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SCnSP: The Hidden Power of Good Housekeeping

♦♦  CULTURE   &   SAFETY PERFORMANCE  ♦♦
Sep 2012

In this series, I share with you my thoughts on Why Safety is an Issue for Most Companies, or, putting it differently, Things we Must Address if we Want to Improve our Safety Performance. Read on to discover the hidden benefits of good housekeeping.

     

The Hidden Power of Good Housekeeping

Picture: Neat and clean personal workspace

     

Housekeeping is a dirty word for many due to a fundamental attitude issue.

Many employees see it as something over and above their job functions, whereas they really should adopt it as an integral function of their job. The result is that bad habits develop – employees do their work, clean up a little at the end of the shift and then … L … spring clean – just in time for the upcoming audit.

Some employers consider it to be not only something which does not make money, but also as a waste of money – something they have to do for cosmetic reasons or merely to please inspectors. Some even go as far as doing the bare minimum only – a good slap of paint to cover up the real problems. LL

We need to make everybody realise that poor housekeeping is a sign of a lack of order and structure, discipline and compliance. It has a direct impact on quality, productivity and safety (S.H.E.). There are few who are able to function in a mess. It is the old story of ‘a dirty place leads to a dirty mind’, i.e. muddled up thinking and confusion. People get hurt – slip, trip and fall (4 letter words) – when there is poor storage and if things are not kept neat, clean, secure and labelled. The 5S system, developed by Toyota originally, talks about Sort, Shine, Set in order, Simplify and Sustain. In S.H.E., these things do help to prevent injury and loss.

Good housekeeping has 3 hidden benefits:

  1. It makes safety highly visible and therefore problem areas surface quickly.
  2. It has a carryover in attitude towards safety rules, procedures, standards, systems and equipment.
  3. It’s a player issue. We all know what to do and don’t need a coach to hold our hand. Nothing is stopping us from working neatly, cleanly, securely and with everything labelled. It also doesn’t cost much money to have a place for everything and to put everything in its place.

Good housekeeping starts in personal work spaces – your desk, office, workbench, car, cabinet, drawer, store, toolbox, etc. It starts at home. I have looked at hundreds of personal workspaces and I can see the difference in safety attitude with ‘one eye closed’.

Do not underestimate the power of the above-mentioned three benefits of good housekeeping. If you can get good housekeeping into people’s hearts as a value, the rest of safety is much more straightforward. Make it a habit, as the leader, to become a true safety VIP for good housekeeping. Be Visible, Involved and Pro-active.

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SCnSP – Are you a safety professional?

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Jan 2017
     

Are you a Safety Professional?

Your bookshelf reveals all

Picture: The Safety Rep's Bookshelf

     

As a student, I was in residence with the De Vynck family. To this day, I still remember Dr. de Vynck’s study vividly. Two of the walls were covered with bookshelves from floor to ceiling and the shelves were filled with books. The study smelt like a library – it had the smell of knowledge and wisdom. But this was not just a pretty display of books. Dr. de Vynck had read them all. He could pull a book off the shelf, open it and quote a relevant section on the topic under discussion. He was a true professional.

What does your bookshelf look like?

Maybe I should first have asked if you have a bookshelf and, if yes, what does it say about you? Have you read the books, or are you merely practising ‘shelf-development’? When I meet people for the first time, I prefer to do it at their offices so that I can look at what is on the walls and what is on the bookshelves – to see who they are. This picture, to me, speaks volumes! By the way, I always start my inspections with the safety manager’s office!

What have you written?

I’m not talking about rules and procedures, standards and instructions, or emails. What I mean is: What insights and observations, in safety, have you made and shared with other people, on a regular basis? There is nothing that deepens your understanding of something more than when you share it in writing!

My third question

How would you feel if your doctor, lawyer, engineer or any other professional who provides you with a personal service, didn’t stay up to date with the latest developments in his field of expertise by, amongst other things, reading books (by ‘books’ I also mean articles, magazines and the like)?

