Directors and senior managers must carefully monitor decision-making at all levels of a business to ensure there is no unseen dilution of safety standards, says Mike Robinson.

2020 has started with some big risks high up in the news. From fires in Australia as a harbinger of the climate’s power, to violence in the Middle East and, closer to home, the risks involved in leaving the EU, it is these large risks that tend to dominate our attention.

However, if a business is like a body, we should also remember that much of what goes on is also hard to see, with multiple processes that we are barely aware of. Anyone who has ever tried to bring to mind every muscle-action that allows us to walk will understand why this is necessary. Conscious awareness of such complexity is generally overwhelming and, inevitably, can land you flat on your back.

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