March saw the second in our 2022 series of 45 minute ‘Lunch & Learn’ Events. Hosted in Brisbane with a face-to-face audience and also live-streamed to online participants, representatives from Origin Energy, ConocoPhillips and Pro-Test Well Services introduced a suite of eLearn tools that collectively comprise the 3 key components of the Leading a Safe Culture Initiative. 

Leading a Safe Culture (LASC) is a Sharing Initiative comprising 3 products that work both individually and also as a collective package to help make meaningful improvements in workplace safety culture. Each component of LASC has its own eLearn tool to facilitate adoption and implementation in the workplace.

Tim Dabrowski (Executive Director, Pro-Test Well Services) opened the Event by showing attendees a brief video that explains the 3 components of LASC, its goals and just how and why Member Companies should go about implementing it in the workplace.

Richard Duffy (Chief Operating Officer, Pro-Test Well Services), then introduced the first of the 3 tools - ‘Effective Safety Conversations’, which covers the different types of safety conversations, developing skills in giving and receiving feedback, and what it takes to have a good safety conversation. Richard also stepped through his company’s deployment story (how they found out about the tool, how they went about implementing it and what they learnt), including sharing with participants a great case study video developed by the Pro-Test team.

Next up, Andrew Kair (Causal Learning Lead – Risk, Assurance, Compliance and Process Safety, Origin Energy) introduced the second tool - ‘5 Whys’. This is a simple but powerful tool to improve the quality of incident investigations, allowing users to dissect a problem and reveal its underlying causes quickly.  If used effectively, it can improve incident investigations and assist in the improvement of work practices, operational procedures, and workplace safety culture.

And finally, Carl Gibson (Training and Competency Supervisor, ConocoPhillips Australia) introduced the third tool - ‘SMART Actions’, a tool for addressing the root causes of incidents through effective application of the Hierarchy of Control. It’s not uncommon for a workplace incident to reoccur, with the same type of incident repeated. Recurrent incidents are often symptoms of deeper issues. "Quick fixes" may seem convenient at the time, but they often address only the surface issues and don’t tackle the real cause.  ‘SMART Actions’ address the root cause of incident recurrence by taking the insights, learnings and understanding of the root cause of incidents and develops actions leading to robust and sustainable controls to ensure these incidents don’t happen again.

To wrap up the event, Andrew Deering (The Deering Group) facilitated a Question & Answer session and in closing commented “This is material that has been developed to help you do these activities better. It’s something that is available to you, it doesn’t cost you anything beyond being a member of Safer Together, and it’s all there. The package is built for you to simply pick it up and implement it”.

We would like to thank all the presenters and facilitators for their time, enthusiasm and commitment and also our Event Sponsor, Origin Energy, without whom the Event would not have been so successful.

Watch the full recording of the ‘Leading a Safe Culture ‘Lunch and Learn’ Event.

If you have any further questions about ‘Leading a Safe Culture’, ‘Effective Safety Conversations’, ‘5 Whys’ or ‘SMART Actions’ email:  [email protected]

Safer Together will run at least another 3 ‘Lunch & Learn’ Events in 2022. To register your interest to receive an invitation for any of the Events listed below, email with ‘please include me on the ‘Lunch and Learn invite list’:  [email protected]:

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Fri 29 Jul         Helicopter Passenger Safety Equipment Specification

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Date TBC         HSE Focal Points Engagement

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