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SCnSP – What’s your real job?

♦♦  SAFETY CULTURE   &   SAFETY PERFORMANCE  ♦♦
May 2016
     

What’s Your Real Job?

(as a Safety Professional)

graphic with text I'm just asking

     

Frequently, when I contact safety professionals, I am told: “We are busy with audits” or “I still have to do the monthly report” or “I am in a safety meeting” or “We are preparing for the EXCO”.
So, my challenge to you, as a safety professional, is:
Describe your real job in a paragraph or two, as if you were a safety consultant and had to sell your services to interested parties.
Now ask yourself: Would you pay a safety consultant for only doing audits, collecting figures, sitting in meetings, producing reports and being a safety accountant?

I know. You have to satisfy the needs of senior management, because they control the resources – pay your salary and approve your budget. Yes, there are legal stipulations which you have to comply with, in terms of reporting and ensuring the safety of employees. Yes, there’s work to be done to get and maintain your accreditation. And yes, you have a job description, with key performance areas in auditing and reporting.

Nonetheless, ask yourself: Who are your real clients? Does all the reporting, auditing and graphs you spend so much time on improve the safety culture? How much of what you do positively affects the employees – the people who ‘push the buttons and use the tools’ – directly? How much of what you do are ‘self-generated’ activities or distractions which you do because it seems the right thing to do?

Consider. If you are cook, what’s important is the meal you serve. If you are surgeon, what matters is your performance in the operating theatre. If you are speaker, your talk on the stage is what it’s all about.
Most professionals have to spend up to 90% of their time in preparing, ensuring quality, staying up-to-date and many other things. However, none of this matters if the meal is poor, the operation is botched up, or the talk makes no impact because we spent too much time on distractions, instead of the real purpose of our job.

Don’t allow yourself to get confused about which part of your job is really important, really worth your time, the actual point of the exercise, of providing safety support – the part which makes a real difference!

ACTION

Get clarity about what your real job is, then tackle it and deliver!

Look into the ‘integrity mirror’ and list your main tasks. Categorise them into Must Do (value-adding – someone is willing to pay for this), Nice To Have (not critical for safety) and Who Really Wants This (distraction / non-value adding).
If need be, go and rewrite your job description! You are the ‘safety cook’!

Ask the employees (not your managers):

  • How difficult are we making it for you to spend money on safety improvements?
  • How well are we listening, and reacting, to safety concerns or suggestions?
  • How easy is it for you to contact senior managers?
  • Do we give you permission to take action to make it safe?
  • How safety empowered are you and how do we know this?
  • What are we doing to improve and reinvent safety?
  • How good are our safety professionals?
  • What are we doing to support our SHE reps?
  • How much time are we spending on safety and how is that time spent?
  • How much of our safety efforts are re-active as opposed to pro-active?

RELATED READING

I’ve written about this issue a number of times, addressing it from different angles:

Mirror on the wall

Stretched thin

The illusion / paradox of control

I don’t have time

Safety first – really?

The best audits

What is your worth?

Under the knife

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GM – S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-D   THIN

♦♦  SAFETY CULTURE   &   SAFETY PERFORMANCE  ♦♦
Jan 2016
 

S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-D  THIN

(not a recommended diet plan)

 

I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.
— Bilbo Baggins in “The Fellowship of the Ring” by J.R.R. Tolkien
graphic depicting butter being spread on slice of bread

Many people and companies are feeling s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d going into 2016. Many are aware that they have to revise what they do and how they do it. Perfect timing – it’s a new year!

A new year is a bit like a new day … it’s an opportunity to start fresh, to apply what has been learnt from experience, to correct mistakes, to be a better version of oneself, to do things in a better way.

The realisation or acknowledgement that one has the opportunity to “start anew” is energising. But it requires some thought. Does one need a “new start”? Why? What will one do differently? Is it better and will it give one the desired results? What steps must be taken?

As I’m sure you’ve noticed by now, I am often inspired by Seth Godin’s posts and how they frequently underline my thinking on safety. In his post entitled  Is it too little butter, or too much bread? [1],  Seth reflects on resources, or rather, a perceived shortage thereof.

“Insufficient resources to get a job done / completed” – it unfailingly features in the Top 10 Excuses List.  But it needn’t, if you’re smart about what you do with the “safety butter” you have.

