Leaders2Leaders: Health & Safety Leaders Are Changing Business for Good

Health and Safety Leaders Improving Business

Episode 7 of the Leaders2Leaders video series focuses on how health and safety leaders can get other parts of the business on-side and encourages them to be vocal evangelists of the HSE message. 

Health & Safety is changing. It is now more complex and dynamic than ever. In addition to traditional concerns over safety, today’s professionals must deal with everything from pandemic planning to employee mental health to global environmental citizenship. An important part of the role of HSE professionals is breaking down siloes to build bridges from the business to employees and from HSE to other operating units of the business. 

“For me, it’s about teamwork and having representatives of teams from different areas of functions, regions, countries. That’s how we break the barriers,” said Ratna Morjaria, Global ESH Director, Evonik.  

“We have to open their eyes to understand what the organization is trying to do [to] understand the risk and the nature of the … Read more...

Leaders2Leaders: How Can You Maintain a Safety Culture Over the Long Term?

Avoid focusing too much on a top-down approach to safety culture. Employees must feel they own health and safety in their individual workplaces.
Avoid focusing too much on a top-down approach to safety culture. Employees must feel they own health and safety in their individual workplaces.

To be truly effective, health and safety needs to move beyond policy and become rooted deep into the culture of the organisation.

Great safety cultures do not happen by chance. The best safety cultures are continuous works in progress and need careful managing by health and safety leaders. As we learn in the sixth episode of Leaders2Leaders, “How Can You Maintain a Safety Culture Over the Long Term?” culture and culture improvement cannot be limited to small pockets of the business. It must run from senior leadership through to the shop floor and even embrace third-party contractors, according to a group of five safety leaders from companies noted for their world-class safety cultures.

“People ask me, how many people I have in my safety organisation? My answer? … Read more...