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