If your answers are negative, then you need to ask yourself if you are truly a Safety Professional, especially if you work in a consultative role. Now I know we all have valid reasons as to why we can’t read or write ‘books’. Time is always at the top of the excuse list even though we always manage to make time for what is important to us. If self-development is important to you, you will make time to read and write.

On bookshelves

Instead of the traditional bookshelf, you could go for a digital bookshelf, i.e. have articles of interest, videos and images, especially photos, stored on your computer. These should be filed in such a way that any one of them can be easily found when you want to refer back to it. This is what I call good digital housekeeping, with ‘a place for everything and everything in its place’. I have over 14,000 photos, 42,000 files, all named and catalogued in some 2200 folders. I can find information at the click of a button, when using my search function. It goes without saying that, in order to build up an online library, you have to read and write online. There are many platforms to do this effectively and LinkedIn, Facebook and Google Alerts are just a few.

By the way … I practise what I preach. This article was inspired by one of Seth Godin’s posts [1].

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  • Take a look around your office now and make a call about your ‘bookshelf’.
  • Look at your online library. Is it a bin or is it a labelled filing cabinet?
  • Write or share something now, preferably adding your own, fresh insights. Make it a habit, not a flash in the pan.

[1]   Seth Godin, “Fully Baked”. 2016.

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SCnSP – Do Not Disturb the Crime (Accident) Scene

♦♦♦     SAFETY CULTURE   &   SAFETY PERFORMANCE     ♦♦♦

In this series, I share with you my thoughts on Why Safety Is An Issue For Most Companies i.e. Things We Must Address If We Want To Improve Our Safety Performance.

  Do Not Disturb the Crime (Accident) Scene  

Listening to some of the earlier testimony of the Oscar Pistorius trial, I couldn’t but notice that the defence attorney made a meal of “disturbing the crime scene”, because it cast doubt on what actually happened.

Ladies and gentlemen,
“I put it to you” that
not “disturbing the crime scene”
must apply to accident scenes too.

After something has gone wrong and people are injured or some serious damage has been done, the first action that needs to be taken is to immediately shut down the process, stop the operation and isolate the energy. Then the injured should be attended to and the area made safe.

The next step is to cordon off the accident scene and prevent people from walking about.  Why limit access to the area?  The most compelling reason is so as to not disturb the accident scene until investigators have had a chance to understand what really happened.

There is a temptation by all who have a badge, or who have a vehicle with a “blue / red light”, siren and emergency radio, to rush into the accident zone. This can be catastrophic, like what happened recently at the N1 incident near Polokwane, where 4 police officers were killed.

picture of emergency barricade at SASOL Polymers - Sasolburg

I have seen the same thing happen in a number of industrial accidents. During the time that I worked in an explosives factory, 14 people were killed – an entire management team wiped out – while they were investigating an explosion which had happened the previous day.

When you are dealing with chemicals, gasses, combustible materials and even on construction sites, restrict the number of investigators to the absolute minimum, until you are sure you have an understanding of what happened and that it is safe for emergency people to enter the scene.

Passers-by who want to “look and see” what happened should be kept well away from an accident scene. This is not a spectator sport – unfortunately we see this too often at road accidents – everyone slowing down and gawking to try and see some blood and guts. This often creates an even bigger hazard and can lead to secondary accidents.

ACTION

Review your emergency procedures and make sure you have the sequence correct:

SHUT DOWN – ISOLATE – REMOVE INJURED – MAKE SAFE – CORDON OFF

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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.

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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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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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Show me the good stuff

I use my mirror technique to customise my presentations for each client.
For this technique to work, I need photos of the GOOD, bad and ugly stuff.

Hunt down the GOOD stuff and find the safety champion and give him/her the recognition.

This enables me to ask the audience:

“What do YOU see?
What is wrong?
What is GOOD?
Who is responsible?
Is it the player or is it the coach?”

This is a most powerful technique to engage the audience and to get them to take ownership for what they see. Play the video on my S.H.E. ATM screen to see what I mean.

