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As a safety practitioner, I was very interested to learn that the ICE will reissue its valuable little publication, The Management of Health & Safety in Civil Engineering (ICE News 9/16 August). The present A5 booklet is elegantly succinct, light and attractive - it is certainly small enough to keep in your laptop case.

I very much hope the new version of this publication is again in A5 format, with an eyecatching cover and well presented text and layout. A range of illustrated and punchy quotes from managers on lessons learnt would make it simply un-put-downable.

A free copy should be given to all grades of ICE membership and a CD ROM version made available with additional key checklists and main action points.

I feel strongly that, to achieve significant culture change, the ICE needs to exhort senior managers to lead in safety and raise the profile by getting out on site more.

After major mishaps, there are always plenty of senior staff at the subsequent enquiry, voicing concerns about never letting the event happen again and drawing up action plans.

Unfortunately, you do not see nearly so many out there beforehand, seeing things as they are, before the mishap.

Colin R Thompson (AM), 27 Church Road, Kelvedon, Essex, CO5 9JH

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