The Future of Safety
As the global community becomes smaller, large projects are experiencing unprecedented changes that have major implications for safety. Projects are now managing complexity on a new scale. We are delivering increasingly more complex and ambitious projects. We are delivering projects in regions of the world that were largely unchartered territory 20-years ago. In the current environment we are seeing a collision between the need to deliver projects in a tight market and manage differences in contractor safety maturity, cultural diversity, and variations in worker skills. The old ways of managing these dynamics through contracts and auditing are falling short. Many companies lack the culture and tools they need to engage workers, align contractor safety maturity and track their performance using leading indicators.
The opportunity exists to think differently about safety. The questions is ‘how can projects succeed in maturing their safety approaches by measuring ‘safety’ instead of ‘un-safety’?
In order to manage this complexity, we need new tools that accommodate the dynamic nature of projects. Tools that allow us to have visibility over safety issues as they arise and before they become issues. This requires a shift in the way we see, measure and manage safety. As we see increasing technological advancements in our projects it’s time safety caught up by leveraging technology to help align projects safety.
Culture versus Climate
Culture is persistent, pervasive, largely intangible and mostly invisible. Culture is an important part of safety performance, but it is created over time and is very difficult to change.
Climate on the other hand describes dimensions of the work environment that can be measured with precision and is influenced by day-to-day actions that reward desired behaviours.
Safety climate is the perceived value placed on safety in an organisation at a particular point in time. These perceptions and beliefs can be influenced by the attitudes, values, opinions and actions of other workers in an organisation, and can change with time and circumstance.
A positive safety climate improves production, reduces compensation and insurance costs and can also:
Enhance employee safety knowledge and their motivation to behave safely
Increase the uptake of safety related policies and programs
Improve employee perception of more support available from management
Reduce employees’ exposure to hazards in the environment
Reduce the number of incidents by employees and workgroups
Multi-Level Safety Climate
The Safety PULSE system measures multi-level safety climate perceptions across four dimensions – Lead-People-Practices-Environment:
Leadership and management commitment to safety sets the safety climate of an organisation. Leaders create a climate that supports safety on the ground. Both senior leader and team leaders are key influencers of worker safety climate perceptions.
People working in the organisation have a reinforcing influence on site safety climate perceptions. When supported, workers have a voice, are empowered and actively participate in safety initiatives.
Practices, procedures and polices are an essential part of a strong safety climate. Useful, fit for purpose practices enable and support safe work. Communication, training and safety systems play an important role in fostering a strong safety climate.
Environment The management of risk in the physical environment and provision of fit for purpose and well maintained equipment are key aspects of a strong safety climate
Why Safety PULSING works
The safety PULSE provides lead indicator data on how your project is performing.
The safety PULSE empowers teams across projects and have regular data-based conversations to enable them make adjustments to their teams’ safety climate to keep them in the sweet spot of performance.
Leaders can monitor the leading indicators of their teams across a project to target resources and assistance where it is needed most.
The safety PULSE goes beyond just surveys and data. It provides a defined and measurable process for building highly effective safety climates. It works by tracking four domains that drive engagement and safety performance: 1. Leadership 2. People 3. Practices and 4. Environment.