The Idea.

Why we matter and who we are.

If we all do just one thing, just improve workplace safety by one percent, then that’s 28,000 people that get to go home without harm, instead of ending up dead – each year. 28,000 husbands, wives, partners, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, friends, and co-workers. 28,000 humans.

The Japanese concept of Kaizen, the idea of incremental change – one small thing at a time – is what we’re talking about here. The compounding effect of trying to get 1% better each day is huge – it’s a 3,800% improvement in just one year. In simple terms, that’s a 40 times improvement on where you are right now.

This book is your toolkit: 142 of the world’s most thoughtful leaders, right here just for you.

Read them all, read just one, skip some, read what you prefer. Just do something. One thing. One idea. One percent safer.

Let’s make the world a safer place, one percent at a time.

Tell us what you’re going to do, how will YOU make the world One Per Cent Safer? Join the Movement here.

If we all do just one thing, just improve workplace safety by one percent, then that’s 28,000 people that get to go home without harm, instead of ending up dead – each year. 28,000 husbands, wives, partners, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, friends, and co-workers. 28,000 humans.

The Japanese concept of Kaizen, the idea of incremental change – one small thing at a time – is what we’re talking about here. The compounding effect of trying to get 1% better each day is huge – it’s a 3,800% improvement in just one year. In simple terms, that’s a 40 times improvement on where you are right now.

This book is your toolkit: 142 of the world’s most thoughtful leaders, right here just for you.

Read them all, read just one, skip some, read what you prefer. Just do something. One thing. One idea. One percent safer.

Let’s make the world a safer place, one percent at a time.

Tell us what you’re going to do, how will YOU make the world One Per Cent Safer? Join the Movement here.

The One Percent Safer Team

Tim Eldridge

Director and Trustee

Having had a long career in health and safety, I am deeply aware of the need to support those who want to protect people at work from harm, but don’t have all the resources and skills to do this. One Percent Safer is both the mantra and methodology to help achieve this and I am proud to be able to support people across the world deliver on our vision.

Melissa Mark

Director and Trustee

I immediately joined when the opportunity came to me as I am totally passionate about making a difference to safety and health in the workplace and I am supportive of any program or mission that seeks to stem the negative impacts to families, communities and the workplace. I believe in collaboration and learning from each other and this is the underpinning philosophy of the One Percent Safer movement so I am proud to be one of the One Percent Safer game changers!

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Louis Wustemann

Director and Trustee

I’m proud to be part of an organisation that simultaneously promotes better safety and health management and offers OSH professionals inspiration while generating funds to support those who are struggling in a time of crisis.

Emma Evans

Director and Trustee

I joined the ranks at the One Percent Safer Foundation actually because its core aims, values and beliefs align with my own. I whole-heartedly believe in ‘giving back’ to society and with One Percent Safer that means helping to raise more awareness about health and safety and the benefits from marginal gains and continuous improvement.

Alex Kokkonen

Director and Trustee

Alex is an accomplished executive with extensive international and multi-industry experience established over a 25+ year career. She has genuine global experience having lived on 4 continents, working in 50+ countries and across multiple industries, for major multinational blue chip companies in a variety of multi-disciplinary leadership positions. Alex is recognized by peers as a trusted leader, cultivating strong business relationships in a variety of diverse cultural settings. Her experience includes various blue chip multinationals in Europe, Asia and North America, across several industries including Healthcare, Automotive, Telecommunications, Banking, Defence, Consulting, FMCG, Technology, Airline, Insurance, Financial Services, Utilities, Oil & Gas. She is currently the Senior Industry Strategist and Advisor for DXC Technology focused on human performance.

Alex is a Fellow of CIMA holding a PhD., DBA, MBA, Master in Education, and Master of Applied Social Science (Counselling)

Tim Walsh

Director and Trustee

I have spent much of my career promoting the many benefits of good health and safety at work. That we can achieve something today to make the lives of working people just that little bit safer is such a simple, powerful idea.

Norman Richie

Director and Trustee

Norman Ritchie was educated as a Mechanical Engineer at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. He has 38 years of experience of project and risk management, largely in the oil and gas industry. As a Director of vPSI group, LLC, which he co-founded in 2003, Norman and his colleagues provide consulting and training in project management, performance measurement and improvement, principally in the areas of risk, loss prevention, safety, human performance and organizational learning.

He is an internationally sought-after speaker and acknowledged subject matter expert. A pioneer of web-based safety applications, Norman holds a broad US patent for online job safety analysis systems. Norman was a contributing author to the 2020 “One Percent Safer” book project. A past Chair of the American Society of Safety Professionals’ Houston Energy Corridor section, Norman was honored to be named the 2021 Safety Professional of the Year for Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and the US Gulf Coast.

In his spare time, Norman is President of the board of an animal welfare non-profit, is a Non-Executive Director of the One Percent Safer Foundation, and a GlobalScot Business Ambassador for Scottish Development International. Selected by Society of Petroleum Engineers International (SPE) as 2023-24 Distinguished Lecturer on the topic “New Methods for Learning from Incidents Involving Human & Organizational Performance”.

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Andrew Sharman

Director and Trustee

People are losing their lives today because of the work they do: nearly 2.8 million lives lost a year, that’s one every ten seconds. Through these tragic accidents real people turn into statistics, in the words of UB40, they become the “one in ten, a number on a list, even though I don’t exist… nobody knows me, even though I’m always there, a statistical reminder of a world that doesn’t care.”

I created One Percent Safer because I can’t accept these statistics – and I know we all have it in us to effect change and create a safer world. I hatched the idea of somehow harnessing wisdom into some sort of compendium that any leader, anywhere, could access and put into practice in order to build some incremental progress towards a safer, healthier world of work. Opening my ‘little black book’ and firing off a few emails with a rough concept of the book felt exciting at first – and then daunting to find, the next morning, no replies.

I waited. A reply arrived, and then another, and another. The contributions kept coming, from my ‘professional heroes’, eminent academics, top-notch scientists, business leaders, those with a story to share. Their stories, all 142 of them, are this book. Together, cumulatively, with thousands of small steps, we will save lives, today, tomorrow, every day.

Special thanks to our other volunteers...

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David Sharman

Shipping and distribution

When my son explained the One Percent Safer idea to me I wanted to find a way to help contribute to saving 28,000 lives every year. I packaged up the first 1,000 books and took them all to the Post Office. It’s a good way for a 78 year old to stay active and I’m delighted to be a volunteer.

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edwin stoop

Visual artist

Edwin produced a number of bespoke artwork illustrations for the One Percent Safer book plus additional promotional pieces – including an incredible 8m-long sketch/wall art, designed to bring The Movement to life through creativity. 

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Sam butlin

Website build and hosting

I am the Managing Director of UK-based web design agency, Webizzy. We’re providing our services to develop and maintain the One Percent Safer website. Health and safety is something that can be overlooked at work. For me, it can’t just be something we take seriously after something has happened. It’s about being proactive and doing something now, today, to protect people.

 

sarah thomas

Editing and proofing

In a moment of mind-boggling global crisis, it felt good to be a part of DOING something, not just feeling sad for the world–1% Safer gave me an opportunity to contribute to a movement to help educate and support others. Visit sarahthomaswriter.com 

Stephen Newman

Print management

It was our pleasure to be involved with the Print management of OPS a brilliant idea and for a worthy cause. Visit absoluteproof.co.uk