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I have found it compelling to write this article because it is becoming more and more fashionable to condemn and discredit the principles of behaviour-based safety. Common statements like “it puts the blame on the worker” or “It fails to understand the complexity of behaviour”. I find this intriguing as over the last two decades
By spending years and millions of dollars studying its teams, Google was trying to figure out how to build the perfect team in a project called Project Aristotle. The original hypothesis was that the perfect team is made by putting the right people together. But after collecting all data and doing thousands of interviews and
What’s the worst team you have ever belonged to and what was the best team you’ve ever been a part of? Teaming is teamwork on the fly. It’s coordinating and collaborating with people across boundaries of all kinds, for example, expertise, distance, time zone, to get work done. Think of a sports team. Sports teams
There were 8 traits that were common to the most trusted leaders, brands, and organisations of all time, even governments, 8 commonalities. The eight pillars of trust: 1. Clarity People trust the clear, and they mistrust or distrust the ambiguous. A leader that’s clear about the vision, we tend to get behind. Elections have been
What do communities, nations and entire cultures have in common? All are built of groups of people with a common set of values and beliefs. The survival of humanity depends on the ability to surround ourselves with people who believe what we believe. When we’re surrounded by people who believe what we believe something remarkable
There is no doubt safety is in a crisis right now. Over the years overall safety has improved but nobody is able to say if the absence of a high injury quotes is proof of the presence of safety and the recent fatalities are evidence that safety isn’t always present. That brings us to the
“In the old days, coal miners took a caged canary with them underground. If the canary dropped dead the workers knew that the mine is filling up with gas and they need to get out of there.” The technology has changed but the concept is still important because of the canary acts as a warning
In any workplace where potentially hazardous equipment is in use, or where there are activities taking place that could pose a risk to workers, regular safety inspections are essential for the creation and maintenance of a high-performance safety culture. Safety inspections enable risks to be identified and quantified and are the first step towards designing
One of the biggest challenges that all types of organisations face when trying to establish and maintain a high-performance safety culture is finding ways in which to promote and encourage workplace safety behaviours. The SmartCard system is a highly effective way of achieving this. The SmartCard system is designed to actively sustain your behavioural-based safety
The role and importance of leaders when it comes to safety culture and performance cannot be overstated, it is crucial that business leaders stay informed and up to date when it comes to health and safety matters. Safety leadership is one of the key determining factors as to the levels of safety behaviour displayed in
A safety audit is a crucial process in understanding the overall effectiveness of your safety management system (SMS), but it should entail more than just the identification of workplace hazards and risks. Rather, safety audits should evaluate the overall design of your SMS and how it is being implemented across all areas of your operations.
The aim of any business or organisation should be to create a high performance safety culture in which there is workforce engagement, and where safety behaviours are always on display. Such a culture requires strong safety leadership and a workforce who is motivated not only to follow safety procedures, but also feel confident in raising
All companies want to provide safe working environments and create strong safety cultures. But if so, why are some considerably more effective in this sphere than others? Why are some organisations able to create high performance safety cultures, while others struggle in this space? It often comes down to the quality of safety leadership. What
As any experienced safety consultant will be able to tell you, there are some common underlying causes when it comes to workplace safety incidents in Australia. Although there will naturally be some regional variations, and differences between industries, generally speaking it has been found that these are six of the most common causes of incidents
Any person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) in Western Australia is obliged under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 and the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 to have a workplace safety plan that details the actions that should be undertaken in an emergency. The legislation requires that all workplaces develop and implement
In Western Australia, workers have protections through OSH legislation that mandates an employer’s responsibilities and liabilities with regard to workplace health and safety, to ensure as far as practicable that workers are not harmed or injured at work. Section 19(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 (OSH Act) in Western Australia sets out what is
The world of business and industry can change quickly, as can your organisation. Staff turnover, new product lines or facilities, an expansion — all of these mean change and they can come at you fast. It is easy for safety training to get overlooked or neglected when your organisation is evolving and growing; however, there
What is required to establish a high-performance safety culture in your business or organisation you wonder? Our long experience in safety leadership and management has shown us that there are three stages that need to be worked through in order to create a safety culture with which an entire workforce can engage. The first is
Workplace health and safety is the backbone of any business. Especially since the cost of workplace injuries can be huge. They can have a massive impact on not only the day-to-day running of your business but projected business in the future. It is tempting to cut corners when it comes to workplace health and safety
It may be easy to turn a blind eye to health and safety under the carpet, which is what a lot of people do. The immediate and direct benefits of workplace health and safety aren’t always obvious. Production is often prioritised and workplace health and safety can often be neglected. However, implementing an effective workplace
Workplace health and safety is a primary consideration for all business. When it comes to safety, prevention is the optimal strategy. However, despite your best efforts, there may still come a time when an accident or injury occurs. Good workplace health and safety standards and procedures not only help reduce this risk but demonstrate a
Everything we do carries an element of risk and the workplace is one place where the amount of risk can vary substantially. There is a lot of legislation and guidance around risk management, in particular, workplace health and safety. The amount of risk in a workplace is typically determined by a number of influential factors
Workplace health and safety isn’t just about abiding by the law. It can have huge financial benefits too, making it an investment for you and your business. Hiring a workplace health and safety expert, such as a safety consultant, will also take all of the stress out of making sure that you are not only
We always start with safety is “Controlling and Reducing Exposure” (CARE) to hazards, and everyone plays a role in this approach. Safety comes from our actions (Behaviours), either as employers or as employees. So understanding and applying Human Factors to safety efforts and enhancing organisational culture is an important strategic element. Stephen B. Karpman, M.D.
We always start with; Safety is “Controlling and Reducing Exposure” (CARE) to hazards, and everyone plays a role in safety. Safety is achieved through our actions (Behaviours), either as employers or as employees. So understanding and applying Human Factors to safety efforts and enhancing organisational culture is an important strategic element. Stephen B. Karpman, M.D.
When you ask employees what they’d rather have, cash or a gift, they always say, “Oh, just give me the money.” So why is it that when you give them cash or cash substitutes like Gift Certificates to the local mall, it’s less effective than doing a gift program like ours? There are several reasons.
Human Factors is important in our effort for safety improvement. Safety is about people and how they interact with hazards in the workplace. Therefore behaviour is still critical in protecting people from harm. Applying behavioural science and human factors is complex. I find when we get into the complexity of Human Factors some people end
In this post we will share how we think about elements of safety, so you can understand Barclay Safety Solutions will start you on the safety transformation journey. Now I am sure these points of view are not revolutionary, I am positive most people would see these elements the same way! What makes safety transformation