As Seth says: “… doing a great job with what we’ve got is the single best way to get a chance to do an even better job with more, next time.” [1]

Having to make do with less engenders creativity.
But you don’t even have to get creative.
Just G-R-O-W your SHE Reps.

Instead of getting more safety professionals to do more audits, create more paperwork, write more reports and procedures … enable your existing people to become active Safety Representatives.

So, if you’re feeling s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d, make the most of what you have.
As a leader, make it your underlying goal for 2016 to equip your people to do the best job they can.
As a SHE Rep, make it your underlying goal for 2016 to equip yourself to do the best job you can.

I wish you a productive and successful 2016.
May you G-R-O-W into your dreams and goals.

[1]    “Is it too little butter, or too much bread?

A NEW YEAR’S GIFT FOR YOU

photo of tent calendar for 2016 courtesy of Jurgen Tietz

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SCnSP – Ukuhlanya

♦♦♦  SAFETY CULTURE   &   SAFETY PERFORMANCE  ♦♦♦

In this series, I share with you my thoughts on Why Safety Is An Issue For Most Companies and the Things We Must Address If We Want To Improve Our Safety Performance. It’s time to tackle the  safety dilemma / paradox  of our times with a  disruptive approach to safety.

UKUHLANYA[1]

(Safety Paradox and Disruptive Safety)

How do you review your Safety Plan?

Let me give you some essential background before I suggest the actions.

It started when I realised that, for most of our plans, it is a case of insanity i.e. doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result[2].

Expectations have changed drastically, both for employers and employees. Employers expect more skills and competencies and at the same time more engagement and contribution from employees. Employees want more freedom in how they fulfil those expectations. It’s time to “acknowledge that the old method of productivity, of being a good employee by obediently doing what you are told, is obsolete. Our job is to figure out what’s next and to bring the ideas and resources to the table to make it happen.”[3]

graphic depicting lack of einspruchsrecht i.e. consultation

In addition, people have a much shorter attention span in these times of hashtags, selfies, iPhones and iPads. We have distorted the priority scale with the habit of responding immediately to the ring / tweet / vibration of the hand-held device. We have developed an attitude of “I want it and I want it now!” and people’s behaviour has changed accordingly. People are tired of posters, pamphlets and papers. The old systems of toolbox talks, presentations and preaching procedures no longer work that well. There is a new generation of employees who demand “einspruchsrecht”[4] and full engagement.

The Safety Dilemma.

In this age of disruptive change, we have to do things better, faster, cheaper and safer or risk going out of business. We have to have people on board who think and create safety improvements. We have to let them experiment – try it, fix it and make it work. We have to make information-enabling technology available so as to free them up to do what they do best, like thinking, creating, etc. The technology must engender independence not dependence, dependence being when you get what I call the “auto pilot syndrome” = pilots who can no longer fly themselves out of an emergency.

At the same time, we want people to manage the risks and to not take chances. We want people to look-to-see and listen-to-hear. So, we have to enforce our cardinal or lifesaving rules and, in the process, pile on a myriad of procedures, instructions and standards. For example, to avoid traffic accidents, keep to the left, drive a road worthy vehicle, be a competent, licensed driver and obey the road signs are non-negotiable!

Ultimately, for most, safety becomes a compliance issue: measure injury rates, deviations from procedures, near ‘misses’, non-compliant behaviour, etc. When the fear-based compliance manifests, we are unhappy. We want people to do the right thing because it is the safe thing to do, not because they’re going to be caught and / or fined.

We want to keep it safe and simple but we still need to be in control. It is a tough balance to strike.

Control contains a peculiar paradox.
The more you impose control, the less control you have,
because it removes accountability from someone who should own the responsibility in the first place
.”[5]

The Safety Plan.

In most organizations, there is a fear of failure and thus things take too long, changes are analysed to death, projects are too intimidating and the approval levels are far too high up the hierarchy. The end result is that people get ‘busy’ with activities like meetings, investigations, proposals, etc. which do not actually produce an outcome. At the end of the day, the “big change” project on the safety plan just gets stuck – the ‘elephant’ cannot move, despite the best efforts of the ‘rider’. The ‘path’ becomes muddied.[6]

To get around this, we need to shrink the changes into smaller, bite sizes and rally the herd to drive safety forward. If we can invent, launch and complete projects in days, instead of weeks or months, its way more likely that these projects will be more relevant at the plant / team level.