Sometimes, however, for security reasons, clients do not allow me to use my own camera. In these cases they offer to let me have their photos. I invariably find that all they can give me is photos of the bad and ugly things. Photos of poor housekeeping and maintenance, waste and spillage are typical examples, because those are the obvious ones. Also, the photos are normally taken of the plant, equipment, stores, workshops and similar areas. It is seldom that I am given photos of personal work spaces like office desks, cupboards, toolboxes, rest areas, chairs, etc. We somehow focus on the negative, on the breaking of the rules and poor behaviour. People find it tough to share with me photos of GOOD areas which are clean, neat and tidy and where the rules are being followed.

I also do not get photos of improvements, where a safety problem has been fixed. Taking before and after photos is something safety professionals do not do.

When I take my own photos, I hunt down the GOOD stuff and find the safety champion so I can include him / her in my photo. Recognising people in this way is a most powerful tool for motivation.

 Be safe – the SIMPLY SMART way,
Jürgen

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SCnSP So Many Meetings, So Little Time

♦♦  CULTURE   &   SAFETY PERFORMANCE  ♦♦
Aug 2012

In this series, I share with you my thoughts on Why Safety is an Issue for Most Companies, or, putting it differently, Things we Must Address if we Want to Improve our Safety Performance. Under the microscope today is our effective (or not!) use of time, in particular when it comes to meetings.

     

So Many Meetings, So Little Time

Picture: Panel of experts in a meeting

     

All of us have to deal with meetings in one form or another and, to a larger or lesser extent, for all of our lives. Especially in safety, meetings seem to be a primary mode of operation for many companies. If they have a safety issue / problem / incident, they organise a meeting.

Meetings can be a blessing or a curse. A blessing, if they are well run, productive and achieve the results we are looking for and cannot otherwise achieve. A curse if they are not necessary, turn out to be a waste of time, involve mostly hot air (talking), create confusion and do not lead to people taking responsibility, especially for ACTION.

Most people suffer from the meeting paradox: “We don’t have time to prepare for effective meetings, because we spend too much time in ineffective meetings.”

Time is the most precious resource we have and, the more senior your position, the more precious it becomes. We all have this finite resource of 24 hours, relentlessly ticking by. That is why it is such a tragedy that people waste it in unproductive meetings. If you do not believe me, have a look at this short video for some horrifying facts and figures around meetings.

I believe that every company would greatly benefit from employing a

meeting “PIMP” = “Performance Improvement and Measuring Professional”.

In terms of the law (OHAS ACT 85 OF 1993 S17 – S19 and MHAS ACT 29 OF 1996 S25 and S35) we have no option. We MUST have safety committees and therefore meet. However, how we do this and how well we use this time is up to us.

The biggest problem is that we do not prepare for these meetings and that the members of the safety committees (this applies equally well to other committees and meetings) do not play their proper role in these meetings.
As a general rule, 50% of the time should be spent preparing for the meeting (including thinking time), 20% attending and partaking in the meeting and the remaining 30% to take action and follow up on and close out agreed actions.
Furthermore, we do not make it crystal clear who owns the action, what the result should look like and by when the action should be completed. Often, it is not even clear who owns each item on the agenda.

ACTION

Resolve TODAY to take the necessary action to transform your meetings from a curse to a blessing.

My guidelines for effective meetings will assist you with this.

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The Leader Sets The Tone – The Gyproc Lesson

Having talked at GYPROC for the third time, and taken photos in their plant, I can see the impact which a leader has on safety. 

Greg White is serious about safety!

He leads by example: 

His personal work space (office) is spotless, and this carries over into the plant.

 

The storage and stacking, good housekeeping, and cleanliness are World Class.

Everything is in its place, with a place for everything. 

He is committed to safety, and he drives safety.  

There are numerous and excellent safety systems and features throughout the plant. 

 

Safety is truly number one, and you can see that these are not merely empty words … which makes my task of holding up the mirror to the “bad” and “ugly” things so much tougher! 

