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Rdot  
#1 Posted : 16 June 2017 13:39:11(UTC)
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Rdot

Hi All,

I need to make everyone in my company know they have the full support of the company when it comes to stopping any unsafe work (i am only new into the place and we are looking to improve the culture).

An issue arose where people were working at height within a factory without the correct controls in place and this was seen by someone who took a couple of pictures and eamiled them to the safety officer who was hundreds of miles away and did not even reported it to the supervisor.

It is a positive they did this but obviously i want them to address any unsafe issues at the time before going into reporting.

Has anyone any good positive messages, alerts posters etc which they could point me to on this - or any ideas.

Thanks in advance

Roy

JohnW  
#2 Posted : 16 June 2017 13:53:26(UTC)
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JohnW

Hi, with regard to working at height, in the absence of your safety officer your supervisors should have the authority to stop unsafe work. And yes I know a supervisor may have said do the job that way..... Also, does your workplace have equipment to do work at height? Good step ladders? Platforms with barriers? Do they hire a scissor lift when that would be the appropriate equipment? .

Edited by user 16 June 2017 13:54:37(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

Rdot  
#3 Posted : 16 June 2017 13:58:31(UTC)
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Rdot

Hi JohnW,

Thanks for your response,  but it is not the work at height aspect this post is about as we have dealt with this but the promotion of how we make our staff feel confident and supported to stop unsafe acts. Not just the direct supervisors but all staff.

Thanks

Ian Bell2  
#4 Posted : 16 June 2017 13:59:33(UTC)
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Ian Bell2

How about Mrs May and Mr Javid agree to funding public services to an acceptable level. How about tax laws are drafted so the large Corporates pay a fair rate of tax to help fund public services. Nobody is asking for cash to be wasted, just a credible level of public services we all benefit from.
JohnW  
#5 Posted : 16 June 2017 14:18:35(UTC)
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JohnW

Originally Posted by: Rdot Go to Quoted Post
<p>Hi JohnW, </p><p>Thanks for your response,&nbsp; but it is not the work at height aspect this post is about as we have dealt with this but the promotion of how we make our staff feel confident and supported to stop unsafe acts. Not just the direct supervisors but all staff. </p><p> </p><p>Thanks </p>
Ron, ok sorry, but you used that example and I was just asking if a safer way to dot he job was available not requiring the safety officer. Regarding awareness, you want to make staff aware of what they should do in a risky situation. Make them aware what the company safety policy says about unsafe conditions or unsafe actions and that everyone has a responsibility to their work colleagues. .
Kate  
#6 Posted : 16 June 2017 15:28:45(UTC)
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Kate

I know the feeling.

I've used the following methods:

Get the boss  to tell everyone, in a suitable forum, that they have the authority to stop unsafe work and moreover that he expects them to do so.

An incident reporting form that includes after the usual what, where, when, who, the question "What did you do about it?"

Devoting 50% of the time in work at height training to discussing the need to challenge unsafe work at height and examples of when and how to do this.  The examples I use are photos from www.safetyphoto.co.uk

Stuart Smiles  
#7 Posted : 16 June 2017 16:04:51(UTC)
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Stuart Smiles