If you want your employees to get enthusiastic about safety, give them something ‘they can take home’ and be proud of = something they accomplished. One hundred small projects, completed at this level, are worth much more than one big project battling to get traction.

ACTION

  • Instead of a grand revision of your safety improvement plan, go for a  Just Do Something SAFE™[7]  safety culture. Get your teams / plants to create their own safety projects. Carry out campaigns themed on “any cause, anytime, anywhere” that are safety-related, within their means and can be completed within days.
    I am not going to give you a template or a hundred examples, as that defeats the object of you owning this disruptive safety approach. I will, however, share with you a few trigger ideas: paint the workshop floor, erect a handrail, review and renew safety signs, clean out the store room, spring clean ‘my own work space’ week.
    Your challenge is to rally the herd using suitable encouragement and recognition.
  • If the above approach is too disruptive for you, then review your safety plan, but do not use the “Moses Approach”.[8]
    Consult your key stakeholders in safety, including SHE Reps, at their place of work – a kind of “Road Hear” (not “Show”) or “lekgotla”. Get them to tell you about their safety expectations, key safety issues, any quick hits and what they want to see happen. These sessions should be facilitated by a skilled, independent person and the outcome should be communicated back to all stakeholders, within a week or two.

ps. I am able and willing to facilitate either of these actions for you and to share some tools and techniques to manage the process. (T&C’S apply)

REFERENCE

[1]   “Ukuhlanya” = “insanity” in isiZulu

[2]   Albert Einstein, German physicist (1879-1955)

[3]   Seth Godin – sundry, thought-provoking posts

[4]   “Einspruchsrecht” = “the right of people to partake in decisions which affect them”, a German expression

[5]   “Beyond Management”, by Etsko Schuitema

[6]   Analogy from “Switch”, by Chip and Dan Heath

[7]   Spring-boarding on DoSomething, which is a stellar success, a fast-growing non-profit that’s engaging with millions of young people around the world.

[8]   “Moses Approach” = where leaders huddle together in the boardroom to work out the new vision, strategy, plan or some other directive, based on assumptions, and which they expect the troops to eagerly embrace without having been consulted about what is actually required.

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GM – Road Safety – Year-End “Take Safety Home” Message

♦♦♦    Road Safety    ♦♦♦

Year-End Take Safety Home Message

Those of you who have been following me for some time know how passionate I am about this topic. We kill nearly ten times more people on our roads each year than ALL industrial fatalities combined in all workplaces. Chances are that if you are going to lose someone over the holiday season, it will be on the roads. This is not only via vehicle accidents – pedestrian fatalities account for approximately 40% of road-related deaths.

graphic of ambulance with money

We are able to release last year’s crime statistics in the greatest of detail so the SAPS can plan and focus on the right hot spots. But, in spite of substantial funding, the Department of Transports Road Traffic Management Corporation is unable to provide road accident statistics, because they are “reengineering the Road Traffic information collection process”. In terms of road safety, we are effectively flying blind. I cannot give you the exact figure, but I can tell you that the cost of road accidents runs into billions – we could easily build and maintain our road infrastructure if we could halve our accidents.

We all know that we cannot improve something which we are not measuring and the latest road traffic data is from 2011! We can be as concerned as we like about the current situation, but we can only influence what is within our control. Therefore, let us influence our employees to become ACTIVE SAFE road users.

There are three things which kill people on the roads ( F S D )

The first is FATIGUE. If people are tired and take their eyes off the road, the likelihood of accidents shoots up dramatically. Thus encourage the habit of taking a break and getting enough sleep before a road trip.

SPEED is the second killer. Speed reduces the opportunity to react to any unforeseen event and stay in control!

DRINKING (Drugs) is the third killer. Alcohol has a disastrous effect on your reaction time as well as staying awake and alert.

