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Safety Leadership

Safety Leadership

Building a safety culture that enables your safety management system to work as it should

We offer:
  • Over 7 years track record in high hazard sectors
  • Ability to engage your top team, leaders, managers & supervisors
  • Leadership and culture in service of making your safety management system work

We all know that leader’s actions and attitudes shape culture. We also know that the right culture makes the right safety management systems work as they were intended. The Safety Leadership Programmes we have developed with senior leaders in our client organisations help them define the culture they wish to create, identify what behaviours and attitudes they personally need to role model and equip them with a number of practical tools and actions that make a real difference. The leaders we work with know (and the research backs this up), that companies with a Generative Safety Culture produce the best safety performance. We work with our clients across the globe to take meaningful steps towards creating a generative culture that is:-

  • Informed – leaders genuinely listen to workers and know what is going on because people at all levels are prepared to give and receive feedback – both positive and negative.
  • Mindful – leaders know that even the best safety systems have gaps – by constantly looking for weak signals, leaders can find and address these gaps.
  • Learning – lessons are learned and acted on across different parts of the organisation.
  • Fairness – expectations are clear and leaders are careful to ensure that a ‘no blame’ approach is put in place
  • Respectful – ideas are sought out and given proper consideration; workers report that leaders treat them with dignity and with sensitivity to the local culture.

In this type of safety culture leaders know that what is good for safety is good for business.  They know that a successful business is a safe one.

We design and deliver programmes for senior executives and also initiatives that engage line managers and supervisors.

Our impact evaluations show that to achieve maximum impact, leaders must make personal commitments to action and ensure that these are systematically reviewed as part of the safety management system.

 Our approach

  • Ensuring each leader is clear on how the Company’s Vision for HSE integrates with the business strategy and their own role as safety leaders.
  • Helping leaders examine where they are now in terms of their own safety leadership behaviours (via data gathered from their own business units).
  • Equipping leaders with a range of tools and techniques to help them be more effective safety leaders.
  • Helping leaders consider how their actions feed into and can be tracked, in terms of process safety and personal safety measures.
  • Running a safety Leadership Programme represents a major opportunity to gather insights and data on safety issues throughout the organisation.
  • When teams who work together attend as an intact team, the greatest momentum for action and commitment to change is achieved.

We recognise that leaders attending an SLP is not a one-off solution.  The most effective implementation requires reinforcement, across the whole organisation, with follow-up activities and links into on-going HSE and business initiatives, to ensure that the desired generative safety culture is created and sustained.

Example: 1 day Safety Leadership Programme for Line Managers

Welcome and Scene Setting

  • Safety   briefing and safety moment
  • Course   overview, aims and introductions

Managers Safety Responsibilities

  • What   managers’ need to pay attention to
  • The   manager’s role in shaping culture and its implications
  • Your   HSE initiatives, Hazard/Risk Awareness
  • The   Organisation’s Behavioural Standard for Safety
  • Legal   implications for Managers


Safety Leadership – why are we doing it?

  • Input  from Chief Executive – how the organisation sees Safety Leadership
  • Living   up to the Safety value – delegates’ safety challenges


Practical ways to help Leaders make   a different

  • Safety   Culture Ladder Assessment
  • What   is safety culture and why does it matter
  • Advanced   Safety Conversations

What’s at stake here?    The manager’s moral responsibility

Course review and key points summary

  • Personal   commitments to safety leadership
  • Action   tracker follow-up mechanism


What happens when Safety Leadership is missing

  • Introduction   to the Swiss Cheese and Bow-Tie models



Case Study 1 – Macondo disaster ‘The failure of   Defence in Depth’



Case Study 2 – Macondo Disaster ‘The human &   Organisational Causes of Disaster’



Analysis of   case study & parallels in your organisation




For more information please contact us


Read our blogs relating to this subject

Blog - How business partnering skills can add value to HSE Management

Blog - Catastrophes Culture Not Conkers

Blog - The Leaders Roles in Managing Safety

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