Today I’m joined by Naomi Kemp, who wears a few hats including a risk manager, expert advisor on enforceable undertakings, speaker and board member of the Safety Institute of Australia.
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Naomi Kemp will be speaking at the 2018 Safetyscape convention, part of the new events offering from the Safety Institute of Australia on from the 22nd to 24th of May in Melbourne. The inaugural #SAFETYSCAPE Convention will enable an array of organisations to assemble as the largest gathering of Health & Safety Industry professionals across a program of events, workshops, forums and the Safety Institute of Australia’s own two day National Health & Safety Conference: In Practice along with the Workplace Health & Safety Show. But don’t forget, as I’ve been saying for a while – most of your learning and in turn performance will come from social and experiential learning – so whilst the knowledge you will gain will be great, it’s even better to meet new peers and strengthen relationships with your network, share stories and reflections from your own experience.
Visit safetyscape.com.au to find out more and get your ticket.
Here we go:
I reckon I’ve forgotten in previous episodes to tell you that alongside wonderful people like Naomi, and previous guests Darren and Mykel, I’ll also be speaking at the National Health and Safety Conference in May 2018 in Melbourne – I’ll be breaking the mould of traditional conference presentations to engage you in 19 things from outside health and safety which will help you improve your effectiveness. I’ll be there to share, it would be great to meet you there too.
Here’s my two takeaways from that chat with Naomi Kemp:
Takeaway #1: Do you suffer a bit of professional blindness like I do? Are things like general hygiene and sickness things that don’t make much of a blip on your radar? Or maybe you have the inverse challenge, like agonising over which brand of sanitiser to select, when there are bigger fish to fry in your risk profile? I don’t have an answer for you – but a worthy reflection for us each individually to realise and manage our own biases, our own limitations, and how we manage those things. For this first time in my career this past week I provided a client with a report which included a discussion about bias, and what I had done proactively to manage these in the work I was doing. Not perfect, but a healthy discussion which they valued a lot.
Takeaway #2: We are all informed by philosophy. Health and safety in the current legal philosophy is largely retributive, so I’m not surprised that many of us and our organisations default to retributive approaches – what went wrong, who is to blame, and what is the publishment. An alternative philosophy is restorative – who has been wronged or harmed, how can we help them, and how can we restore relationships and trust? You don’t need to change much to start to be more restorative – you can do it starting today in the language you use when talking about incidents. You can be a stealthy restorative justice advocate, and gradually, subtly lead change. Check out some links below for resources I’ve found helpful to do this:
Just Culture Overview from Sidney Dekker (along with references to a number of his books on the topic)
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Until next time, what’s the one thing you’ll do to take positive, effective or rewarding action, to grow yourself, and drastically improve health and safety along the way. Seeya!