ACTION

1. Draw up your plan for the year-end now! Involve your SHE Reps in that planning – empower them to play an ACTIVE role in implementing some of the ideas below, as well as coming up with their own suggestions.
2. Road Safety Cookie
  graphic of ambulance with money This is a small hand-out to engage ALL your employees in road safety and to remind them to take a safety attitude with them when going home for the holidays.
These Road Safety Cookies™ have been specifically branded with road safety signs and the cookie inserts are road safety messages.
There are many ways to use this COOL TOOL™.
  One idea is to put the name(s) of employees killed during the year in road accidents on the back of the cookie inserts eg. + IN MEMORY OF +
I will assist you with customisation to meet your specific needs.
More ideas
on how to use the Safety Cookies here.
3. Road Safety Toolbox Talks. I am offering this series of 6 CD’s at a special discount of R2,750. These CD’s are part of my COOL TOOL™ Toolbox Talks and cover the Road Safety Topics of Seat Belts, Attitude, Road Signs, Pedestrians and vehicles – download the overview.
3. Advanced Driving Safety Rules. Get your SHE Reps to hand out a leaflet, with advanced driving tips, to everyone leaving your premises when taking their year-end break.
If you need ideas for this, send me an email.
4. Look at activities you can sponsor at schools in your neighbourhood, for example driving lessons or driving simulators for schools.

RELATED MATERIAL

A Hong Kong movie theatre asks its patrons to leave their cell phones ON when they enter the movie house. Using that, Volkswagen made an eye opening advertisement.

Have you been tagged?
Caught at a road block
Taking your eye off the ball / road / task
Walking the circle of safety
Safety misconceptions – what we can learn from them
Manslaughter or murder?

REFERENCE MATERIAL

  • RTMC latest annual report is 2012- 2013. (If you look at Section 8, in particular the part which reviews the achievement of their strategic objective “improve collection of data” on page 56, you will find that they did not achieve KPI 32 = State of Road Safety Report. The financials are in Section 9 on page 71.)
  • Arrive Alive has no up to date info either – last report is 2011.

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SCnSP – Vote for Safety

♦♦♦   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 get employees to fully commit to safety because they know they are empowered to make a difference when it comes to safety in the workplace. COOL TOOL™ Vote For Safety™ is a most effective process to achieve just this.

COOL TOOL™ Vote For Safety™

A Process of Engaging All Your Employees

Now is the right time to ride on the wave of election fever. Political parties of all shapes and sizes were abuzz trying to woo voters. The streets are still plastered with papers, posters and promises; flags, banners and T-shirts could be seen everywhere; campaigns, rallies and toyi-toyi were the order of the day; manifestos, interviews and empty rhetoric in the media. More than enough.

However, there is a positive spin-off for us safety practitioners. We can use this political model and the energy created and channel that into safety.

Why do we vote?

Each one of us believes it is our right and civil duty to contribute to who and how the country is run. Most of us trust our vote will make a difference. This is the springboard for safety. Employees must be empowered (and know they are empowered) to make a difference in safety. The best way to empower people is to give them Einspruchsrecht – the right to partake in decisions which affect them, especially in safety.

picture of Cool Tool Vote for Safety with people at the voting booths
picture of Cool Tool Vote for Safety with people at the ballot boxes

The COOL TOOL™ Vote For Safety™ is a most effective process to achieve just this.

We don’t have to train people how to vote. The IEC has done that for us already. We can engage everyone, from the shopfloor to the boardroom. People know that each vote carries the same weight, whether it is the CEO’s or the janitor’s.

Voting is the ultimate way of hearing the people’s voice. The cherry on the top is that, through voting, we can get commitment to safety“We voted for this!”

Using Vote For Safety™, we empower the SHE Reps to become active safety employees. The outcome of the voting lays a powerful foundation to develop a set of non-negotiables and / or for input into a safety improvement program / strategy.

picture saying Take Action and showing a Cool Tool Vote for Safety poster
  • Go to the S.H.E. ATM to watch the COOL TOOL™ Vote For Safety™ video clip and get more information. See what participants have to say about it while you’re there.
  • Brief the management about the concept of Vote For Safety™ and ensure their buy-in. This includes the need for them to take this effort seriously, for absolute transparency and their unconditional acceptance of the results of the voting.
  • Set an election date and ensure that people are given time to go and vote on that day.
  • Brief all employees about Vote For Safety™ – what is the purpose and management’s commitment to the process – WHY, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHO and HOW.
  • Appoint a champion / owner who must assemble a team of election officials, observers, etc. and thus drive the process. This is best done by empowering the SHE Reps to elect the “Chief Safety Election Officer” and “Safety Election Officials”. The safety officers should take up the “Safety Election Observer / Advisor” role.
  • The ballot paper is critical to the voting process. Agree on the outcome of the voting process and how to structure the ballot paper.

