Safety Leadership Visits
Promote visible safety leadership and effective safety conversations at site level.
Listen, Learn and Engage
Safety Leadership Visits focus on getting senior leaders to step away from their desk to make regular visits to different worksites to talk directly with the people on the tools about the safety issues that relate directly to them - because strong safety leaders do not rely on assurances from others that all is fine - they go and find out for themselves.
19 executive leaders from 9 Operating Companies and 10 Contract Partner Companies recently went to Gladstone to visit the 3 LNG Plants on Curtis Island. They did this because they wanted to listen to and learn from the people who work on these sites day-in day-out, and to engage directly with them in a meaningful conversation about safety.
To access a suite of useful resources developed for member companies to simply download and use, click on the links below:
Safety Moment Video: SLG Safety Leadership Visit to Curtis Island
Toolbox: 5 Tips for Successful Safety Leadership Visits
Handbook: Safety Leadership Visits Guide
Q: What is a Safety Leadership visit?
Staying informed is an essential part of developing a strong safety culture. So it’s essential that company executive leaders make regular visits to worksites to talk informally with frontline personnel about the safety issues that relate directly to them. Mindful leaders do not rely on assurances from their subordinates that all is fine – they get out there and find out for themselves.
By encouraging leaders of different companies to pair together to do these visits, an additional benefit is that it helps to build a sense of community among member companies and share their experiences to promote industry-wide learning.
Q: Why should I participate in a Safety Leadership visit?
Because it’s essential for senior leaders of any organisation to have a good appreciation of safety issues at the worksite level. Also by participating in a visit, senior leaders have an opportunity to share learning and participate in safety conversations aimed at raising safety standards within the CSG industry.
Q: Why were Safety Leadership Visits developed?
They were developed to promote visible safety leadership and effective safety conversations at site level.
Q: Do I need a specific briefing or guidance to undertake a Safety Leadership visit?
A handbook is available that provides guidance for leaders on how to conduct effective safety leadership visits.
Q: What are the tips to a good safety leadership visit?
It’s important to remember that a safety leadership visit is not an audit. Tips for a good safety leadership visit are:
Q: What have others thought of the Safety Leadership Visits?
A number of leaders have already participated in safety leadership visits. A case study is available here.
Q: How can I share my visit experience with others?
All participants are asked to submit a few photographs of their visit and share insights so that other members can learn from their experiences.
Q: How can I book a paired Safety Leadership Visit?
Contact Safer Together at [email protected]
Q: Can I volunteer to be a paired Safety Leadership Visit host?
Yes, you can be listed as a host with Safer Together. Contact Safer Together at [email protected]
To get involved contact the Safety Leadership Working Group.
Tel: 1300 723 869
Email: [email protected]
Project / Initiative
Safety Leadership Visits – promote visible safety leadership and effective safety conversations at site level.
Staying informed is an essential part of developing a strong safety culture. The leaders in organisations with a strong safety culture step away from focusing only a strategic “helicopter view” and want to know more details about the day-to-day operations.
Provide practical tools that support senior leaders make regular visits to site to talk informally with frontline personnel about the safety issues that relate directly to them, thereby promoting better safety conversations and leadership practices at site level.
Build a sense of community among member companies by encouraging them to pair up to conduct Safety Leadership Visits and share their experiences to promote industry-wide learning.
The Working Group has developed a Handbook for member companies of Safer Together that provides guidance for managers on how to conduct effective safety visits, including tips for holding effective safety conversations.
Representatives of the Safety Leadership Working Group have paired together to pilot a programme of Safety Leadership Visits. The Visits enabled senior executives to go out on a range of different worksites and facilities to engage directly in safety conversations with the on-site workforce.
Paired Safety Leadership Visits - FKG Group and Arrow Energy (June 2016)
Paired Safety Leadership Visits - AECOM and ConocoPhillips (June 2016)
Based on the positive feedback shared by the first companies to participate in the pilot, the paired Visits concept has been extended to all Safer Together Members.
- Develop a mechanism to promote Visits and collect feedback.