- January 31, 2019
- Posted by: Sage Shield Safety Consultants
- Category: Overseas Occupational Health And Safety News
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As my time at London Luton Airport wanes, I’m going to attempt to sum up the journey from a conventional technique into embracing a brand-new focus based on the safety in a different way framework. When I initially began at Luton, there was lots of work to be done. After initial evaluation, a new management system was produced and security started to enhance. Indicators at the time were 30 LTI’s a year and 20 RIDDOR’s. OHSAS18001 was awarded in 2013 which was a substantial accomplishment at the time thinking about where we had originated from. It was mostly conventional methods that achieved this and gave some consistency to provide a springboard for our next journey. It was 2016 when the service first bottomed out at no for RIDDOR’s and LTI’s, when another Senior Manager commented that it was ‘pipe and slippers’ time, as we ‘d split it and there was nothing delegated do! I felt like I was hardly beginning, but I knew deep down (due to my high level sports career) that there should be something out there that might still take us further. I constantly asked myself the concern ‘are we actually safe?’ and does the lack of accidents truly mean we are eventually safe? I felt an aura of lack of exercise for learning as numbers were so low.
This was even more magnified when I saw Albert Einstein’s quote on insanity: ‘doing something over and over again and expecting various results‘. I started challenging myself and my beliefs in addition to speaking to a wide array of people within the market which only heightened my yearning for another technique or focus. One day I heard Rapid Eye Movement– Losing My Faith on the radio and believed ‘that’s me with safety’. It was simply after this point that I consulted with some really inspiring individuals, first Daniel Hummerdal, then John Green and lastly Sidney Dekker.
It was after a masterclass and a lot of discussions with Daniel that I knew I was going to try my analysis of safety differently, however that all so popular question existed– Where do you begin? Here goes … … Selling the brand-new method was first up, I satisfied with my manager Nick Barton, the CEO who listened intently and questioned rigorously. I think the main penny drop minute for the majority of is when asked the following question: Is it progressive for a company to only discover after an unfavorable outcome event? Following this conversation, I would routinely challenge in conferences about not concentrating on negatives and gaining from effective results, empowerment and innovation. The seeds were starting to plant! I desired to plant these seeds before going live to business.
If we were to successfully decentralise, devolve and declutter, there was some extra work to be done. If I was to ask workers to self handle risk then I had to guarantee that everybody had a base level of vibrant risk management abilities. This is where I engaged with Justin Hughes from Mission Excellence who utilized abilities established as a fighter pilot and Red Arrows pilot to present some dynamic risk management under pressure training. I had to build trust in my group so we were considered as ‘enablers’ and not ‘constrainers’. This lead me to changing the behaviours of my group and renaming them ‘HSE Coaches’ with the sole intention of coaching, mentoring, developing and helping with. In numerous locations it is habitual to blame the individual associated with any mishap or occurrence without looking much deeper for the chauffeurs which affected that person’s strategy. This is where you normally find the real root cause, which is frequently an organisational failure. Typically safety people seek to ‘find and correct’ however I tried to re-programme the coaches to view variation as an insight instead. Follow 3 basic words when seeing variation … … Ask, listen and understand. The outcome was a success, with the coaches saw more favorably and trust being constructed.
I began the present in our Cargo Centre by providing on the broad principles of safety differently which progressed on to appreciative investigations and then going out and doing some with the group. In our very first batch, we discovered some fantastic finds with operatives being endangered and not working to the agreed safe systems as they stated it was not possible to do so. This specific situation was the transportation of caskets in a confined trailer. The operative would require to climb in beside and utilize finger tips to move the casket so that the other operatives might manoeuvre the casket out at the other end. The result of this is a redesigned trailer (by the operatives) which is totally suitable for purpose. The Cargo staff said that the only method historically that this would have been solved, would have been if there was a mishap or event, and this would have probably resulted in somebody being disciplined. From this point the Cargo personnel were really passionate when seeing the benefits of proactively taking a look at their jobs, most notably with their input as the expert.
Another intriguing discover was when a work as pictured vs work as done evaluation was undertaken. This job involved the decanting of large cargo pallets to split the loads and reallocate to other loads. This involves making use of a reducing work platform. We had to do with 10 minutes in when among the operatives asked if we might stop. I asked why and he stated ‘we do not even do it like this’. I asked why and he said they do it off the flooring as there is a fall from height risk on the platform which can not be secured without impacting the operation of the platform. We talked through the real ‘work as done’ and concurred that this approach had various threats but no greater than the work as thought of method. A brand-new safe system of work was established and carried out only for a different group to say they chose the original method. I then decided to empower the team to carry out the job in either of the concurred approaches as they are the specialist and are skilled adequate to select how they carry out that job. This was our very first dual system job at the airport which is working extremely well.
