Author: Doug Wright

Safety Leadership: Health and safety in culturally and linguistically diverse workplaces

Workplace health and safety practices have come a long way in recent times, and most modern workplaces have a clear understanding that putting health and safety procedures into practice requires much more than simply meeting the minimum requirements of a compliance checklist. Everyone knows that effective communication is crucial, but that doesn’t always mean that effective communication is practised.   I have written in the past about the importance of safety leaders, and would like to take some time to look at the vital role these safety leaders play when it comes to imparting messages of health and safety...

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SAFETY AND ATTITUDE (PART 3) Developing a Positive Safety Attitude

In Part 2 of this series, “Mentoring for Positive Safety Attitudes”, I wrote about the valuable contribution of experienced workers when it comes to mentoring newer workers. So, does that mean that only the workers who have “been around the block a few times” can show effective safety leadership? Of course not.   It’s important to understand that communicating, co-operating, and leading, are skills that can be developed. We’re not born with those skills, although we may have acquired a basic understanding of working with others from childhood. As with everything, we go through an awkward learning stage while...

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SAFETY AND ATTITUDE (PART 2) Mentoring for Positive Safety Attitudes

When fostering a culture of safety mentorship, the attitudes of experienced employees become all-important. Older workers score high with leadership abilities, detail-oriented tasks, organisation, listening, writing skills, and problem-solving. Their greatest asset is experience, or their workplace wisdom. They’ve learned how to get along with people, solve problems without drama and call for help when necessary. They know where to focus their efforts to deal with unexpected problems and so prevent costly mistakes and accidents.   These skills make them invaluable as demonstrators of good work attitudes. They model desirable behaviours and follow the rules. It’s a no-brainer to...

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SAFETY AND ATTITUDE (PART 1) Recognising Your Safety Attitude

A workplace safety attitude refers to an employee’s tendency to respond positively or negatively towards a safety goal, idea, plan, procedure, prevention or situation. It’s a fact that your work attitude not only affects how well you do your job, but also affects how safe you are when you’re doing it. Attitude could be described as the spark that drives your behaviour.   Your attitudes are made up of: Emotions or feelings which are driven by your mental state at any particular time Your beliefs or opinions derived from your faith or upbringing Your inclination (or not!) for action,...

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This article originally published by INX Software, 16 March 2018.   By Doug Wright   Most of us spend the major part of our lives either away at work or in our homes. We like to think we’re safe in those familiar environments and we seldom spare a thought for anything within them that could affect our health and wellbeing.   When we hear the words ‘health and safety’, the usual visions that spring to mind are people falling off ladders, repetitive strain injuries, collapsing scaffolding and the like. We’re less likely to think about stress and the potential damage...

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