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SCnSP – Running Like Hell and Panting Like Crazy

♦♦  CULTURE   &   SAFETY PERFORMANCE  ♦♦
Nov 2016
     

Running like hell, panting like crazy

What it takes to be a “top dog” …
… doing instead of talking

Picture: panting like crazy

     

Do you feel like you’re running like hell and panting like crazy … and getting nowhere? Then this one is for you, whether you are a CEO or a frontline manager. At each level, you are a leader in your own right. In fact, at home, in your family and in your community you are a leader, without appointment or position – merely by your actions.

There are thousands of books, written on leadership.
My take on leadership is simple and practical.

Leadership is what you believe, what you see, what you hear, what you read and learn, but, most of all, what you do:

  • the movement you create by the action you take (because words rarely change things);
  • the trust you create – envision, change, simplify, know and innovate;
  • the integrity you show – listen, respect, recognise, care and relate;
  • the way you deal with accountability – fix, coach, build, help, empower and expect results.

Leaders don’t wait for instructions – they provide direction.

If you are spending your time in meetings, instructing, prescribing, following up, chasing, checking, reviewing, supervising and, in general, trying to control what other people are or should be doing, then you are not leading, but managing [1]. You are most probably running like hell and panting like crazy.

Picture: Disruptive safety call to action icon

Do work that matters.
Care about how what you do impacts on others.
Protect and grow your people, balance priorities with resources, empower your people, make them think and then get out of their way.

Stand back, take a helicopter view, educate and empower and move your people from dependence to interdependence.
Why? There’ll be less running and panting and definitely more positive results.

[1]    You manage/handle horses, not people! Manage comes from manege ‹ Italian maneggiare to handle, train (horses), derivative of mano ‹ Latin manus hand. Present use, to be in charge of, run, be head of, head, direct, control, preside over, lead, govern, rule, command, superintend, supervise, oversee, administer, organise, conduct, handle, take forward, guide, be at the helm of.

RELATED LINKS

Purpose” from the series “Safety on a Shoestring Budget

Safety as a Value – Leaders’ Roles and Responsibilities

Safety, for Safety’s Sake

Gupta Lessons

Action Speaks Louder Than Words

The Politics of Safety

Discipline and Passion

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SCnSP – I Don’t Have Time

♦♦♦   SAFETY CULTURE   &   SAFETY PERFORMANCE   ♦♦♦

In this series, I share with you my thoughts on Why Safety Is An Issue For Most Companies. One of the Things We Must Address If We Want To Improve Our Safety Performance is to look in the mirror and honestly assess the importance of safety.

I Don’t Have Time

The Number 1 Excuse For Not Getting Things Done

This is one of the most frequent excuses used by all of us, because we always have more things to do than time to do them in.

So, what determines whether or not something on the To-Do List will get time?
What gives one item the edge, the higher priority, over another item?
Compliance deadlines and fear of penalties or suspension of business?
Sure.
Hooray for  The  Fear  Factor.

But we all know that The Fear Factor will only get you so far. Though we may not want to admit it, there is no doubt in my mind that, busy or not, if something is important to you, you will “find the time” to do it. And that brings us to the subject of the other motivators –   Need  and  Desire.

picture depicting possible drivers fear and passion

The challenge for most Safety Professionals is how to move people from behaviour which is driven by fear to behaviour which is driven by need (fundamental) and/or desire (passion). Coupled with that is their (often) difficult task of getting management to invest valuable production time and other resources to achieve that objective.

When it comes to safety, fear will always be a motivator, to an extent. Who wants to die or be severely injured, or even handicapped for life?
Wouldn’t it be great, though, if the time we allocate to safe behaviour and practices and coaching was driven by a deep-seated passion to keep our employees and our peers and fellow-workers (and ourselves) safe from harm? To keep our environment and resources safe from harm?

Do you have the time for safety? How important is it to you? How passionate are you about creating and/or maintaining a safe workplace, home, community? Is safety in your company driven by fear, or is it driven by passion for people and the environment … or more by one than the other? And is it enough to make your co-workers invest personally in safety if you aren’t willing to invest the time?