Jürgen

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SAFETY CULTURE & SAFETY PERFORMANCE Series

Re: Do Not Disturb the Crime (Accident) Scene

… It is always a pleasure to hear from you. It is amazing how you link everyday issues with safety, simply perfect. I am learning so much from you.

Kekeletso Selepe

Re: Your Safety Dream

What I was reading … is simple, interesting and implementable.

Tiyani Hlabangwane, Exec Manager: Safety

Re: The Rot Starts at the Top

Baie insigewend. Ek stuur dit met plesier aan … BRING IT ON!

Attie Pieterse

This is wow information regarding safety at work … Continue to preach it my friend.

Patrick Bhiya, “Zero Harm” Ambassador

I forwarded your latest newsletter to my Director, appointed MR for Health & Safety, Mr. Clive Reucassel, and he has printed some of the info on your download and is extremely impressed.

Theo Fourie, SHEQ Manager

Re: Discipline and Passion in Safety

I just wish to extend my utmost appreciation for all of the information that you are sharing with me. Your recent article on discipline is very much an issue that I face here with regards to safety compliance. We have a major problem with self-discipline, and discipline in general. … Keep sending them, and I will keep sharing the message.

Darryl Baillie, SHE Facilitator

I found your approach quite interesting and believe this is the approach of the future.

Kreason Naicker

Re: The Hidden Power of Good Housekeeping

Keep up your safety tips and hints. I enjoy acting on them and have previous ones on file.

Gertie de Meyer

Re: 10 Myths About Safety

… It is great to receive diverse approaches especially from experienced and knowledgeable professionals …

Kreason Naicker

Your thoughts and views about safety are so encouraging and will surely improve the safety performance of my people that I’m working with.

Addy Simelane

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DO ONE (SAFETY) THING EACH MONTH Series

Re: Is This A Circus?

… useful tips … indeed appreciated.

Letlatsa Tseka, Snr Safety Advisor

Re: Going to Waste

You keep on surprising me with your amazing selection and broad spectrum of topics & safety subjects …

Hans T, “passionate about nature”

Re: Safety Calendar

Keep up the excellent work you are doing.

Theo C Haupt, Director: Building Construction Science

Thank you for the excellent monthly newsletter. For starters I used the Safety number. It really worked for me. Thank you, thank you, thank you and looking forward to more good safety newsletters in 2012.

Tia Mbazima, Integrated Risk

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SAFETY ON A SHOESTRING BUDGET Series

Re: Progress

Amen to this tip.

The story [Change Just in Time] is very good … Info is very relevant to what we are experiencing at the moment. Some of the suggestions you make I have introduced or reinstated again.

Dalene Smith, TSHE Manager

Re: Problems

You have inspired me. You gave me a new dimension to Health & Safety.

Cecil Cordiglia, Safety Officer

“Our Breadwinners arrive at work with all their limbs.
My aim is to ensure they go home with all their limbs, every day.”

Re: Preparation

Thank you for the valuable tip.

Being proactive and implementing the tips you have provided, I have been able to conduct Health & Safety on the current site without as much as a first aid case being recorded.

The main principle I have adopted from one of your meetings was: Health & Safety must come from the heart to the head. This is the principle that can never fail.

Your information if applied, can prevent incidents as your topics place you one step ahead in the proactive approach being adopted.

Cecil Cordiglia, Safety Officer

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Re: Pay Back the Money

As always I admire your out of the box thinking and inspiring safety articles. These keep one thinking and put things into perspective.

Xolile Myoyo, SHE Manager

Re: SAFETY FEVER! – Let Nature Guide You

You could not have said it better. I really enjoy your editions and it is value added to our projects.

Frans Durand, Safety Manager

… very true message.

Pieter Ferreira, BU SHE Manager Operations

… always good to read your articles!

Boyan Tomic, Divisional Manager

I have been receiving your newletter now for a few years and have never responded. This does not man that I do not appreciate your thoughts and communications. Your Spring Fever triggered me into wanting to say ‘Keep up the good work’

Delene Sheasby, OHS Practitioner, Assessor and Facilitator

Re: GUPTA

Very inspiring.

