Who influenced you?
For me I had started working at Goodman Fielder (Quality Bakers) in a part time sales support role while doing a business degree. Out of the blue I received a call from the site manager asking me if I was interested in helping them with a Safety Programme - Food Safety though. That went well and then H&S was next up and after completing a H&S Certificate, which I had asked for to ensure I has some knowledge. Then trying to work out what I needed to do the Goodman Fielder H&S Manager
showed up at our site in late 1998. I still remember sitting down with me as he inspired me, first by explaining the new Safety the GF Way programme that was about to be launched. Then verbally relaying a lock out procedure that was a needed addition to the Procedural Manual I was in the process of putting together, oh to have that knowledge. I was hooked and then further work with Terry on the Safety the GF Way at my site and went on to help train people at other GF site. So Terry is still around, leading Safety at The Warehouse now.
Training ideas | templates | etc.
I present a photo and ask the students to identify the risks in the photo. They are only allowed to say one as we go around the group. The person at the end is really sweating as sometimes there is not many left.
I went to my builder and ask them to take a photo on the site and put in as many of the risks as they can. This becomes a challenge for them to find the risks then simulate them.
The benefit of this exercise is it gets everyone engaged, not just the ones that often speak up first. I usually do it first up so I can jot down peoples names so I can ask them questions during the presentation.
If you email me I can send you one of my photos I use.
Who influenced you?
It was a horticultural company that I was working for. As part of the induction the person showed me the "Memorial wall" in the staff room of all the workers who had died of cancer. The majority type of cancer they all died of was lung cancer. When I asked what precautions have been put into place now to ensure this wall does not grow, the person asked what I meant. They had no clue that the use of chemicals and soils within the business, would have contributed to their illnesses and deaths. They were quite shocked when I made the connection. This person was a long serving senior manager of the business.
Recent Q&A session: Rebecca Macfie on Pike River, ten years on
Hi Peter, some examples:
Psychology and social psychology - understanding why and how people make decisions (we have started to make some good moves in this area)
Systems engineering / systems thinking - how complex systems interact and the breakdown of direct cause and effect with increasing complexity
Engineering - lessons to be leant from process safety and safety in design
Risk management - understanding stochastic models and how that impacts on risk exposure
Statistics - recognising why most of what we measure and track has almost no predictive value
Leadership and management theory - for (hopefully) obvious reasons
That's not exhaustive, though. This is what I wrote when thinking about this in my book:
A top quality safety professional is conversant with organisational culture; organisational psychology; individual psychology; motivational theories; basic medical requirements; an understanding of chemicals and their effects; probability and risk theory; ergonomics; engineering techniques across all disciplines; operational activities across a range of industries; the process impact of temperature and pressure; legislation and regulation; communication techniques and influencing skills from workface to board and everywhere in between; statistical analysis and a whole host of other complexities
Who influenced you?
I started my HS career in 2011, not entirely by choice but I needed to do something else in my life at that moment. I took over from a person who knew absolutely nothing about HS so I enrolled at SIT for the Occ HS Diploma. I found NZISM which was a saviour. I moved onto another HS role a few years later and had the privilege of working with
, that was one of the highlights in my HS career and I still follow him diligently. Another person who has always been my "go to" is Phil Lewis-Farrell, always encouraging me and there whenever I need advice, also met Phil through NZISM. The latest person in my HS career that made a huge impact on my HS thinking is Jo(Joanne) van den Berg, she was my manager at The Dept of Corrections and has now moved onto Frucor Suntory, a great manager and even greater person
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