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About David Donkin

Experienced ‘Chartered Health and Safety Manager’ with a strong engineering background. Having a track record of success in health and safety, working with the leadership teams at a site level, multiple sites, in the UK, European and Worldwide for two very large global manufacturing organisations, embedding behavioural safety culture change programs and safety management systems. Seeking excellence to identify opportunities to promote a positive H&S culture by gaining the confidence and trust through an open, honest and solution based approach. Harnessing people, processes and financial resources to consistently add value to the organisation.

Develop Safe Behaviours and finding Key Safe Behaviours

Develop Safe Behaviours and finding Key Safe Behaviours:  If we want people to behaviour in a way that prevent injuries and incidents. Would it be a good idea to actually explain what safe behaviours we want them to follow, rather than just do a “Got You” safety observation? Time and effort spent identify the safe behaviours from this list identify the very few critical life saving or key safe behaviours, developing and promoting KSB's can reward a BBS program and provide a hugh opportunity to gain employee involvement and then employee engagement. Develop safe behaviours (SB) and Key safe behaviours (KSB) is relatively straight forward, the process starts with an analysis of all injury accidents in order to establish the root causes of the injuries, be ruthless and narrow this down to the top 10 or 12 and it does not matter if they only apply to specific tasks. Ask the question: “What simple visible behaviour if followed would prevent the injury or incident?” From this list you have your fundamental core of safe behaviours, but make sure you do a sense check and validate them with a test group of employees or involve them in the development. Safe behaviours can be those general safe behaviours that apply across the factory, but again make sure the list short and that the behaviour is a 'Visible Behaviour'. Within the SB list there will a few safe behaviours that lift them selfs from the page, in which if SB was not followed the result would realistically (high probability) result in serious injury or a fatality these are your KEY SAFE BEHAVIOURS. Safety observers now have something to work with, the BBS program has something defined, measurable and therefore manageable. The real [...]

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Safety observation: Friend or Foe

Safety observation: Friend or Foe: A safety observation is a non-confrontational discussion on health and safety based on or around a task that is being observed and the behaviours that are taking place safe or unsafe. The observer need some training on how to undertake safety observations, and will go through any number of key steps, dependant on the situation and familiarity to the person or even team be observed, so let’s not rule out that an observation can be conducted as a group discussion. Fundamentally the observer will be looking to praise the safe behaviours and engage in two communication by discussing the unsafe behaviours and gaining comment to some form of action, sounds easy when you read it, but it takes practice and focus, and you will achieve a natural discussion. A key mistake that observers make is to think they have to be an expert in every task they observe. WRONG! You only need to know when a person is feeding you a load of ****. The onus is on the person doing the task to explain what they are doing safe or otherwise. Step 1: Ask Can we talk about…? Why are you doing…? Can I share concerns? Step 2: Get Commitment To work together To work safely. Step 3: Follow up Make sure they’re working safely Don’t give up! Offer positive feedback. In my opinion Safety Observations should be recorded anonymous and analysed. Start Developing, Communicate and Train on the safe behaviours you want to see adopted, Get the marketing people involved in communicating safe behaviours. An absolute MUST DO by the leadership team is understand the safety observation results, the quantity and quality [...]

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Starting a Behavioural Safety Program

Starting Behavioural Safety Program: These have been very successful on many sites in the UK and this success has been due to a cultural shift in our values, attitude, perception and belief’s around safety issues. I see four key stages in the starting a behavioural safety program Benchmarking the site using Behavioural Safety Climate Survey All employees have an opportunity to take part in the survey questionnaire and voice opinions. Use follow-up interviews to really tease out the issues and safety barriers. Use on site briefing methods should ensure every one’s opinion is sought and establish a return rate of 80 to 90%. Leadership team In my opinion the top-down approach works best for behavioural safety programs and you will struggle with bottom-up approach because of its limited ability to make decisions. The following are key elements of a good safety workshop: Making the managers uncomfortable with current safety performance Gain an understanding of behavioural safety principles, Gaining commitment to act through setting a vision, targets and public declaration Gaining a commitment to a safety observation i.e. non-confrontational discussion on health and safety. Safety Observation The engine of any Behavioural safety program is two-way communication. Developing the technique of holding 1:1 communication in a non-confrontation way is a skill that takes training, coaching and lots of feedback of the results. Aim for a hit rate of 4-5 safety observations per person employed per year. This will give you the critical mass. Do nothing else for 9 month. Yes, you read that right. Don’t underestimate the change the leadership team is undergoing. Get the marketing team on board and sell the sizzle and the highlights. You want to reach a state where the employee thinks the boss has had a [...]

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