… it’s never too late to change …

“If the past was not bright, then polish the future.”
Heather-Lynn Roberts

ACTION

  • Think before you use the “I don’t have time” excuse. All it says to people is that, although you say “Safety Is No. 1”, it really isn’t, thus wreaking havoc with your credibility.
  • Review your personal motivators for Safety. Plan your time to deal with the important things every day rather than get swamped by all the urgent stuff.
  • Review your co-workers’ and decision-makers’ motivators and find ways to move yourself and the people you work with from compliance-driven to passion-driven. Make sure that the adrenalin-junkies and risk-takers know to keep those drives out of the workplace.

RELATED READING

Stop Hiding

Politics of Safety – Time

So Many Meetings, So Little Time

Excuse List” – from the book Life EduAction by Jürgen Tietz

“Waiting at the Doctors – Time & Priorities” – from the book Life EduAction by Jürgen Tietz

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SCnSP – The Best Audits

♦♦  CULTURE   &   SAFETY PERFORMANCE  ♦♦
Oct 2013

In this series, I share with you my thoughts on Why Safety Is An Issue For Most Companies. One of the Things We Must Address If We Want To Improve Our Safety Performance is to examine the purpose for Safety Audits and how this necessary practice can be used as an improvement tool.

     

The Best Audits

     

If your company operates on the principle that safety audits are carried out by Safety Professionals for the purpose of policing non-compliance to “The Rules and Standards”, then read on.

The safety fraternity has adopted this practice from the accounting profession for good reason – inspecting, examining, checking and verifying of safety systems, procedures and equipment are all necessary. Sadly, the correction aspect is seldom seen as an improvement tool, and the safety audit, rather than being a means to an end, is merely the end itself.

So how do you facilitate a mindset shift from “This safety audit is a necessary evil of policing, inflicted by some external source (the Safety Professionals)” to “This safety audit is a powerful self-improvement tool ” ?

  1. Invest the time necessary to make sure everyone understands the fundamental purpose (in its entirety) for continuous safety audits, viz.

  2. Make safety auditing an on-going line responsibility (same as you do with output, costs, quality, etc.).
  3. The systems, rules and regulations, standards and procedures should not only be “in place” and working, but also be accepted and understood by all, so as to foster an ownership mentality.
  4. Auditing of plant and equipment, safety mechanisms, fire fighting, first aid, emergency equipment, interlocks, trips and alarms, instruments and other safety critical devices with a “look to see” mindset will highlight aspects that could be improved on.
  5. Make sure that the inspection, examination, verification and reporting aspect of a safety audit is not used as an excuse for “not having time” to workshop and implement improvements.

ACTION

'Stop unsafe practice' and 'Safety Champion Recognition' tool - isiZulu version

  • Issue each auditor with a set of 2 red and 4 green cards. Red to stop an unsafe practice / operation and green to recognise people who are doing the right or safe thing. This will force the auditors to look for the GOOD things and find safety champions to recognise.
  • Schedule time to coach line people to do self-audits. (This investment in time will save you plenty of time in the long run.) Then, at the annual Safety Day, recognise and reward those who self-audit well, instead of just those with the best metrics.
  • Auditor Hat - A practical application of the audit logos
    Audit Hat Logos e.g. PPE Examiner, Work Permit Specialist, Machinery Expert and more

  • Get the auditors to wear hats / badges, depicting the focus area which they will be looking at. This gives high visibility and at the same time ensures that each auditor is concentrating on one specific aspect of safety.
  • Although I am against paperwork, consider drawing up an audit preparation check list: What to do and have ready for an effective audit. Provide training for the ‘hosts’, as well as your team leaders and safety reps, on how to enable an audit.
  • Give feedback on the audit findings to the ‘players’ who “push the buttons and use the tools”, not only to the ‘coaches’ (managers). The players have just as much a role to play in the safety ‘game’!

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What’s in a Hat?

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SAPICS Conference Feedback

Keynote: Peopology – the Key to Sustainable Transformation
Feedback and Award

 

Dear Jurgen

I am delighted to advise you that you were awarded the SABMiller Kingfisher award at the SAPICS conference this week. This award is for the most innovative presentation and was voted for by the people who attended your presentation.