Happy Nkgadima

Brilliant!

Silondiwe Nene

Excellent observation and reaction.

Alain d Woolf

I like your tips and approach to safety.

Bruce Moyo

I wish to thank … you for including my name in your distribution list.

It is indeed hugely appreciated. It boggles my mind of how quick you managed to adapt the recent GUPTA roadshow to leadership? I am in no doubt (having attended your speeches in the past) that you are a genius when it comes to motivating people. Keep up the good work and keep them coming.

Letlatsa Tseka

Re: Safety Message

It is always a pleasure to receive inspiring messages from you and as the best safety GURU. I take so much from you and relay the messages to my team and it helps. Looking forward to the next safety tip from you.

Kekeletso Selepe

Re: Under The Knife

Thank you for the inspiring messages. Very motivating indeed and with a practical example.

Makwena Mashaba

Re: World Safety Day 2012 Reminder

I really find your safety tips very helpful in the working environment where we need to constantly focus on safety in the workplace.

Anlie Smith

Re: It’s My Mistake

This is invaluable!

Theo C Haupt, Director: Building Construction Science

[This] actually means a lot to me as I’m thinking of buying myself a Motorbike to go to work with. Safety is definitely something I will have to think a lot about, and getting the correct PPE!

Cameron Gray, Assistant Engineer

… Fascinated by your article and circulated to all my line Management.

Gertie de Meyer

We all tend to look for someone to blame when things go wrong. This is human nature – it is in our genes. When Adam was confronted by God he blamed Eve and Eve blamed the snake – so blame fixing is as old as mankind. The hardest thing is to look at the three fingers pointing bank to you when you point one towards someone else.

Thanks once again for your very encouraging newsletters.

Theo Fourie, SHEQ Manager

Re: How To Eat An Elephant

I wish I had this approach when I started to implement systems (14001, 18001). Because of over optimistic deadlines and pressure from management, the short cuts taken to achieve the deadlines are still biting us!

Juno, D & R Manager

Re: What Is On Your Calendar?

I always link you to Safety.

Ricky du Preez

Having seen your work at Coalsafe and having interacted with you when I hosted the Tweefontein Roadshow, I feel privileged to be included on your mailing list.

Pravin Chetty, General Manager

Thanks for taking care of us.

Thomson Cupertea

Thank you for your regular safety topics and information.

Rudy Raath, Mine Manager

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Thanks a lot for such an enriching and engaging intervention in our Imbizo. The creativity of your performance was fantastic and I can tell you it really helped us land the messages very well. The audience was energized and extremely participative, showing high levels of attention and interest during the while session. Ultimately, I can tell you each and every one of the members of the audience got a lot of learnings and reflexions. Thanks again and great working with you.

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It was a great pleasure to have met you … I do believe you can incite management and whole workforce to create a proactive safety culture characterized by a zero harm mentality.

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ESKOM Kriel Power Station:
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SASOL Polymers:
Safety Interventions

Francois du Toit, Vice President: Polymers & Nitro

… The unique style you use once again impressed.  I am sure that your talk will give a lot of momentum to our safety effort.

Sieb Sieberhagen, Senior VP: Secunda Chemicals

Trevor Naicker, SHE Manager: Polymers

Gilbert Nedzamba, Safety Manager

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ENGEN Retail:
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I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation, it was delivered in a funny, authoritative impactful way by an Industry Professional.
I only have one negative, you were so good I have nothing to offer for improvement!
Yes, the Old bar and the New bar are alive and well.

Max Kaan, Hypnotist

 

Rheinmetall Denel Munition:
Safety Awareness Days
The Power of a Safety Dream

It was an incredible Safety experience for Boskop and a privilege for the team to host you in the Paint shop.

Jan de Waal, GM: Operations

 

PetroSA Refinery, Mossel Bay:
Pre-Shutdown Safety Day

Eileen Douse, Safety Manager

Carl Steyn, Operations Manager

 

Assmang Chrome Machadodorp Works:
Safety Campaign 2013

Thanks for your input and energy. Your presentation helped us refresh our commitment to Safety.

