Safety Culture – Is it Measurable?

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David Shelbach, Global Manager SH&E, Ixom, David Bond, General Manager Health Safety & Security, Thiess, Tim Fleming, General Manager HSE, Laing O’Rourke and David Ninnes, Group Head of Health, Safety & Wellbeing, Westpac provided the Keynote Discussion, “Safety Culture – Is it Measurable?” at today’s OHS Leaders Summit.

Culture, often accepted as “the way we do things around here”. But when it comes to safety culture, is it something an organisation has, what the organisation is, what the organisation does, or why the organisation is the way it is? As organisations grapple with moving away from lagging indicators and look for reliable leading or positive performing indicators, does safety culture measurement offer an opportunity?

 

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David Bond was appointed Thiess’ General Manager, Health, Safety & Security in 2011. He has been instrumental in shifting Thiess’ strategic focus from lag to lead indicators, resulting in year-on-year improvements in safety performance. Prior to joining Thiess, he held executive roles in organisations such as Downer Engineering and Transfield Services. Across more than 15 years, David has been a health & safety leader for large international organisations in mining, minerals processing, oil & gas, manufacturing, services, transport and facilities management operations. He is skilled at deploying best practice programs in diverse cultural contexts, from Australia and North America to Asia and India to the Middle East. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Health and Environment) and a Graduate Certificate in International Business and is a Vincent Fairfax Fellow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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David Schelbach is Global Manager – Safety, Health & Environment at IXOM. His remit spans corporate strategy and policy through to front line SH&E program deployment.

He began his career as a chemical engineer and now has 15 years industry experience, all of it with Orica. The first seven years were dedicated to large scale petrochemical manufacturing, technology management and process safety.

David has spent the majority of his career working for Orica in North America, with his most senior role being Vice President of Sustainability, before returning to Australia 2011, as the Global General Manager for SH&E for Orica’s Ground support business, and ultimately subsequently General Manager Safety and Health for Orica globally.

David’s passion is to look at safety differently, acknowledge complexity and look for answers to how we make more things go right, rather than less things go wrong.

 

 

 

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David Ninnes is responsible for leading the Group in the pursuit of achieving the Group’s ambition of ‘providing an environment for our people that will enrich their health, safety & wellbeing for the whole of their lives’.

David joined Westpac Group in June 2014, having previously been responsible for Risk Management for InterContinental Hotels Group David’s professional experience spans 18 years with a passion for leadership coaching and developing people. David demonstrates this passion as a lecturer for the Governance Institute of Australia and Southern Cross University, board membership of a not-for-profit organisation and is an advisor to regulatory agencies in matters relating to safety and risk management. As a trained physiologist, David has a Bachelor of Applied science and MBA from which he draws technical expertise and commercial awareness.

 

 

 

 

 

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Tim Fleming is currently General Manager – HSE Australasia and has previously held senior safety leadership roles at Baulderstone and John Holland. His career spans 25 years across mining, construction and emergency services.

Kelvin Genn, Director of Risk and Service Delivery Support, Cater Care Group Speaks on Disruptive Safety

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Kelvin Genn, Director of Risk and Service Delivery Support, Cater Care Group Disruptive Safety provided the Keynote Presentation, “Disruptive Safety,” speaking on the pertinence of re-defining the way that work, particularly workplace health & safety is done.

Disruptive safety is a aligned with Safety II, however, it takes a more radical view of change that needs to be engaged with. The biggest issue facing safety today is that it represents barriers to in innovation and improvement. The disruptive model reconnects safety as an innovation and business success driver through the tools and strategies of disruption.

 

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Kelvin currently holds a board position with the Cater Care Group as the Director of Risk and Service Delivery Support, Board Member for the Food Safety Information Council, and Board Member for Art of Work. He is also a committee member with the Safety Institute of Australia.

Most recently, Kelvin was working for Sinclair Knight Merz as the Global General Manager for Safety and Wellness to deliver an international leading program for health safety environment and community (HSEC) in the engineering and project management business.

He have worked with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care to develop the national accreditation system for all health care providers across Australia. And has also worked with the UK National Health Service Institute for Innovation and Improvement to deliver the Productive Leader and Productive Ward programs in Australia and New Zealand.

Formerly, he was the Director of Clinical Quality and Safety for NSW Health, responsible for leading the development and implementation of the state-wide clinical quality and patient safety framework standards guidelines, and indicators to improve clinical health care safety and quality for patients of NSW the public health system where he was responsible for shaping the state and national agendas for clinical health care safety and quality through provision of expert advice to the NSW Health Management Board and the NSW Minister of Health; and by representing the views and interests of NSW Health in state and national forums.

He is a strategic systems thinker with experience in Human Factors and organizational re-engineering. He developed his systems thinking approach working in the military aviation environment for 10 years for the Royal Australian Air Force. Following this, for 10 years, Kelvin led a systems and risk management program across Asia Pacific and Europe with Compass Group Plc, the world’s largest support service company.

