23 Keys to Success for Safety People

George’s Safety Reflections – read a whole lot more HERE

Many OHS professionals think they can be successful with technical skills alone, the reality is that a broad range of additional skills are required.

Key Success Factors

  1. Develop objectives and goals for what you do, if you do not know where you want to go you cannot go there
  2. Produce and expect succinct documentation
  3. Have huge but realistic goals
  4. Do the simplest thing that will work
  5. Remember the 7 P rule-Prior Preparation and Planning Prevents Piss-Poor Performance.
  6. Celebrate success
  7. Ask for and give regular feedback
  8. Identify and separate customer needs from wants
  9. Use face to face communication whenever possible
  10. Use real world approaches not theory
  11. Get some runs on the board quickly
  12. Do what gives you the biggest bang for your buck
  13. It is often the relationships you build not your technical skills that ensures success
  14. Keep promises
  15. Know your people and be gentle with them, treat others with respect
  16. Carefully define the scope of any project you take on
  17. COMMUNICATE, COMMUNICATE, COMMUNICATE in a way that inspires
  18. Use a continuous improvement / quality management approach
  19. Give something free
  20. Communicate your expectations
  21. Do not take yourself too seriously and enjoy what you do
  22. Every now and again do something really silly
  23. Strategic approaches are important but make sure you spend enough time in the field that you do not lose contact with the everyday reality of how the business is managed
  24. Be on time for meetings and appointments. It shows your commitment to others.

PS: I know there are 24 but one of our readers suggested another one that we had to add

For a fuller exploration of this topic refer to Key Success Factors on ohschange.com.au

George Robotham

George Robotham

George was a Legend in the Safety World who passed away in Sept 2013 but left us with a great legacy
George Robotham
I have worked in OHS for most of my working life, many years in the mining industry including over 10 years in a corporate OHS role with BHP. Since leaving the mining industry I have worked in a variety of safety roles with a variety of employers, large & small, in a variety of industries. I was associated with my first workplace fatality at age 21, the girl involved was young, intelligent, vivacious and friendly. Such a waste! I was the first on the scene and tried to comfort her and tend to her injuries. She said to me “George, please do not let me die” We put her on the aerial ambulance to Rockhampton base hospital where she died the next day. I do not mind telling you that knocked me around for awhile. Since then I have helped my employers cope with the aftermath of 12 fatalities and 2 other life-altering events. The section "Why do Occupational Health & Safety" provides further detail but in summary, poor safety is simply very expensive and also has a massive humanitarian cost. My qualifications include a certificate I.V. in Workplace Training and Assessment, a Diploma in Frontline Management, a Diploma in Training & Assessment Systems, a Bachelor of Education (Adult & Workplace Education) , a Grad. Cert. in Management of Organisational Change and a Graduate Diploma in Occupational Hazard Management. I am currently studying towards a Masters in Business Leadership. Up until recently I had been a Chartered Fellow of the Safety Institute of Australia for 10 years and a member for about 30 years. My interest is in non-traditional methods of driving organisational change in OHS and I have what I believe is a healthy dis-respect for many common approaches to OHS Management and OHS Training. I hold what I believe is a well-founded perception that many of the things safety people and management do in safety are “displacement activities” (Displacement activities are things we do, things we put a lot of energy into, but which when we examine them closely there is no valid reason for doing them). My managerial and leadership roles in OHS have exposed me to a range of management techniques that are relevant to Business Improvement. In particular I am a strong supporter of continuous improvement and quality management approaches to business. I believe leadership is the often forgotten key to excellence in most aspects of life. I hold the Australian Defence Medal and am a J.P.(Qualified). I have many fond memories of my time playing Rugby Union when I was a young bloke.

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