07 Mar 2023
It’s International Women’s Day! Why not learn a little more about one of our inspiration women, Emma Riordan our Senior SHE Consultant.
I actually decided to study health and safety management and French as a combined honours degree at Aston University. It was a toss-up between transport management or health and safety management at the time. I went with H&S and it paid off. I worked for a French company for 10 years, so the French came in handy too!
I don’t think that this is the case anymore – I feel it is more of an even keel, especially over the last 5 years or so.
Many obstacles but I believe that they build resilience. At the end of the day, I care about people going home to their families. Once you make that clear to people, they soften and begin to become involved and more engaged in the process. I think listening to people and what they have to say is important. Rather than dictating what the rules are and how they should be blindly followed.
I get job satisfaction from seeing a client taking on board a suggestion that we have found together. When risks are reduced and they see and feel the benefits for themselves and their employees, its amazing!
I have heard that women are better at managing and enforcing health and safety because they get listened to, I would disagree with that. Whether you are female or male the soft skills are as important as the technical skills. This combination makes the world of work a lot healthier and safer. Working in health and safety is incredibly rewarding. I don’t see it is a job, I see it as a bit of a calling, a job that I am lucky enough to do daily. Every day is a school day and every day is different. Some are more challenging than others, but always rewarding nether the less. I never mind getting up and going to work – even after a holiday!
Please feel free to connect with Emma on LinkedIn here, she would love to hear from you.