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SCnSP – Bums on Seats

♦♦  CULTURE   &   SAFETY PERFORMANCE  ♦♦
Feb 2018
     

Bums on Seats

getting bums on seats at the right safety training does affect the bottom line positively

The Bottom Line

     

I’ve been thinking lately about the eternal question of the ROI (Return On Investment) for safety and safety projects in particular. My conclusion is that there is no direct ROI for safety. What one can expect is a reduction in incidents, resulting in a lowering of costs in terms of losses (medical and damages). Most industries and organisations use the rear-view-mirror approach to determine the ROI for safety projects using injuries, lives lost (fatalities) and, often, loss of reputation (safety record) as criteria.

However, the bottom line impact is not any of the above, but culture. Safety is part of the overall culture of an industry or organisation. Safety is not a stand-alone entity. Safety means doing things in a safe manner, doing it right, first time and every time, avoiding injury, loss and waste. Safety means engagement, it means ownership of the process, rules, operation and controls, amongst others. You cannot get safety right without rubbing off on other aspects of culture, like behaviours, teamwork, problem-solving, a bias towards action, productivity, quality and so on. That is why the real ROI for safety is its impact on the bottom line.

There are many ways in which the culture in an organisation is established. Leadership visibility, by living out the vision and values, especially in terms of safety, is one of the most important. Another one is education and training and, therefore, empowerment. It is imperative to get bums on seats, especially with safety training and, again, here leadership support is imperative.

At Disruptive Safety, we focus on the frontline to influence the culture, by educating and empowering H&S Reps in terms of safety.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Dr Cathy Key, for inspiring this safety tip by her use of the line “Getting Bums on Seats, the Bottom Line”.
[www.confmanager.com]

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SCnSP – Rework Your Safety Approach

♦♦  CULTURE   &   SAFETY PERFORMANCE  ♦♦
Feb 2018
     

Re‘-Work Your Safety Approach

Including your H&S Rep Training

Empowered Safety Rep

     

Let’s re-examine the real reason why safety is important.

We want our employees to return home to reunite with their families, every day. We want our assets and plants to remain in a safe and productive state. We want to re-use our resources and be relentless in reducing waste and effluent. Our operations need to be refined to reach the goal of reliably producing environment-friendly products.

Often, one of the causes of problems with safety is that we repeat old mistakes, over and over and over again. We need to recollect and learn from the past. One of the ways to do this is by conducting managerial reviews as part of our management system and standards.

The ‘RE‘ words

These are really important for safety because they’re action words and safety is not a once-off exercise.

RETURN  to the basics of safety.
REDISCOVER  the power of people – driven by a safety vision.
REQUEST  involvement and participation by all in safety.
REVIEW  your safety approach – reactive or proactive?
RECONSIDER  your safety recipe – approach.
RENEW  your safety systems and approach.
REFRESH  your approach – no papers, posters and pamphlets.
REINVENT  how you engage your people in safety.
REFLECT  on your attitude towards safety.
RECOGNISE  safe  behaviour and results.
REINFORCE  safe behaviour.
REWARD  Disruptive Safety[1] – better, faster, cheaper, safer.
RECHARGE  your safety efforts – our safety batteries are limited.
RETHINK  the repercussions of taking chances.
RECALL  incidents and remind employees of the consequences.
REVISE and REWRITE  your procedures to include safety.
RE-EXAMINE  what is preventing safety success.
REMOVE  causes of / reasons for unsafe behaviour.
RECTIFY  unsafe conditions promptly.
REPAIR  broken or damaged equipment or assets.
RESTORE  safety equipment and devices.
REPRIMAND  reckless behaviour.

Note

The word REACT is not in the above list because that is the most important behaviour / action to avoid in safety. A reactive approach focuses on compliance and corrective action only, rather than on prevention and doing the right things.
Also note that the words REVIEW, RECONSIDER, RENEW and REFRESH are all key to Disruptive Safety™ and that is why we have created The Safety Rep’s Survival Guide and are running in-house workshops.

Picture: Disruptive safety call to action icon

Ask yourself and your team:

Are you giving your internal customers (company employees) what they need or ordered, or are you merely flogging them stuff you think they should have or do, i.e. things they didn’t ask for, don’t understand or accept, can’t use and don’t value?

Don’t brush this off. This is a critical question if you want to get buy-in from the people you serve. It’s easy to assume that co-workers / employees don’t know what’s required in order to keep them safe. How do you know what it is that they do or don’t know if you haven’t asked them?

Listen and respect the input from those who ‘push the buttons and use the tools’. Accept their recommendations and legalise their actions = make them safe. This is where your H&S Reps play a critical role, provided they have been properly educated and empowered.

[1]   Disruptive Safety™ promotes a futuristic approach to safety which shifts the safety paradigm from ‘Preventing wrong’ to ‘Ensuring right’. Read more

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Nigel Risner, my international professional speaking colleague, who granted me permission to adapt the ‘RE’ concept for purposes of this safety tip.
[www.nigelrisner.com]

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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 – 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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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.

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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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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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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 – Leadership Responsibility (Rot at Top)

♦♦  CULTURE   &   SAFETY PERFORMANCE  ♦♦
Feb 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.

     

The Rot Starts At The Top

Leadership responsibility in safety

Picture: conductor of orchestra

     

Leaders have to be like the conductor of an orchestra. They select the music, dictate the tune and tempo, and ensure that all employees practice the safety habits so that together they can deliver a masterpiece.

