david cant

Trusted to make a difference!

A safety + health practitioner armed with a refreshing trademark mix of technical know-how, practical insight and a rolled-up sleeves approach, committed to helping businesses and people shape safety risk management the way it should be.

about david

David Cant - Chartered Safety Practitioner

As the founder of Veritas Consulting, David has been at the heart of a UK health and safety consultancy for two decades, helping businesses pave the path to sustainable safety culture and foster a better understanding around workplace safety – while fixing the potholes along the way.

David is a Chartered Fellow (CFIOSH) of IOSH (The world’s largest membership organisation for recognised safety professionals), which honours individuals who have made significant contributions to influence the practice of safety and risk management in wider society.

As well as recognised for being among the most sought after practitioners in the industry, he is a frequent columnist contributor to well-read industry journals, a mentor-coach and adviser to CEOs, senior management, and people on the frontline.

Standing out from the crowd

Over the years, David has made a name for himself as a trusted voice in safety and risk management. Across the industry, he has used social media, networking, published numerous blog articles, built long-term professional partnerships, appeared on TV, and has been interviewed by reputable organisations to solidify his enviable reputation.

Professional Industry Memberships:

• Chartered Fellow member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (CFIOSH)
• Member of the International Institute of Risk Safety Management (MIIRSM)
• Member of The Institute of Leadership and Management (MinstLM)
• Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register (OSHCR)
• Member of Institute of Construction Management (MIConstM)
• Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI)
• Member of the Association of Coaching (MAC)

Safety risk management is about people, not paperwork

Having been on both sides of the industry table, as a wood butcher and as a safety consultant. David uses his extensive knowledge and insight to help businesses cut through the red -tape (with a safety blade of course) and decode the jargon to enable them to get on with the things they do best.

Your business can achieve better risk management by making three small changes:

  • Focus more on your people and less on the paperwork
  • Spend more time understanding why employees do what they do
  • Be innovative with engaging and communicating with your employees.

Let David help you

By working with David, you can be assured that whatever you need, he will use everything he has learned over a long career in the industry to support, coach and act as a reliable resource and trusted business partner, rather than a man just walking around with a clipboard.


It is easier to describe what David does not do than list all the services he can dream up. He does not offer “off the shelf” safety risk management solutions. Instead, David works with businesses to identify what they need to overcome challenges and develop tailored solutions to improve organisational performance.

CDM Principal Designers

Strategy Workshops

Businesses optimising their safety and risk management strategies are the core ingredients for improving safety performance.

Through regular workshops, we will work with you and your team to make a lasting difference in productivity and your business.

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Coaching for safety leadership

Sounding Board

Regular 1:1 coaching sessions for people and teams who want to raise their game .

Sounding board can be on a retained basis or as and when required, either virtually or over the phone.

Most existing clients book regular 1hr coaching sessions over a 6-month basis and see results immediately.

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Learn at Lunch

Short informal training, CPD or development sessions over zoom or in person while you eat and drink, designed to be relaxed, collaborative and motivate people to learn more about workplace safety topics.

Very popular with clients on a monthly basis.

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Don’t take Davids word for it…..read what people have said!

“David developed strategies that work well in our workplace, somehow managing to be straightforward while also providing unexpected added value.”

Mark Barrow - Managing Director at the SEC Group

“Thank you very much for the training session the team thought it was very good, informative and has given us a few things to work on.

Following the positive session, I would like to replicate for other areas of the business including Rail, Structures & Infrastructure Design.”

Alex Jones - Head of Health and Safety at BWB Consulting

“David provided us with a review of our Health and Safety management systems and streamlined our processes and procedures for us to work with.

David’s personable nature made what could have been an onerous task a lot easier.” 

Jenny Smith - L&D Director at The Helm Property Group

“I just wanted to say a huge thank you for your support over the past twelve months.

Despite the continual challenges that this pandemic has created, we have managed to continue to operate safely on our sites across the UK and complete projects on time and to high quality, a fact that has been acknowledged and applauded by our clients.

We are hugely proud of how our team has responded, and as you are very much part of our team, we wanted you to know how grateful we are for your contribution.

I look forward to continuing to succeed together”.

Iain Holden - CEO of The TSK Group

from the blog

All the practical insights and quality guidance you need to help improve safety risk management strategy and performance.

Safety Coaching for Managers by David Cant


Coach, Don’t Manage: Working Together For A Healthier Safety Culture

If you’ve ever read my blog or seen one of my posts on LinkedIn, you’ll know that I firmly believe in coaching, not managing. But what do I actually mean by this?

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Safety coaching, talks and briefings


Five Tips For More Engaging Safety Briefings

Briefings are crucial for creating an effective culture of safety and communicating the important messages colleagues need to hear.

Without proper communication, people can fall out of the loop with procedures, rules, and updates, which can, in turn, put them at risk of serious injury or worse. When people are on the same page, you expect things to run smoothly.

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The Types of Risk-Taker and How To Spot Them

As a health and safety manager, it’s frustrating when near misses or accidents occur because someone took an unnecessary risk.

Whether it’s because someone failed to use the right equipment, cut corners, or was simply cavalier with their own safety and the safety of those around them, the consequences of risk-taking can be dire.

Your first response in these situations, understandably, might be to punish the person responsible for choosing to take that risk. But, if you look deeper, you might find that things aren’t quite that straightforward.

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