Ashley McLeod, GM

The previous campaign you did for us during 2011 really helped us to achieve a zero Lost time Injury achievement … and this is an achievement we need to celebrate but at the same time we need the work force to focus and move from where we are now to an independent stage or interdependent … This is where you have to come in, assisting as to move from where we are now to a new culture in terms of Safety.

Tswelopele Pida, Acting SHEQ Manager

 

Glencore Tweefontein Mine:
Housekeeping Campaign

Recommending you [for your involvement in launching our housekeeping campaign] was an easy task. Your reputation stands you in good stead.

Ronaldt Mafoko, GM

 

AfriSam:
Safety BootCamp

Safety is not always made practical and many courses Afrisam has attended focused on the theory part of SHE. The courses are normally technical and high level with complicated organograms etc. But Jurgens brought it simply through pictures and leadership skills that we so often neglect. The main learning for us is that without the people you have lost the SHE battle. Behaviour Based Safety is not 100% initiatives but one global focus on the people.

Creative, simple, but yet effective from lower levels to CEO level.

Looking forward to our next interaction.

Letisha van den Berg, SHE Manager

 

Aveng Trident Steel:
Safety Day

Moniwa Mahlangu, GM, SHE

 

SAPPI Forestry and Paper & Packaging:
ManCo’s & GSAD

Bertus van der Merwe, Technical Director

Thank you for the quick Head Office Vuka Vusa GSAD presentation. I found it both entertaining and informative, and you bring the desired message across very clearly! Well Done.

Ockie Strumpher, GM, Cape Kraft Mill

 

NORTHAM PLATINUM, Zondereinde Division

It has been a time since we met, but I can tell you that the safety intervention we had with you was an unforgettable experience of our lifetime in Northam. We have been doing so well that NORTHAM has made it to the 2 MILLION FATAL FREE SHIFTS on the 22/04/2013. Through your motivational techniques we were inspired in such a way that a choir in NORTHAM was organised focusing mainly in singing MOTIVATIONAL safety songs.

With the request I received from my team members to have the choirs message to be recorded then I thought you Mr Jürgen Tietz can be of a great help to [this] choir, with the intentions of playing [this] song each time we have our own safety interventions. WE ARE INSPIRED …

Kenny Rapoo, SHE Rep

 

SAINT-GOBAIN Gyproc:
Safety Day

Greg White, Plant Manager

 

SENMIN:
Vendor Safety/Wellness Day Presentation with Mirror Technique
Delegate Feedback

“Exceeded my expectations. The mind is being set to ‘zero repeats’.”

“One of the best safety talks I’ve been on. Best part: interactive. Best Lesson: ‘Look to see’ and ‘Work safe’.”

“Yebo Baba! Best part: Red & Green Card which I will use on my sites.”

“Best part: Very practical.”

“Learnt a lot about our mindset towards safety, VIP and TEAM and motivating operators.”

“Informative and full of humour.”

 

Process Safety Management Course:
(Guest Speaker)

Your approach to enhancing and maintaining a safety culture was captivating. We believe that there is much value in your insights and wisdom …

Kreason Naicker

 

Transnet Freight Rail:
Safety Road Show

Vernon Samuels, MC

 

SAPPI Chemical & Cellulose Plant:
Global Safety Awareness Day Events

Vuyo Bahlekazi, HR Manager

We organised Jurgen (a safety expert and motivational speaker) to address our work force as part our Global Safety Awareness day initiatives. This was extremely well received by our work force as Jurgen presented in English, Zulu and Afrikaans. And of course the fact that the message was also very important helped. We found it very worthwhile.

Craig Daniel, SHEQ Manager

Absolutely – a great impact which we must keep in focus with Yoga , VIP and spade work !

Gary Bowles, MD

Your presentations were very well accepted and I am sure we will reap the Safety benefits from the awareness you created.

Clive Oxley, GM

YEBO BABA!