There are, of course, other aspects as well, like setting expectations, holding each player accountable, giving feedback and recognition, etc. Nonetheless, the leaders have to invest their most precious resource to do all of this, namely their TIME. They have to be VIP’s – Visible, Involved and Pro-active – to show their employees that they are serious about safety. This is a tough call because there are so many other issues demanding the leader’s time – costs, quality, productivity, customer service …

The leader is accountable for the safety strategy, for looking ahead to what will be done tomorrow (rather than what is being done today or, even worse, what has been done yesterday!), for thinking, visualising the goal and for formulating the plan of how to get there.

There are 3 key habits which the leaders have to practice in this regard:

  1. Leaders have to formulate and communicate the safety vision and strategy. This is critical. For employees to follow, they need to know where the leader is heading and how he/she plans to get there.
  2. Leaders have to ensure that a culture of taking ACTION, in terms of safety, exists in the organization. Nothing kills the commitment and engagement in safety as quickly as a lack of ACTION. When employees see that nothing is being done about safety incidents or observations, then safety will not be a priority for them either. Taking (safety) ACTION goes way beyond pasting the SHE Policy on the walls!
  3. Leaders have to review the safety strategy. If the desired / anticipated results are not being achieved, then doing more of the same is not going to help. The leader has to look for different ways of doing things and the review should be ongoing, not only once every two years.

ACTION

Here is my challenge to you.

Use the download from my web site dealing with “Vision & Strategy” to examine what you have in place in your organization in terms of your safety strategy. Use the technique in that write-up as a checklist to formulate or review your safety vision and strategy.

It is important that leaders understand that changing the SHE culture is a transformation process and not an event. It takes years to implement such a culture change on a sustainable basis. Most companies run these short-term campaigns like ZERO ACCIDENTS, SAFETY FIRST, NO INJURIES, etc., but do not have a strategy and long-term plan in place.

The first step in formulating a safety strategy is to do the diagnostics. Look at the links below for excellent examples of what I am talking about – plus an outstanding communication effort by the NPC (National Planning Commission):

BTW. As active, adult citizens you should take an interest in what the NPC is doing to shape the future of this country!

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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.

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

PURPOSE

Safety Tip #2 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, PURPOSE, introduces the concept of SERVANT-LEADERSHIP: Your role as a manager is to HELP those who work in your organisation to do their jobs properly and safely.  Your PURPOSE is to “Be a FACILITATOR, not a COMPLICATOR”.

‘n boer maak ‘n plan**

You’ve heard this phrase how many times?  “Make a plan”.  “Find a way.”

Timken Wire QuickFix / ShortCut

And if you don’t help people, they will – with whatever is at hand or can be found or is within their means – wire, cable ties, tape, cardboard, plastic bottles and sheeting, wood.

(There’s alot of innovative energy when workers experience pain or want to make their jobs easier or their work lighter or don’t have the resources to do their jobs the right way.)

Admit it. You’ve seen it.

When I walk about in companies, I especially look out for the wire-tape-cardboard quickfixes. When I see them, I know there is a lack of support from management:

  • a lack of resources, often time and money
  • a lack of standards or enforcement of standards, allowing poor standards from home to be brought into the work place
  • a lack of presence, guidance and supervision
  • a lack of monitoring and control and management-on-the-feet (MBWA* or GOYA*)
It’s empowerment gone wrong.

You can’t make sure people understand the consequences of makeshift solutions, short cuts and poor standards, UNLESS you are providing what they need.  

You can only hold them accountable when the HELPER-FACILITATOR-MANAGER has done his / her job.

If you’re going to empower the worker (and you should), you have to provide the resources, guidance and standards.

Go WALK AROUND ground-zero – the shop floor, rock face, coal face.

ASK the people who push-the-buttons-and-use-the-tools:

HOW CAN I HELP?

DO NOT ASSUME you know what they need.  Just ASK!

* “MBWA” = Management By Walking About       * “GOYA” = Get Off Your ‘Ass’
** If you would like to read the story “Boer Maak ‘n Plan”, you can request it here.
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SAFETY

Disruptive Safety™… from The Safety Rep’s Survival Guide

10 Tips to Kill the Silly Season

Auditing vs Policing (aka “The Best Audits”) … from the Culture & Safety Performance series

Peopology: The Key to Sustainable Safety Transformation … incorporating “I Have a Dream”   and the whY Factor

The sequel to I HAVE A DREAM - 5 Simply Smart Ideas on how to implement YOUR SAFETY DREAM.Your Safety Dream … How to implement “I Have a Dream”

The Power of Discipline in Safety

10 Myths About Safety

Crocodile’s Tale

The Safety Calendar … from the Do One (Safety) Thing Each Month series

Safety Vision and Strategy (incl. Safety Review Questions) … from the Culture & Safety Performance series

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PRODUCTS

Jurgen Tietz - COOL TOOL VOTE FOR SAFETY Process Overview documentCOOL TOOL™ VOTE FOR SAFETY™ Process – Overview

VUKA! VUSA! WAKE UP! RISE UP!™ Boot camp – Overview

COOL TOOL™ Toolbox Talks – About and Topics

COOL TOOL™ Toolbox Talks – Demo Module – Module C4 – Hands-Cuts

COOL TOOL™ Knock-out Safety Tips – Overview

COOL TOOL™ Safety Cookies: Ideas for recognising commitment to safety

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EVENTS

Jürgen Tietz: Health & Safety Speaker – Profile

Jürgen Tietz: Health & Safety Speaker – Brochure

Presentation Questionnaire: 10 Questions You Need To Answer

Organising a Safety Event: 10 Things You Need To Know

Organising a Safety Event: How to Get ‘Buns’ on Seats

Face on Safety Presentation: Photo Session Guidelines

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GENERAL

Time Management … from the Culture & Safety Performance series

New Leadership Role Checklist (New Job Checklist)

“When not to have a meeting” Checklist

Tools & Techniques for Effective Meetings … from the Culture & Safety Performance series

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