Guidance for the beginning OHS professional

Guidance for the beginning OHS professional

Our most prolific Guest Writer, George Robotham, is writing a book and would appreciate some input

Update: Sadly George passed away very suddenly in Sept 2013 – he finished his book and it has become an incredible legacy – GET A COPY HERE

I have set myself the task of writing a book in 2013 with a title something like the above. Some of you may have seen my earlier attempt on this blog a month or so back. My aim is to rework and build on this earlier publication. I am going to try to make the book easy to read and grounded in practice

Some of the topics I intend to cover include-

  1. George’s learning from practice
  2. Class 1 personal damage
  3. industry taxonomies
  4. Safety management systems
  5. Tool box meetings
  6. Writing policy and procedures
  7. Safety culture
  8. Zero harm
  9. Behaviour based safety
  10. Emergency management
  11. Safety leadership
  12. Accident investigation
  13. Auditing
  14. Tertiary OHS education
  15. Effective learning.
  16. Mentoring
  17. Teambuilding
  18. Communications skills
  19. Interpersonal skills.
  20. Force-field analysis and other group problem solving techniques
  21. Management of organisational change

I would appreciate it if you could advise of your thoughts on my suggested topics and any other topics you would like to see included. For those of you who have been down a similar path you might like to give me some tips.

 

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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