The concept was awesome and at yesterday’s workshop meeting the vibe from my people was extremely positive!

Ken Toward, Assistant Engineering Manager

Absolutely brilliant! … Had everyone’s attention (humorous vibe) but yet very basic and clear MESSAGES for all to comprehend what they should be doing with regards to safety!

Loved it.

Jenny Shepherd

A pleasure meeting you. Always great when you meet one of the best in the Safety industry! You certainly have a wealth of ideas and are obviously doing it the right way (seeing your successes) … You really have a way of getting into the mind and hearts of the people on the floor.

Bradley Hlubi, Emergency Response Manager, SAPREF

 

ESKOM Matimba Power Station:
Safety Day & SHE Rep Day (in collaboration with NOSA)

This was excellent. We all enjoyed the program very much and we will pay your invoice with a smile.

Fulufhelo Tshikhudo, Power Station Risk Manager

A very motivational speech and presentation. All those at the SHE REP DAY loved him and were very interested in what he had to say. Especially when he spoke in the African language to the African people that immediately caught their attention and they were really impressed. Overall very well presented and handled.

Shereece Venter, Beatrix Events

 

TRANSNET National Ports Authority, Durban:
Safety Day

Amazing. Our Safety Day function was a success thanks to you.

Nonhlanhla Dimba, Risk Specialist: Legal & Compliance

 

ESKOM GENERATION SAFETY MANAGERS, Megawatt Park:
Safety Showcase

 

ASSMANG CHROME, Machadodorp:
Safety Sessions

Listen to Aldo Colangelo’s feedback

Listen to Pieter Botha’s feedback

 

SASOL OIL, Randburg:
Let’s Talk MD Session

… It was the best safety talk I’ve ever heard! … Awesome session – everyone had a fantastic time.

Natasha Groenewald

 

NORTHAM PLATINUM, Zondereinde Division:
Safety Sessions

Yebo Baba !!!

On behalf of Redpath Mining Team … thank you for the insight you gave us yesterday. It was an eye opener for us Coaches to “GOYA” and get SAFETY priority as PRIORITY …

There was a slide with ACTION that I thought was very informative and also the tag on the shovel handle.

Lazarus Motshwaiwa, Site Manager

 

OMNIA Fertilizer:
Safety Presentation

… Guest speaker was excellent. He got the attention of all the delegates, and by using a “comic” factor as well as facts, I believe that the progress in behavioural safety and reoccurrence of incidents will definitely be reduced.

Riki Branford, Sasolburg

Incredible presentation. We have had rave reviews and the positive feedback has been overwhelming.

Louise Rademan, SHE Supervisor

 

ESKOM Lethabo Power Station:
SHE Day Awareness Campaign

… An excellent approach [getting] the employees to participate in the presentation.

… Your technique to use pictures that have been taken from the work environment of the employees makes them aware of what they are doing right or wrong. You have also taught us that we must show the good things that people do, and not only the bad things.

SS Prince, Power Station Manager

 

ESKOM Duvha Power Station:
SHE Day Presentation

Yebo Baba!

… The presentation was lively, real and to the point. The method used to reach all the employees was really impressive … Thank you for sharing the perspective with us that we need to be safety conscious and not to put it at the back of our minds and make it a responsibility of the safety department.

People, especially [those] with long service, remarked that within a short period of time [you] managed to turn around their safety perception … felt the responsibility you were referring to with such passion! They were all inspired to take safety seriously for their sakes, their families and their colleagues.

MS Jappie, Power Station Manager

 

Rheinmetall Denel Munition:
SHE Awareness Workshops

Yebo Baba!

… Well prepared, well presented and well thought through ideas … You really knocked their [employees] socks off.

As for the subject matter, Safety experts are getting fewer and fewer, let alone those who are well versed in the explosives industry. Your knowledge and experience made it real for our employees as they could associate with your examples and pictures of good / bad safety and explosive practices, especially using your mirror technique.

… Even more stunning was how you drove main points and the core message on Safety … The way you kept the audience alive with humour, without losing them – while the message was going home, straight into the hearts and minds. We are very pleased that the awareness was raised but what is more important is the lasting thought left behind, long after presentations are over.

