Outdoor Insights partnered with Eraring Energy to deliver a series of customised Safety Leadership programs. The aim of these programs was to further develop workplace attitudes and behaviours towards a culture of safety excellence. Outdoor Insights worked with personnel from all levels of the organisation within the context of ‘safe people, safe plant and safe systems’.
The programs allowed participants to gain a new perspective on how collaborative partnerships, with active participation from all members of the organisation, are used to positively transform safety. Participants soon became aware that committed input from each individual was required in order to maximise productive safety improvements.
Outdoor Insights staff facilitated a number of group workshops that identified and challenged negative beliefs and values. These findings were then used as the basis for an understanding of the triggers that result in unsafe behaviour, and ultimately used as the basis for change.
Feedback from participants at the end of the program included the following learning outcomes:
• Understanding of how to work effectively as a cross functional team to plan and carry out work safely
• Improvement in interpersonal communication about WHS issues across all levels of the organisation
• Openly discussing issues around the implementation of WHS systems and to highlight areas where systems contributed to safety problems
• An increased knowledge of safety theory, risk management, leadership, team work and safety culture
The program led to a significantly better informed workforce who had a clear understanding of why the organisations WHS activities were implemented. Participants operated from a shared understanding of what the organisation was aiming to achieve and were more willing to participate in, and challenge, the organisations direction, shared practices and systems.