Safety – I, Safety – II and the role of a Safety Professional

David Provan, PhD Student at Griffith University, delivers a presentation around “Safety – I, Safety – II and the role of a Safety Professional”

There are two distinct models of safety that organizations can adopt; these can be described as a model of ‘control’ or a model of ‘adaptability’. More recently these models of safety have been labelled Safety-1 and Safety-2 respectively. These models primarily differ in their view of how to safety is best created in daily work. Safety-1 attempts to align and ‘control’ the organization and its people through its determination of what is safe. Safety-2 conversely, attempts to facilitate its people to be able to safety ‘adapt’ to unknown situations and contexts. While there exists a large body of literature discussing these models of safety, and specific approaches within these models, the role of safety professionals is rarely considered. The purpose of this presentation is to outline the implications for safety professionals from these two competing models of safety – how does the role of a safety professional change?

I am the Founder and Executive Consultant of Safety 21. We help organisations re-orientate their safety resources and programs for the 21st Century. Creating customised change ‘from the inside-out’. I have spent the last 15 years directly advising company Boards and Executive teams in relation to safety and environmental management.

• I have developed and implemented strategies that have resulted in the elimination of fatalities and serious incidents, and all incident rate reductions of >90%.
• I transformed a large organisational safety and environment function that resulted in >$30m annual reduction in direct labour cost, and dramatically improved its effectiveness.
• I re-designed an organisations governance and management system that resulted in a 90% reduction in corporate bureaucracy, whilst improving safety culture and safety and environmental performance.
• I led safety and environment throughout the full lifecycle of a $25 billion oil and gas mega-project.

Some of these achievements were recently showcased in the ‘Safety Differently’ film documentary where I perform the opening voice-over. My key strength lies in my ability to connect with all people at all levels of organisations, having empathy for their situation, and enabling them with strategies to improve their personal effectiveness. I am also a member of the Safety Science Innovation Lab at Griffith University where I conduct part-time research. I am a highly sought-after public-speaker at international safety conferences, particularly in respect of: ‘the future role of safety professionals and safety teams’, ‘the practical application of resilience engineering, safety differently and safety II’, and ‘influencing Boards and Executive teams for safety’.

Mental Health and Illness – A Personal Story

Louise Dubois, Head of Health at Optus, delivers a presentation around “Mental Health and Illness – A Personal Story”

Louise has been actively delivering results in the area of organisational health, safety and workers compensation for over 25 years. Amongst other qualification she has a degree in Nursing, post graduate in prevention of illness at work and a diploma in positive Psychology and wellbeing. Her international experience includes; management of teams, implementation of programs and worker compensation premium negotiations in Canada, Central America, Asia and Australia. She is motivated by being able to make a positive impact on the day-to-day happenings in people’s lives, however great or small that impact may be. Her vision is to create a future whereby being healthy and practicing healthy management style is embedded in the culture. Today she shares her personal story and her professional knowledge around mental health and mental illness and hopefully assists in improving the way we, as leaders, we talk about mental illness.

Major legal changes in 2018 – Industrial Manslaughter, Contractor management, Heavy Vehicle Laws

Harold Downes and Steve Bell, Partners at Herbert Smith Freehills, deliver a presentation on “Major legal changes in 2018 – Industrial Manslaughter, Contractor management, Heavy Vehicle Laws”

Harold Downes took attendees through the recent introduction of the offense of ‘industrial manslaughter’ in Queensland, and advocated that these changes are so significant that they should be the subject of a management of change style review by major employers. Steve spoke to recent developments in the ‘contractor management’ area and provided an update on reforms to the NHVL regime.

Harold has a Bachelor of Laws from the University of the Free State and advanced diploma in labour law obtained from the Rand Afrikaans University. He is admitted to practise in the Supreme Courts of New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia, as well as the High Court of Australia. Harold practised as an attorney in South Africa from the early 1980s, 10 of those years as a law firm partner. He joined Freehills in 2002.

Steve holds a law degree from the University of Melbourne (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts with a major in political science.