When approaching the very first revision of the H&S policy, I only subtlety introduced a few of the theories as I did not want to bombard the workforce with another ‘management fad’, which they felt might vanish in time. I did this so, when I produced the 2nd more specified policy, individuals would look and think ‘we currently do a great deal of that’. This proved to be a fantastic success. I have actually simply prepared version 3, which I would state is almost the ended up short article. When defining these policies I required to come up with a strap line which people might connect with, so we opted for: ‘”Security is not about the absence accidents, it’s the presence of trust, ownership, engagement and positives”. This fits in with our belief that the currency of safety is ‘details’ (Thanks Ivan Pupulidy) and that there are many things that can impact the circulation of info, that’s why we value ourselves on ensuring that ‘details’ is as truthful and complimentary streaming as possible within all levels of the organisation.
Another area that needed to be changed was our KPI’s. Historically they were all negative results such as RIDDOR’s, LTI’s and number of mishaps etc, so in year one we agreed to split these 50/50 and year two went 100% favorable outcome. I generally create this from the output of the worker survey as I ask particular concerns to determine what is essential to the workers and then design appropriate KPI’s from the feedback. Before you believe it … … I still understand how many negative events there have actually been, I just do not tell the workers how badly they are doing as it doesn’t actually provide inspiration.
One of the biggest obstacles to conquer was transitioning from the practice of habitually blaming the person when anything occurred, as do a lot of companies that I have actually encountered. If I had a pound for each time I have actually heard ‘if only they had actually followed the safe system of work’ I ‘d be an abundant man! How about believing along the lines of ‘who in fact concerns work with the intent of getting hurt?’ How about another deeper cause that it could be an organisational failure? Have we stopped working the person organisationally which drives and influences the individual to make a decision to get the task done? This might be operational pressure, bonus offer related, target related, lack of resource, unreliable process/procedures or inaccurate equipment etc. I needed to make it possible for people to learn differently by not leaping to conclusions, talking to the frontline employees without a ‘identify and correct’ or blame mentality. I required them to view variation as an insight and then let it be explained totally by following the ‘ask, listen understand’ methodology. In this manner the real specialist was giving their perceptions and reasoning of how they manage threat and the factors why. We might likewise gain from positives by undertaking work as envisioned vs work as done evaluations, pleased examinations and learning evaluations which significantly contributed to becoming a learning culture from a blame culture. This likewise helped in developing trust at all levels as the fear of retribution was slowly decreasing by us following Sidney Dekker’s restorative simply culture design for all health and wellness events.
Workers at all levels have delighted in the empowerment, trust and autonomy afforded to them and ability to utilize their natural threat management skills whilst carrying out jobs that they are the expert in. There is no worry of retribution when one of the coaches are present as it’s constantly useful discussion instead of telling them that they are doing something incorrect or telling them how to do their task. Administration has been rationalised in some areas so just what is required exists.
Lots of effect has been made just by the pure usage of language as certain words carry preconception. Here are some the changes: Advisors to Coaches, Mishap to finding out occasion, mishap investigation to learning evaluation and audits to continuous enhancement chance.
One addition that has had a terrific impact is that when undertaking a traditional mishap investigation (learning evaluation here) a work as imagined vs work as done is carried out with different other operatives to comprehend if what the hurt person was doing was typical practice across the board or a separated occurrence. This has to date supplied some fantastic learning chances that would probably not been determined if this workout was not contributed to the learning review.
One concern that I’m always inquired about this approach is ‘what does the regulator think?’ I can honestly say that every regulator that I have actually discussed this with has actually been extremely helpful, as much to popular belief we don’t just state ‘fracture on young boys and make it up as you go along’ and ‘we are not bothered about smaller sized accidents and injuries’. We are still completely compliant with regulatory standards and requirements, we just set about meeting that compliance from a different perspective. We are not compulsive about constant audits and evaluations to discover fault, we examine typical work to identify collaborative improvement which fulfills those requirements. Regulators have actually revealed that they are helpful of this method as it takes partnership and engagement to another level by using the skills and knowledge of the professionals who in fact perform the function.
I was likewise challenged by many who said it was impossible to get the brand-new ISO45001 standard using the safety in a different way model. I am really delighted to say that in October of 2018, we were suggested for accreditation with absolutely no non conformity actions raised versus us. To our understanding, this makes us the very first UK Airport Operator to attain the standard and among the first services worldwide to get the standard utilizing this model.
Below becomes part of the feedback in our report:
A favorable method to health and wellness is plainly ingrained within the company this was shown across all levels and functions. Partnership of information gone over with the leadership team verified this.
There is a distinct viewpoint of “Safety Differently” that is led from the top and cascaded throughout the organisation. The approach that gives individuals autonomy, trusting their staff, listening to them and engaging with them.
The business are achieving their tactical objective of running LLA in a proactive, favorable, safe and responsible way.
Positive findings from this visit include:
The business have actually completely evaluated their management system to fulfill the requirements of ISO45001:2018, this has actually gone through complete assessment throughout this go to and is validated as meeting the requirements of the standard.
As my time at London Luton Airport draws to a close, I’m tremendously proud of the journey the airport is now on. I thank my group, all staff members and previous CEO Nick Barton for having the trust and belief in me to take H&S in another direction.
I have actually tried to keep this paper relevant to answer the question of how to do it, however if I included everything it would turn into a short novel, so ideally it’s provided you some direction and tips in the right direction. I’ll be moving into the rail market to reproduce this approach in the New Year and will be open to sharing my next journey.