    Contact me to help you** facilitate Vote For Safety™ and empower the “Chief Safety Election Officer” (She Rep) to present the ballot paper to management for sign off.

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D1STEM – Pitching a Safety Tent

♦ 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:    PITCHING A SAFETY TENT

With all the electronic devices available and so many makes to choose from, coupled with a multitude of apps and software handling calendars and planners, the “old faithful” paper wall or desk calendar has been relegated to the museum – and not only by the younger generation.

However, the principle of prioritising the limited resource of TIME, looking at the future and PLANNING YOUR FOCUS remains as valid as ever.

So, this month, pitch your SAFETY TENT calendar!

A4 Tent Desk Calendar from Jurgen Tietz of eKhuluma

Download my tent calendar (similar to that in the photo) and print on an A4 sheet of paper or cardboard.

Why not use my tent calendar to create your own SAFETY TENT Calendar, with your SAFETY SLOGAN and IMAGES for this year, to distribute to your leaders and SHE Reps.

If you’ve been pro-active and have an approved Safety Plan for the year, why not include your SAFETY MILESTONES, replacing the school term and/or public holiday sections of the calendar with your dates for work stoppages, awareness sessions, major audits, shutdowns, etc.

Be sure to review the material in the “Related Reading” and take me up on my offers, below, too.

DOWNLOAD

To download the free “DIY” Safety Tent Calendar for 2016 click here.

RELATED READING

Safety Vision and Strategy

Safety Planning”    ps. Get my “Safety Plan” wall calendar while you’re there!

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Contact me for some free checklists and ideas on planning safety events.

If you do not have a DTP resource who can help you with editing and publishing your own Safety Tent Calendar for the year, I can recommend Ally Moir of Creative Cats Graphic & Print Bureau. You can contact her at the e-mail address provided on the calendar.

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GM – It’s the final countdown!

♦♦♦    SPECIAL EDITION    ♦♦♦

It’s official. The Silly Season is on our doorstep and wherever you look there are tips for surviving it – how to survive office parties, recover from hangovers, stay slim … and now, from me, how to keep the safety spirit alive and, literally, survive at work, at home, at play and on the road.

 

It’s the Final Countdown!

It is the same, tiresome “old song”, a hardy perennial – complaining about the so-called “Silly Season”, but yet, so often, doing nothing about it because we feel so helpless.

Every year, at around this time, I get asked for a quick-fix solution to combat the effects of people letting down their guard – before, during and after the holidays.

The answer lies in understanding what is different about the “Silly Season” to any other time of the year:

  • We have our minds set on taking time out and getting a break. We are preoccupied with planning a vacation, taking a trip, spending time with our families and in general doing something different from the everyday slog of working.
  • We are being bombarded with advertising and Christmas lights and Christmas music on the radio and TV as early as October.
  • ” ‘Tis the season to be jolly” i.e. celebrating with “wine, women and song” and afterwards hitting the road, either driving or on foot. Nearly half of the road deaths are pedestrians.
  • We are down-shifting gears, losing FOCUS on safety and much more inclined to “tata ma chance”, and, for those people who have to work while everyone else is on holiday, it is especially tough to stay focused.
  • We work with less staff on shift and it’s mostly the junior, less experienced people who stay behind. The old hands pull rank and go on leave, placing steering of the ship through the troubled Christmas break in the hands of the second team.
Knock! Knock! Who's there? Itsilly. Itsilly who? It's SILLY SEASON time!

The critical question is: Are you SERIOUS about taking ACTION to deal with this safety issue and are you willing to invest TIME & MONEY to show your employees that you are indeed serious?

ACTION

  1. Get the senior managers (EXCO level and those reporting to the EXCO) to “Walk the Talk” on the site. The key here is constant visibility!
  2. Issue “Silly Season Safety Official” vests to the senior managers and SHE Reps and make them hand out safety reminders at the office / factory / mine gate!

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VUKA! VUSA!™ Safety Boot Camp

 

Jurgen Tietz: Anda Manufacturing CC TA eKhuluma logoimpleX Legal Compliance Solutions logo

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

Jurgen Tietz - Vuka Vusa toolbox - closed view

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”.