We are very grateful to you for your participation in the conference and the value you added to the delegates who attended your session. We shall certainly create the opportunity for a wider audience to attend your next presentation at our event!

We look forward to working with you again.

Jenny Froome, Manager, SAPICS

Jurgen Tietz' Most Innovative Presentation CertificateJurgen Tietz' Most Innovative Presentation Award

I couldn’t let this occasion pass without thanking all the people who have touched my life, who have given me the opportunity to share my thinking, who have enriched me and who have enabled me to grow during my career as a speaker.

When I was told that I had received this award, I felt both humbled and proud:

Humbled that it was the conference delegates that honoured me with their votes.

Proud that the committee allowed me to present my paper on one of my “pet” subjects and that the award is sponsored by SAB Miller, a company which has winning people and teams as part of their values = innovation.

In return, I can only promise to continue to strive to add value and help you meet your goals for a safe, healthy and environmentally-friendly workplace and life.

Jürgen Tietz

… found your presentation extremely motivating and relevant to most of the issues we are currently experiencing….not just at work but as a society.

Shane van Wyk, Business Solutions Specialist Bidvest Panalpina

I attended your presentation at SAPICS and applaud your innovation and award. … I look forward to attending future conferences where your wisdom is spread and people are inspired.

Fiona van der Linde, Manager GDSN, Traceability & Product Recall: GS1, Consumer Goods Council of South Africa

… Thoroughly enjoyed …

Ruth Edwards, Commercial Manager Specialist Inventory & Warehousing Commercial Services Procurement & Supply Chain, AngloGold Ashanti Limited, Continental Africa Region

… Great presentation …

Gert Kruger, HoD Supply Chain Omnia

Excellent presentation. Connect with the audience right from the start. Really felt inspired by him. AWESOME.

Great presentation!

Informative and practical in his presentation about leadership.

Awesome talk, really inspirational.

Motivating speaker.

Best speaker – Excellent topic and samples to proof his teachings.

He is straight to the point more on to people.

Super!

Well done, thanks!!!

Very good speaker – I like the way he incorporates diversity in his presentation.

Excellent tactics to get people involved, which in turn brings about change!

Very inspirational.

Deserves a bigger platform.

Yes! Want to see him again! most innovative, down to earth yet knowledgeable speaker. Awesome!!! Thank you!

Excellent!

Brilliant!

Best speaker

Well done. Must come back next year.

Excellent presentation.

He’s excellent. See him at future conferences YES YES YES, great presenter.

Brilliant speaker. Knows the topic.

Very good! Thank you.

The best so far!

Wow what a presenter. Very knowledgeable person.

Powerful workshop.

Excellent and engaging speaker.

Wow!!! Thanks a lot for your energetic presentation. all said was a true reflection of how our workplace is. Looking forward to seeing you next year.

Summary of feedback/comments from forms completed by delegates

Congratulations on winning the award for most innovative presentation!

It has been a pleasure meeting you and working with you in the run up to the conference. I look forward to working with you in the future.

Cindy-Lee Vosloo, Upavon Events Assistant

Jurgen gets to hold the valuable Kingfisher Trophy

Congratulations again on a well deserved award. Henrietta, in my team … raved about it.

David Crewe-Brown from SAB Miller accepts the award on Jurgen Tietz' behalf

Henrietta also advised that we invite you to SAB at some stage to inspire some of our SC people.

David Crewe-Brown,
Supply Chain Development Manager SAB Miller

Congratulations my old friend. I knew you could do it.

Mike Wilkie, Manager Mechanical Ngodwana Mill, Sappi Paper & Paper Packaging

Congratulations are in order, and well done to you for receiving this accolade. I also wish to express my thanks to you for all of your monthly newsletters and guidance. Still looking forward to meeting you sometime and in the meantime look after yourself, and keep those tips coming.

Darrel Baillie, SHE Facilitator Industrial Safety SAA Tech

Well done and congratulations. I am very glad that this recognition was given to you. If I read the citation I agree that you are the wothy recipient of this award.

Merten Jansen Van Rensburg, Regional Risk Services ManagerSappi

Well done, deservedly so.