Joe Tau, GM, Operations

 

Jürgen in Action

… I loved your video for several reasons: Your regional knowledge and understanding of your audience is simply fantastic. You have really “Studied Your Prey” and address your audience’s need NOT yours, which so many speakers insist on doing. You also have a great sense of humor which you use as a vocal signature and which becomes a distinct aspect of your keynote. You really understand your subject matter and you speak from a space of having “been there and done that” but most of all your audience knows that and appreciates it.

I look forward to future contact and it has been a true pleasure to meet you and learn of your excellent work.

Kivi Bernhard, “Leopardology”

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VUKA! VUSA! Bootcamps Feedback

 

 

UNILEVER Head Office
SHE Rep Day

Nono Zulu, National SHE & S Manager  and   Devasha Reddy, SHE Coordinator – HO

… thank you once again for your awesome presentation. It was well spoken about and I loved it.

Roberta Prophet, Africa Cluster Safety Coordinator Coordinator

Shiksha Ramdass, Corp SHE Coordinator

 

UNILEVER Boksburg:
SHE Rep Bootcamp

Catherine Maloa, Site SHE & Security Manager

 

LONMIN SMELTER:
VUKA! VUSA!™ Sessions

Listen to Apie Tinderholm’s feedback

 

VUKA! VUSA!™ Workshops at GOLDFIELDS

Edwin Matlapeng, Mine Safety Manager

 

VUKA! VUSA!™ Workshops at SA Mint

I would like to single out the impact you made on our Safety Representatives through the Vuka! Vusa! workshop. I think that the secret of this program is that it is pitched skillfully to empower the Safety Representatives to take action. This has enabled the company to tap effectively into this valuable resource to drive the safety vision.

Tumi Tsehlo, GM

… The ideal tool to help recharge our large compliment of safety reps … Those new to the game got some insight into their responsibilities and came back to work ready to tackle anything. The veteran safety reps felt the course was well structured and enjoyed the wit and humour of the facilitators. Not like the normal ‘boring’ theory safety course they are required to attend.

… For team building and informative and interactive safety coaching, I give this workshop a thumbs up!

Ronele Isaacs, SHE Manager

 

VUKA! VUSA!™ Bootcamp at Omnia Sasolburg

… The best and most enjoyable training I have ever been on … I’m sure that with what you gave me and the toolbox, I’ll reach the “ZERO target” for the year.

Fred Behr, Hi Quality Electrical

Great course. Very informative, creative and motivational. I plan to use the term Vuka! Vusa!™ on a day to day basis. Not only at work but in my personal life as well.

I showed my wife the Toolbox and it has motivated her to be more safety conscious for herself and our little daughter. The Toolbox has already been of assistance with my safety talk on Friday.

… I will use what I’ve learned and motivate others to “GOYA” and make a difference in safety by “saving” their lives and preventing them from destroying others’ lives.

Dirk Visser

 

VUKA! VUSA!™ SHE Reps Workshop at ASSMANG Cato Ridge

… Probably the best attendance of our SHE representatives at any meeting. Your reputation precedes you. And they
together with the rest of the SHEQ Department officials were impressed.

The message was simple, practical and well received. We definitely need to do a follow-up session and perhaps direct the safety message to the foremen and supervisors. Well done and thank you for an effective message.

Siyabonga Makhaye, SHEQ HOD

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Peopology, Leadership, Life Skills, Retrenchment, the “Speaking” Business

 

 

JOHANNESBURG CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY,
Sandton & Midrand Regions
:
Keynote on People

Andrew Horton, MC

A very unique and thought provoking presentation … Definitely made me think about my colleagues! I made a point of thanking my colleague for coming into work this morning.

Nadia Oberholzer

 

PROFESSIONAL SPEAKERS ASSOCIATION SA, Pretoria Chapter:
Safety Business Presentation

Bertie du Plessis, Professional Speaker & Leadership Trainer

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