Jurgen Tietz - Vuka Vusa boot camp toolbox showing contents
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.

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♦ SERIES ♦♦   SAFETY ON A SHOESTRING BUDGET   ♦♦ SERIES ♦

PEOPLE

Safety Tip #4 in the series

  ◊  PREVENTION   ◊  PURPOSE
  ◊  PREPARATION   ♦  PEOPLE
  ◊  PROBLEMS   ◊  PAT-ON-BACK
  ◊  PLAN   ◊  PROGRESS
  ◊  PEN-TO-PAPER   ◊  PRO-ACTIVE

The purpose of this series is to give struggling-but-eager SHE professionals and practitioners, who are working for financially-constrained companies, pointers on how to get the safety awareness message across to both management and workers, on a shoestring budget.

Today’s topic, PEOPLE, highlights your role and the benefits of involving your HIDDEN RESOURCES in your walk-abouts.

Involve the relevant people when doing your walk abouts.

DO NOT disempower the people who should own safety by leaving them out of the equation. They should look, see and hear what you are seeing – the GOOD, bad and ugly. How else are you going to get them to accept responsibility for taking ACTION? Otherwise you end up with a culture of “let’s wait for the report / list of things they found wrong” and thus no commitment.

Your role (Prevention and Pro-active) is to influence, advise, encourage / motivate and lend a pair of fresh eyes / ears.

SHE Rep

The hidden resources are the SHE Reps. They can play a vital, value adding role to your safety efforts and the walk-abouts are one of the best ways to give them ‘on the job training’. Just imagine, if you had another 50, 100 or even 300 switched-on, contributing (preferably pro-active) safety resources!

Involving all has the benefit of a low-cost learning experience for your SHE Reps, and, with more eyes actively “seeing”, more opportunities for PREVENTION!

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This man, Jurgen Tietz, is a genius when it comes to safety motivational talks. As you will see from many testimonials, he knows how to engage his audience whether it is management or the work force. I highly recommend him. If you see any opportunity to engage him, you will not regret it. Have a look at the info … it is excellent.

— Howard Park, AEL Regional Ops Manager, Botswana

SAB Miller and Kingfisher Award for most innovative presentation awarded to Jurgen Tietz at SAPICS 35th Annual Conference held at Sun City

Powerful.

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

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I know and [am] excited about the great work done by Jürgen, and he is one of my mentors on industrial safety, so at any stage given the chance he is one of the people I would prefer to come address management and employees on safety.

— Rhulani Mathebula, Eskom Matimba Group Manager Plant Maintenance

 

Safety Events Feedback

 

 

TESTIMONIALS SIZZLER REEL

feedback from clients including SASOL, ESKOM, PETROSA, UNILEVER, SAPPI, SABN,
RHEINMETALL DENEL MUNITION, ASSMANG, COCA COLA, BABCOCK and TRANSNET

 

Rheinmetall Denel Munition – Boskop:
Safety Day

Dawie van Vuuren, Project Manager: Naval and Armour Programmes

 

AECI:
SHE Conference

Gary Cundill, Group Technical & EHS Manager

Many thanks for the very interesting, informative and thought-provoking presentation you and Dr Skeepers delivered to us at the AECI SHE Conference.
You have given me LOTS to think about …

Derek Arnoldi, Corporate SHE Manager, Improchem

 

COCA-COLA SHANDUKA BOTTLERS:
Safety Talk

Yvette Langston, Supply Chain Manager

 

BAT:
EHS Imbizo

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.

Arturo Rodriguez, MD, BAT Heidelberg

 

COCA-COLA SHANDUKA BOTTLERS:
SHE Rep VUKA! VUSA!™ Bootcamp

Henk Janse van Vuuren, SHER Manager

 

SASOL NITRO:
Safety Stand Down

Wehan Niemand

 

SABN:
Strategy Development

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.

Moses Mudau, SHEQ Manager

 

BABCOCK:
Simply Smart Safety Program

Mpho Matshane, SHEQ Manager

 

ESKOM Kriel Power Station:
Safety Awareness

Jabulane Mavimbela, Power Station Manager

 

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

Kate, Safety Officer

 

ENGEN Retail:
Staff Meeting

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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