Keep it up !

Henry Merrick, Group S&H Manager AEL Mining Services

Congratulations and well done!

Greg White, WCM & Energy Champion & Plant Manager, Saint-Gobain Gyproc

Close-up of the SAB Miller Kingfisher Award Trophy' behalf

Congratulations

Kaizer Khunwane, HSEC Manager Xstrata Coal, Phoenix Mine

Congratulations, that is awesome.

Roberta Prophet, Africa Cluster Safety Coordinator Unilever

Congratulations with the award. You thoroughly deserve it.

Well done.

Rudy J Raath, Mine Manager THG Richtersveld Operations

Well done Jurgen, keep the ball rolling.

Graham Burn, Group Process Operations SHEQ Manager (Pr Cert Engineer) Anglo Platinum Base Metals Refiners Waterval Farm

Congratulations Jurgen! Well deserved.

Justin Cohen, International Speaker & Author

Congratulations top speakers …

Tom Bonkenburg, Director European Operations, St Onge Company, Netherlands

Well done Jurgen … you definitely are one of the best I have seen!

Tibor Szana, Director: Construction; Major Hazard installations & Explosives
Department of Labour

Congratulations on your award. Due to your intervention, I am able to think out of the box, which enabled me to add value to our business of producing electricity.

Peter Granville May, Senior Advisor Fire Risk & Emergency Management Eskom Sustainability

My sincere congratulations on your achievement …

Mathews Amunghete, Chief Inspector of Mines – Mine Safety & Services Division, Directorate of Mines, Ministry of Mines & Energy Namibia

Congratulations on your award. Indeed it is well deserved. I have had my own experience of working with you and know this from first hand experience. Well done.

Tumi Tsehlo, Managing Director SA Mint Company

You deserve it.

Keith Stewart, MD Combustion & Gas Burner Services aka Gasburn

Well done on your Most Innovative Presentation award, excellent!

Gavin Halse, Director Product Strategy AdaptIT Durban

Jurgen!! CONGRATULATIONS!! Well done!

I honestly think it is more a matter of you touching other people’s lives than vice versa. Your sincerity and enthusiasm always motivates me.

I really enjoyed reading your paper. Thanks for sharing it with me.

Isa Fourie, Senior AdvisorEskom Kendal Power Station

Congratulations! Well done!

Annie Greeff, Consultant

Well done Jurgen – keep thinking and talking the important messages …

Gary Bowles, MD Sappi Chemical Cellulose Saiccor Mill

Well done Jürgen. You deserve it.

Edwin Matlapeng, Mine Safety Manager Goldfields South Deep Mine

Congratulations on an award you richly deserve. Bestowed upon you by your peers – it’s wonderful.

When I first met you at the speakers convention, it was then that I recognized your innovative presentation talents and went on to say to the chairman at the time ‘watch that quiet unassuming little man with the one eye – there goes one of the most underrated speakers – he will emerge!’

Your award bears testimony to what I predicted when I first met you. You are a giant – be proud!

Alain de Woolf, Entertainer

Well done you deserve the recognition.

Chris Silver, Business Unit Manager Exxaro Tshikondeni Mine

I also would like to acknowledge and appreciate all your efforts in keeping us abreast in current safety trends.

Kekeletso Selepe, Principal Technical Official Eskom

… It is an even greater pleasure to learn of your achievement. Well done to you and it is undoubtedly well deserved.

May you continue to grow from strength to strength.

Pauline Pirthi, Regional Business Planning & Strategy Manager Eskom

Well done on the achievement, Jurgen, you deserve it….because you are special.

Alex Stramrood, Corp OHS Manager (Op) Operational – Sustainability Div, Eskom

Thank you as well for each and every email received over the years …

Morkel van Wyk Goldfields

Congratulations on that milestone I think you have deserved that.

Anton Stevens, Project SHE Manager Bakubung Platinum Mine (Wesizwe), WorleyParsonsTWP

Congratulations on the award!

Cara Woollacott, Senior Practioner: SC Risk Coordinator Sasol Group Services

To a true Champion of his topics JURGEN TIETZ CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!

