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Safety Leadership Behaviours During Site Visits

Graham Marshall - Monday, July 11, 2011

Senior Management site visits are now routinely accepted as a defining characteristic found in organizations with a more mature safety culture.

In fact, the concept of “time-in-field” has become such an established aspect of performance arrangements that Senior Managers are now measured against it and visits are now frequently a HSE key performance indicator. 

Given the generally positive assumptions surrounding time-in-field safety initiatives, today's blog identifies eight key actions that Leaders actually need to be doing to demonstrate HSE leadership.

The key actions are listed below:

  • Schedule the required time for the site visit and stick to your commitment;
  • Agree the agenda for the visit with site management and the HSE team;
  • Plan to have at least a 50:50 split between discussions with the site management team and site "walk-arounds";
  • 75:25 office to "on-site" time is an even better mix;
  • Allow sufficient time for the visit and where possible, stay overnight.  This will allow for more "informal" observation of the general HSE culture on site;
  • Ensure you arrive with the necessary PPE;
  • Ensure you complete any necessary pre-trip planning and applicable inductions; and
  • Demonstrate HSE commitment by applying safe journey management controls.

Below you will find a link to a little more information on lessons the Leaders can learn about site visits.


To review a copy of the presentation, please click here.

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