Devise a pledge for general people on site, inc contractors etc and get everyone to sign it. Do the same for managers and get them to sign too, together on same sheet. Effects collective responsibility on managers and roles & responsibilities for both sides. Staff understand pledge from their side and can ref manager pledge if getting told do it anyway. Pm if you want a copy of ones we had. Get them to sign for it and put copy in file/ on training record. They keep copy to remember what committments are. Manager pledge goes next th hse poster and policy in reception. For all inc visitors to see. Operators Behaviour Pledge I ………………………………….. as an employee of XXXXX promise to follow the following simple rules to ensure the Health & safety of my self and others and to promote the professional standards of the company. • I understand that unsafe behaviour is viewed extremely seriously and can lead to disciplinary action and/or instant dismissal. • Health and safety rules cover myself and everyone else. I will act to prevent an accident before it happens. • I will wear the personal protective equipment (PPE) and clothing made available and always wear steel toe cap boots, high-vis jacket and protective hard hat when on site. • I will report loss or damage of PPE and obtain replacement. • I will present my Driving Licence for inspection prior to joining the Company and at any time that it is requested. • I will report any change to my licence to my Supervisor and Senior Manager – namely any points or fines gained on it. • I will never come to work under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or take them while at work. • I will always complete my Daily Checks and report any damage or defects to my supervisor as soon as possible for rectification using the written defect reporting system. • I will read and follow all guidelines in the Machine manufacturer’s operators manual and the company’s Employee Handbook. • I will maintain standards of driving as directed in the Highway Code, CITB and In-house training manuals. I will act professionally and courteously at all times and drive to prevent accidents. • I will have any accident or injury attended to by a first aider. • I will comply with company requirements for medical referrals as requested for occupational health reasons in a timely manner. • I will report accidents, breakdowns, defects and “near misses” to your supervisor and senior Manager. • I will co-operate fully with all accident and other investigations as required by the company. • Where appropriate I will fuel, park, and remove keys (to be put in key box provided) from my vehicle before leaving the premises at night. • I will always adhere to legislation, submitting completed records to the Company on time. • I will always ensure that my crane, shovel, or any machine or tool that I use in my duties at work is clean inside and out and will act to prevent damage before it occurs. • I will take on training programs as the Company requires. • I understand that there is no ‘finish time’ for the work our customer and business needs come first. Our work and your work will make us happier! I also understand that unreasonable damage to my machine or tools will be investigated and potentially treated as gross misconduct. This in turn can lead to dismissal. Failure to adhere to these agreed pledges may result in my employment being withdrawn. Signed………………………………………….. Date…………………………

Edited by user 16 June 2017 16:10:28(UTC)  | Reason: added pledge text draft

Brian Campbell  
#8 Posted : 20 June 2017 09:12:45(UTC)
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Brian Campbell

Hi Rdot,

We find that having a H&S forum with selected individuals from different departments and contractors is vital in promoting a H&S culture.  We also have staff do an induction annually which hammers home responsibilites of employees especially but also what the company is responsible for.  We use the forum as a platform for the group to also set objectives for each quarter, for example ensuring that house keeping is kept up to standards, or involving staff in active monitoring of slips, trips and fall hazards and reporting these immediately.  Staff need to see these being actioned immediately and praising them for coming forward goes along way, this approached has worked rerally well for us and in the last 3 years we have reduced are accidenst dramatically.  Sometimes its just about engaging with staff who ultimately want to help improve the work place also..

BC

A Kurdziel  
#9 Posted : 20 June 2017 11:24:54(UTC)
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A Kurdziel

There has been a lot of stuff about the influence of managers on the Health and Safety culture in an organisation from people like Tim Marsh. Essentially it boils down to managers actually managing taking the lead at all times.

The manager must demonstrate that they take H&S seriously, not just after an accident but consistently. In that way the message gets back to staff that if they see something that is iffy in H&S terms they can go to their manager and tell them about it with the expectation that something will be done about it.

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DavidGault on 20/06/2017(UTC), JohnW on 22/06/2017(UTC)
ExDeeps  
#10 Posted : 22 June 2017 11:38:52(UTC)
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ExDeeps

It's a problem, and one not easily resolved. You can tell folks in every way possible but they will still need to callibrate their head to what is and is not acceptable and also need support and mentoring to do the right thing. A colleague and I used to talk about the conversation in the safety office that went; knock at door "Sorry to disturb you, you'll never guess what i've just seen at the other side of the building?" followed by a moment of silence whilst trying to think, followed by a distant "AAAAGGGHHHH" CRASH.

It takes time, there are no magic bullets, but when there is an opportunity to immediately act directly with someone who wants to report something you do not get a second chance - drop everything and take that person back to where the problem is and discuss with everyone concerned. Put it off for even a minute and your credability is shot. Get one person on board. Then wait, they'll mention it somewhere, to someone and slowly, slowly the culture curve will start to change shape from a flat line to a small uplift and then at some point start to grow exponentially - but only if you continue to act every time you have an immediate opportunity to take someone to the problem and discuss with everyone,

just my thoughts,

jim

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Kate on 23/06/2017(UTC)
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