Cecil Cordiglia, Safety Officer Transnet Rail – Rail Management Engineering

Congratulations Jurgen

Elain Chetty, SHE: IMS Practitioner Sasol oil Supply Chain         Landela Madubane, SHEQ Manager Transnet

Congratulations!

What a great achievement!

Allan Ingham-Brown, HR Manager Cargo Motors

This is indeed a fantastic award. It will definitely not be awarded to you if it was not well deserved. Keep up the good work and thank you for the wonderful contribution towards Safety. You are truly making a difference.

Johan van Wyk, Senior Specialist SCR – Emergency Response Sasol Group Services

Congratulations on your prize, it indeed befits what you are and what you stand for. Were I also in attendance, I couldn’t had any other chance but to vote you being the best.

Keep up the good work … Keep those beautiful messages coming.

Letlatsa Tseka, Safety Risk Management Business Integration & Performance Management, Eskom Transmission Division, Simmerpan, Germiston

WoW. Congratulations! That certainly is a great honour and recognition for you. However not un-deservedly so. You have touched the lives of so many people and their families (by giving powerful messages that have in many ways contributed to the improved safety and well-being of people) and also by the uplifting example of your life and your leadership philosophy.

You are for me a shining example of what one of the radio-stations are promoting – LEAD SA.

Willem Mare, HR Business Partner Mondelez aka Kraft

Well done.  The cream always rises to the top.

Stan Savitz, MD Joint Manager, Safety Through Empowerment of People

Your innovative approach and passion in whatever you do has finally been properly acknowledged – Congratulations!!!!!

Phuti Kgano, Consultant Behavioural Safety

Congratulations!

Pam Leppich, Safety Officer Consol Klip

Siyakubongela.

Hlangabeza Gumede, Principal Specialist Chamber of Mines

Congratulations to you. I am proud to say that you really deserved it. Your talks are really motivating and I always learn a lot from you.

Makwena Mashaba, Safety Officer Eskom Matimba Power Station, Risk & Assurance

Congratulations, Jurgen! Well done!

(Dr) Graham Edwards, CE AECI

Congratulations with the award received, it is great to be acknowledged when doing “good work” !

Fritz Konig, QAM AECI

Congratulations upon the achievement of the award … I’m grateful for your tips sent to me which I have been reading …

Robert Nuwagaba Kasese Cobalt Co Ltd Uganda

Congratulations on the award, you needed to be recognized for your passion on safety issues.

I am sure you have and continue to coach South Africans on how to handle Safety.

Nomasonto Monapathi Goldfields

Congratulations on the award, you needed to be recognized for your passion on safety issues.

I am sure you have and continue to coach South Africans on how to handle Safety.

Nomasonto Monapathi Goldfields

Congratulations! Mr Tietz, you really deserved this award. You are one in a million.

Annie Ntoampe Eskom

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SCnSP – What’s Your Worth (MyBragBook.com)

♦♦  CULTURE   &   SAFETY PERFORMANCE  ♦♦
Jun 2013

In this series, I share with you my thoughts on Why Safety Is An Issue For Most Companies. One of the Things We Must Address If We Want To Improve Our Safety Performance is the importance of recognition, constructive criticism, tracking progress and acting on feedback.

     

What’s Your Worth?

My Brag Book

Picture: Testimonials and Client Feedback

     

As a safety professional or department, you are providing a service to all the employees of your company. It is a challenge to judge how you are doing as a service provider. What is the perceived value you bring to the business? You should see yourself as an independent consultant. What would the people you serve do if they had a choice to use whomever they prefer as a safety provider? Would they rather hire someone else?

The best way to get feedback is to simply ASK for it. ASK the people you serve and do not assume. ASK: “What value did my talk, service, input, advice, etc. add for you?” I have yet to find someone who refused to oblige, when asked.

Here are a few tips on how to ASK:

  • Keep it simple. One question and not a list of 10.
  • If the reply is negative, then use the feedback as a foundation for ‘unpacking’ – What? Why? and How?
  • Record it as a short interview on video or audio, or request an email.
  • Feedback or survey forms are a waste of time, most of the time. They are prone to the ‘Tick-Tick’ syndrome. Often just one negative comment sticks in your mind and gives you the feeling of ‘failure’.
  • Do not take it personally if the feedback / criticism is negative.
  • Always thank the people giving you the feedback for having made the time and effort to point out alternative options.
  • Ask for feedback right after the event / intervention / service / project.

