Health & Safety

Personal Behaviours of employees are often not the problem they are the symptom or expressions of an underlying problem (usually with the safety culture).

We are committed to developing and fostering a Safety Culture where all employees adopt an Safety mindset, both at work and at home, in order to keep themselves and each other safe!

 

From Ray Eagle, SHEQ Director:

“I have worked with many global multi-site corporations, and it is interesting to note that they tend to use the same procedures, policies, equipment, PPE, etc., across their various sites, yet one site can be operating at the reactive level and another at the proactive  positive level – so why the difference?

Psychological safety can differ substantially between groups. Managers and employees, working together with the common goal of Zero Harm, within some groups had been able to effectively create the conditions for psychological safety to thrive, while other leaders had not.

In the more mature safety climates, it is not golden rules, policies, procedures, safety signs or slogans that increase in frequency or significance – it is trust, visible felt leadership, psychological safety and authentic information sharing that make the difference.

Unless these trust-related cultural aspects are attended to, an organisation simply cannot progress to the more mature levels, regardless of the quality of safety management systems in place.”

 

One of the best ways that we can help to keep each other stay safe is through intervention. This means that when we see a fellow employee doing something that is unsafe or not correct, it is up to all of us to take time out to STOP the employee and discuss the opportunities for improvement, to intervene!

This is the basis of the DSG STOP WORK AUTHORITY initiative. Every single employee of DSG has both the right and the obligation to STOP any person, whether they be a DSG employee or other, when they identify an unsafe behaviour or unsafe condition

There is a famous poem regrading safety intervention that says it all:

 

I COULD HAVE SAVED A LIFE THAT DAY

I could have saved a life that day,

But I chose to look the other way.

It wasn’t that I didn’t care;

I had the time, and I was there.

But I didn’t want to seem the fool,

Or argue over a safety rule.

I knew he had done the job before.

If I called it wrong, he might get sore.

The chances didn’t seem that bad.

I’ve done the same; he knew I had.

So, I shook my head and walked on by.

He knew the risks as well as I.

He took the chance; I closed an eye.

And with that act, I let him die.

I could have saved a life that day,

But I chose to look the other way.

Now every time I see his wife,

I’ll know I should have saved his life.

That guilt is something I must bear,

But it isn’t something you need to share.

If you see a risk that others take,

That puts their health or life at stake,

The question asked or things you say

Could help them live another day.