26 May 2020 by Jane Owen Jones
The Coronavirus pandemic will impact both the nature of our on-site safety conversations and the methods we use to learn the skills for conducting those conversations. At the same time, the normal risks of working in a high-hazard environment have not gone away. There are still dangers inherent in the work carried out in all operational settings, plants and sites. Indeed, the risks may have subtly shifted as organisations adapt by working with fewer personnel on the ground and by introducing social distancing.
In this changing world it is vital that we manage the twin challenges of maintaining the health of our people while guarding against the kind of safety incident that can, in our work environment, all too easily result in high potential incidents.
These challenges cannot be met without genuine, visible leadership which is deeply sensitive to the changing risks of the operation and which makes informed and thoughtful decisions about how to manage those risks. This requires increased skill, empathy and understanding on the part of leaders at all levels, particularly in the way they interact with their people on the front line.
Lloydmasters traditionally offer workshops to leaders to explore the impact of leadership behaviour and culture in driving safety performance but the current situation requires a bold replacement to these. We have developed a suite of online safety leadership tutorials – not webinars or lectures – so that we can engage with the audience, embed learning and conduct debates.
These tutorials will specifically focus on:
They are a mix-and-match series of four 90-minute sessions, tailored to the needs, risks and operating environment of your particular organisation. Each one is designed around the specific situation you are facing and will reflect the constraints, regulations, processes, hazards and recent incidents which shape your operations.
The four topics covered are:
1. Role and purpose of leadership safety visits in a changing operating environment
2. The leaders’ role in building resilience against serious incidents
3. The skills of genuine, collaborative conversations in service of risk reduction
4. Learning from leadership visits and follow-up action plans
To ensure an interactive, engage learning experience, participation in a tutorial via Zoom is limited to five delegates.
Our extensive programme of testing and piloting has revealed this to be the optimum number if the learning is to be enjoyable, relevant and effective.
Each session is a deep-dive exploration of the real challenges faced by your leaders and the discussion and illustration (via case study, best-practice exchange and video examples) of how these challenges can best be met.
The tutorials bring to bear the full weight of our industry- leading expertise in the field of safety leadership and culture gained through our top-rated programmes with clients such as BP, GSK, British Airways, Network Rail, HS2, easyJet, Morgan Sindall, National Air Traffic Services and other global-leading organisations who operate in high-hazard environments. Our work is backed by collaboration with many of the world’s top academics in the field as well as through working in partnership with experts from NASA and the UK Health and Safety Executive.
Our experience stretches back some 35 years.
Other services to help in the current situation
All work can be safely carried out online, or where possible, and if relevant, in small social distancing groups in situ.
Our aim is to help industry work safely and deliver outstanding performance.