One of the core motivators for most people is RECOGNITION. Keep a BragBook or file of your achievements. Self-appraisal helps you and your team to re-energise and stay on track. As a keynote speaker at safety events, I get my feedback from:

  • The audience reaction during my talk.
  • People who speak to me after the event and people quoting phrases I used in my talk – like ‘YEBO BABA!‘.
  • People buying my book, because they want a ‘piece of me’ to take home / to sustain the message I gave them.

In addition, I ASK for written feedback or get a video recording of feedback from the event organiser or MC, which gives me a good measure of how well I met their expectations.

See my online BragBook for some of my highly-valued client feedback.

ACTION

Keep a BragBook or Feedback File. Keep it up to date. Review it every so often – it’s a great way for you and your team to feel good and stay motivated. It has the added benefit of helping you to get perspective on your achievements and the progress you are making.

It is too easy in our ‘crazy busy’ life to feel lost and demotivated. List those things which you and your team have completed and which make you proud. Collect photos, videos and written testimonials as well as scanned images of documents.

In my personal BragBook, apart from photos and videos, I have a copy of my property’s title deed, cuttings from newsletter or newspaper articles, certificates of achievement, performance graphs, posters & logos, letters of appointment, articles I have written and testimonials from people I have coached, or who have read my book.

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SCnSP – Action Speaks Louder Than Words

♦♦  CULTURE   &   SAFETY PERFORMANCE  ♦♦
Apr 2013

In this series, I share with you my thoughts on Why Safety Is An Issue For Most Companies. One of the Things We Must Address If We Want To Improve Our Safety Performance is the role of leadership.

     

Action Speaks Louder Than Words

Picture: Toolbox

     

I always say to people:

There is nothing which moves people more than ACTION
and nothing which is more powerful
than prompt, pro-active ACTION.

I then follow this up with:

Talking about the smart tools you have in your toolbox
is not the same as getting the job done.

We are masters at being re-active, especially when we have problems or if the old system / plan is not delivering results. We are good at:

  • Setting up too many initiatives and thrusts and over complicating things.
  • Talking and making new plans or setting up new systems.
  • Writing new policies and procedures.
  • Putting things on papers or posters (just a piece of paper).

Many years back, I had a mentor Jan Lys, who was a real “Staatmaker” (a person you can depend on). He taught me the following piece of wisdom:

Be the master of your deeds,
not the slave of your words.

Many of us are poor at:

  • Taking ACTION, pro-active ACTION – doing and implementing and measuring progress / results.
  • Breaking plans down into small doable stepping stones with milestones.
  • Communicating and engaging people and giving feedback.
  • Completing / finishing – “It’s done when you’re finished; it’s complete when it doesn’t come back to bite you for 5 years” Thomas Leonard
  • Perseverance, sticking to the basics and improving on the results.
  • Making our change efforts lead to real, sustainable transformation.

ACTION

In line with what I am preaching, here is something for you to do, but only if you are serious about taking ACTION.

Design a survey, best in the form of a ballot paper, to ask all your people what they think about the ACTION you are taking in safety.

It is most important that you ask those people who ‘push the buttons and use the tools’, as they see the ACTION taken where it counts, namely where the rubber hits the road. Ask them to be brutally honest with you. Keep it simple and only identify whether the feedback is from a ‘player’ or a ‘coach’ and from which area or function.

When you are done, follow the 3 F approach – Feedback, Fast, and Fair. Tell your people what the results of the ballot are and, most importantly, what you are going to do about it = ACTION you are going to take!

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D1STEM Safety Violations Charity Drive

♦ SERIES ♦ DO ONE SAFETY THING EACH MONTH ♦ SERIES ♦
If you do just one thing a month to change the safety mind-set, in one year you will have done 12 things to raise safety awareness. Every month you will receive one such SAFETY TIP.