 

Safety Differently; Fact or Fiction – The Zero Harm Debate

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David Shelbach (left), Kurt Warren (center), Mark McKenna (right)

 

Mark McKenna, Vice President HSSE, QGC – a BG Group, Kurt Warren, Head of HSE – Southern Region, Laing O’Rourke and David Shelbach, Global Manager SH&E, Ixom provided the Keynote Panel Discussion, “Safety Differently; Fact or Fiction?” opening debate around Zero Harm.

Mission Zero has been a long-standing focus for many companies, working successfully for some and not for others. During this discussion, the three esteemed WHS panelists shared their intake on the Zero Harm debate while providing insight on additional ways of doing safety differently and if there is merit in moving away from a solid targeted goal.

 

daveschelDavid Schelbach is Global Manager – Safety, Health & Environment at IXOM. His remit spans corporate strategy and policy through to front line SH&E program deployment.

He began his career as a chemical engineer and now has 15 years industry experience, all of it with Orica. The first seven years were dedicated to large scale petrochemical manufacturing, technology management and process safety.

David has spent the majority of his career working for Orica in North America, with his most senior role being Vice President of Sustainability, before returning to Australia 2011, as the Global General Manager for SH&E for Orica’s Ground support business, and ultimately subsequently General Manager Safety and Health for Orica globally.

David’s passion is to look at safety differently, acknowledge complexity and look for answers to how we make more things go right, rather than less things go wrong.

 

 

 

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Mark McKenna has worked for 17 years in the Oil & Gas industry. He started off in 1999 working on drilling rigs as drill crew in the North Sea, UK, Norway, Denmark and Africa before spending some time in HR based in Aberdeen with a drilling contractor.

In 2003 he became an HSSE Advisor based in Denmark before joining the BG Group in 2005. He was well team leader for HSSE until 2009 when he became Safety Manager for the UK and then overall HSSE manager in the same year.

In 2012 he moved to Brisbane as Head of Safety before taking up the Vice President of HSSE role in 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Highly accomplished, insightful & business focused Occupational Health, Safety & Environment executive offering over 15 years experience working within a range of safety leadership roles across multiple complex industries including Engineering, Nuclear, Aviation, Defence, Electricity, Water and Construction. Driving occupational safety through holistic strategy, innovation and leadership. An energetic and influential leader, with an impressive history of delivering tailored customer centric advice, management and results in organisational risk management.

Jetstar – A Working Case Study Of A Companywide Implementation Of A Mental Health Strategy

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David Hall, CEO, Jetstar Australia & New Zealand joined Georgie Harman, CEO, beyondblue on the stage at the 5th Annual OHS Leaders Summit to discuss: “A Working Case Study Of A Companywide Implementation Of A Mental Health Strategy.”

After attending the launch of Heads Up in Melbourne, June 2014, David Hall was immediately keen to implement Heads Up at Jetstar, to make Jetstar the most mentally healthy workplace it could be. David acknowledged that, whilst Jetstar had had various programs in place over the years to promote staff wellbeing, before Heads Up Jetstar did not have an overarching workplace mental health strategy. During this discussion, Georgie interviewed David about the experience of implementing Heads Up at Jetstar, asking David to share his learnings with the audience – how did Jetstar get started, what has gone well, what lessons have been learnt along the way and what the impact of Jetstar’s mental health strategy been for the business and staff. This conversation provided practical insights into a real life implementation of Heads Up in a complex organisation.

 

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David was appointed CEO Jetstar Australia and New Zealand in August 2010.Previously, in addition to the technology portfolio, David was head of Group Strategy responsible for Qantas’ overall strategic direction; the Group’s transformation program (QFuture) and had responsibility for the coordination of activities between the Office of the CEO, group executives and business portfolios.David has been with Qantas Group since 2005 after initially joining as Jetstar Airways’ Chief Financial Officer.Before joining the aviation industry, David enjoyed an extensive finance career in public practice, banking and mining.David has held senior finance positions in Rio Tinto (Melbourne and London), National Australia Bank, ANZ Banking Group Limited and WMC Resources Limited.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Georgie Harman was appointed CEO of beyondblue in May 2014.

Previously, Georgie was Deputy CEO at the National Mental Health Commission, and from 2006-2012, worked at the Commonwealth Department of Health where she had national responsibility for Australian mental health, suicide prevention and substance misuse policy and programs.

From 2003-2006 she was a member of the executive team at the Northern Territory Department of Health and Community Services.

Ms Harman has also worked in the community sector and in private enterprise. She came to Australia in 1999 to be the inaugural Executive Director for the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation in Sydney – Australia’s first and largest independent HIV/AIDS charity.

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