THIS MONTH:    SAFETY VIOLATIONS CHARITY DRIVE

Get a copy of a parking ticket from your traffic department and modify it to carry your company’s name and details. Duplicate and bind into books, one for each safety manager and safety rep. Agree on a rate for your ‘traffic fines’ to be paid into your chosen charity fund.

Do a ‘Blitz’ where all your safety people, including your managers, go out and issue traffic fines for anyone seen violating your safety rules – ignoring safety signs, not using PPE correctly, storage outside or over yellow lines, poor housekeeping, poor storage and stacking, etc.

Jurgen Tietz - safety traffic fines

You can also do this as part of your next audit. Make sure the element of FUN remains and this does not become a blaming exercise. Get the balance right by issuing some ‘traffic fines’ for the offices of the senior managers, the line managers or the responsible coaches.

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About

Jürgen “YEBO BABA” Tietz

 

Professional Speaker

Engineer

Coach

Jurgen Tietz: The "Yebo Baba" Effect

Thought Leader

Survivor

Author

Authority on communication and people behaviour, especially across cultures.

Fluent in isiZulu, English, German, Afrikaans.

37 years’ experience in SAFETY, mass production, manufacturing,
mining and productivity improvement.

Creative, innovative, and unconventional PARADIGM SHIFTER.

Able to engage those people who make it all happen
–  the ones who ‘push the buttons and use the tools’  –
and leave a lasting impression with SAFETY messages that ‘stick’.

Developer of the MIRROR TECHNIQUE and a SAFETY range of COOL TOOL™.

Delivers customised presentations and workshops that are dynamic, interactive and fun.

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VUKA! VUSA! Wake Up! Rise up! Boot Camp by eKhuluma and impleX

The SHE Rep plays a pivotal role in any OHS Management System:

  • On the one hand, the SHE Rep represents the employee – for the employees, by the employees.
  • On the other hand, the SHE Rep is a member of the committee tasked with making representations to the Employer on OHS issues.
Approach, Objectives and Outcomes

By involving the SHE Reps in the management of incidents (prevention, preparation, response and recovery), the employer will reap double the benefits. Not only will the SHE Reps be familiar with and understand the preventative measures relating to hazards and risks in the workplace (incidentally a legal requirement), but they will also be able to understand corrective action measures, and thus be able to explain these to the employees.

By equipping SHE Reps with the knowledge and understanding of the legislative requirements for reporting of incidents, accidents and other health threatening occurrences and near misses, you can ensure compliance with the legislative requirements, which is in the best interest of employees, whilst ensuring a workplace that is safe and without risk to health.

Course Outline

To ensure that we capture the SHE Rep audience and hold their attention, this unique BOOT CAMP comprises of

  • 1-2 hours discussion on the legislative requirements, in easy and understandable terms, using information provided by a legal expert from impleX.
  • Each delegate then receives a COOL TOOL™ pack.
  • 2-3 hours of application of the legislative measures to everyday objects through fun activities and association.

The double impact will ensure that the SHE Reps leave the boot camp understanding and, more importantly, remembering the requirements. They will be eager to relate this knowledge, on a sustainable basis, to their areas of responsibility.

PART 1: DISCUSSION – LEGISLATIVE REQUIREMENTS

  • An introduction to the applicable Health and Safety legislation
  • How to interpret the law – for non-lawyers
  • Duties of the employer
  • Duties of the employee
  • Duties of the Health and Safety representative – in terms of the law
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment – Assessing and responding to risk
  • Training, Information, Instruction and Supervision
  • Investigation and reporting of accidents, incidents and diseases
  • Your company-specific procedure for incident management
  • The cost of non-compliance – liability, penalties and action by the inspectorate

PART 2: APPLICATION ACTIVITIES – LEGISLATIVE MEASURES

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The novel, unique and flexible COOL TOOL™ TOOLBOX items are specifically aimed at raising the awareness and need for action in OHS related matters. Using a hands-on approach gets the people at the rock face / shop floor to “eKhuluma” (talk) about and take action on safety related matters.

This approach makes the OHS messages ‘stick’. The power of the COOL TOOL™ items lies in their simplicity and in associating everyday items with OHS. With minimal guidance and training, your H&S Reps will be able to engage people across cultures and levels to “walk their talk”.

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Number of Attendees & Sessions

Minimum 30 attendees per session, but up to 60 can be accommodated.

Duration & Timing

Up to 5 hours training, excluding lunch and tea breaks.

The quote is based on training sessions done Monday to Friday, during day-shift hours.

If training sessions are required over the weekend or after hours, a 50% surcharge per delegate will be imposed.

Venue & Preparation

The Client is responsible for arranging a suitable venue that meets our requirements for workshop facilitation and interaction with the delegates.

The Client will deal with the logistics and provision of refreshments.

The contact details of the delegates need to be provided by the Client before each session, so that we can send the delegates the pre-work required in preparation for the workshop, as well as invite them to share with us any questions and/or issues they may have.

Equipment / Presentation Aids Requirements

Please confirm that you have a screen projector and flip chart / white board available in the training facility.

Certificates & Feedback

An Attendance Certificate will be given to each workshop attendee and a summary of the feedback and evaluation comments will be given to the client.

Customization for In-House Boot Camps: MIRROR TECHNIQUE

This critical technique involves taking photos of your specific site and giving feedback to the audience about the GOOD, the bad and the ugly. I focus on personal workspaces, where you sit, eat, work and keep your tools, as I believe that safety starts ‘at home’. In the feedback I use the Safety Game analogy, with the ‘players’ and ‘coach’, as well as the “ISIBOPHO” whistle and red / green card. The delegates have to ‘look to see’ and accept responsibility for the need to change. This technique involves photos of your operation, which the delegates can recognize and identify with. Below are a few examples of photos which I share with the people ‘who push the buttons and use the tools’.

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The customisation is included in the Boot Camp fee. We estimate that it will take half a day to walk about, take suitable photographs and prepare the mirror sessions for the delegates. The client has to provide a safety person to act as a guide for these walkabouts.

A brochure containing this information can be downloaded here.

SCnSP – Discipline

♦♦  CULTURE   &   SAFETY PERFORMANCE  ♦♦
Oct 2012

In this series, I share with you my thoughts on Why Safety Is An Issue For Most Companies.
One of the Things We Must Address If We Want To Improve Our Safety Performance is DISCIPLINE.
A safe operation requires employees who are SELF-disciplined. What drives it? How can you get it?

     

Discipline and Passion

key ingredients in the foundation mix of safety

Picture: collage depicting that passion in anything leads to self-discipline

     

DISCIPLINE is a key ingredient in the foundation mix of safety. NO discipline means NO sustainable safety.

The crown of discipline is SELF-DISCIPLINE – everybody taking safety seriously, all the time, without policing, at work and at home . . . . the habit of doing the safe thing and working to a code of conduct.

A close cousin to self-discipline is PASSION. Commitment – Dedication – Focus – Consistent – Concentration – Perseverance. These all are features of passion.

The best way to explain the strong link between passion and self-discipline is the sports analogy. World class sportsmen and women have an immense passion for their sport. As a result of passion, they develop the self-discipline to get up at the crack of dawn and into the water or onto the track to practice, practice, and practice, every day to improve their skill and performance. They play to the rules of the game and are fanatical about reaching their goals to become (world) champions in their field. These champs have bridged the gap between reason and desire.

The Road to Safety Discipline is a tough one, spanning a four-pillared bridge of self-discipline – cleanliness, orderliness, punctuality and compliance.

What is called for are independent safety thinkers and consequently active safety employees. We have to grow Safety BEE’s – Behaviour (safety) Empowered Employees. We have to get people beyond understanding and even accepting the reason for safety to having a deep felt desire to practice safety.

How to grow employees to be passionate about safety and thus safety self-discipline?

This is the most demanding challenge you will face in terms of behavioural safety. I use the player / coach analogy. The player has to show up and practice, which includes doing things that are not fun like fitness training, or in a safety sense, good housekeeping. The coach must be, consistently, a safety VIP – Visible, Involved, Pro-active. This LEADERSHIP ROLE is critical.

The full article on this subject, “The Power of Discipline”, is available as a download.

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