Global perspective on holistic workplace wellbeing programs

Breckon Jones, Former Head of Total Reward & Global Head of Wellbeing at American Express and Andrew Barrett, Chief Connector of Safety on Tap, had a chat on “Global perspective on holistic workplace wellbeing programs”

The conversation took the audience through a few key points of today’s workplace wellbeing programs:

  • Why effective wellbeing is more than physical, mental and emotional health promotion.
  • The cultural nuances of health and wellbeing in the workplace and how to address this with a compelling strategy.
  • Why ROI is the wrong metric for evaluating wellbeing at work.

Global HR leader, currently heading total rewards for Australia and NZ, and managing the global employee health COE strategy. The innovative initiatives I’ve led have enriched multi-billion dollar companies’ missions to attract top talent, engage, motivate and reward high performance, and deliver excellent customer service within a culture of wellbeing. I have broad geographical HR experience and deep subject matter expertise in all facets of reward. Strengths lie in change management, People leadership and complex problem solving. I’ve consistently demonstrated an ability to innovate, act strategically and operationally, influence C-Suites and inspire others to exceeded expectations when managing award-winning multinational initiatives that shape Best Companies’ employee value propositions.

I love solving challenges with people. I also love sharing. There are so many challenges to work on, and many being solved every day – let’s share it around, share some stories and learn. Part of my sharing is by hosting the newest and freshest podcast around – Safety on Tap: for leaders wanting to grow themselves and drastically improve health and safety along the way

Better Practice in Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs

Lyndon Henman, National Sales Manager at Medvet, moderates and runs a keynote panel discussion focusing on Better Practice in Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs. 

Other panelists that took part in this session included:

Natalie Dixon, General Manager at Medvet

John Edwards, Senior Toxicologist at Medvet

Andrew Orfanos, National Occupational Health & Hygiene Specialist at Caltex

Drug and Alcohol Testing is all about safety at work. It secures positive changes in workplace culture of safety. Provides certainty for workers and managers about processes and outcomes of a better program.

Having been involved with the health and safety industries for nearly 20 years, I know firsthand how teams can work together with clients to achieve great results. As General Manager for Medvet my greatest satisfaction is helping my operational and sales teams to work collaboratively, not only to succeed in their individual roles but to succeed as a team so our clients can also benefit. Whether it’s developing skills and product knowledge, or providing the right advice and information to win the business, I achieve immense satisfaction watching my team succeed and grow. Their success is my success and of course our client’s success. As a profit for purpose organisation, this teamwork approach to grow our company revenue results in increased profit which we return to fund medical research – what’s not to like? Everyone’s a winner. I’m passionate about my work, our team, our mission and vision and our products and services; after all we help keep people safe and healthy at work and that has got to be a good thing – for everyone.

His role includes providing toxicology advice and support for clients regarding drug and alcohol testing procedures and interpreting drug test results. He is a graduate of Adelaide University with a PhD in toxicology and the measurement of occupational chemical exposures using samples of blood and urine. He has worked in the University sector from 1984 to 2014 (Adelaide University, Newcastle University (UK) and Flinders University) reaching Associate Professor and Deputy Head of the School of the Environment at Flinders University.

His research interests include

  • monitoring drug and chemical exposures
  • assessment of illegal drug laboratories
  • measuring mercury in tuna
  • the remediation of chemically-contaminated land and water, and
  • evaluating genetically modified foods for toxicity.

He has acted as an expert witness in many legal cases involving human toxicology. He is been a member of Commonwealth Regulatory Committees on safety of chemicals and medicines and Australian Standards Committees on nanomaterials.

Uncovering the hidden assumptions and unidentified risks in your organisation’s response capabilities 

Dan Wright, Chief Operations Officer at Executive Risk Solutions, delivers a presentation around “Testing your Security, Crisis, and Emergency response plans – uncovering the hidden assumptions and unidentified risks in your organisation’s response capabilities” 

Dan Wright of ERS will take you through several relevant case studies to reveal the weaknesses and challenges that your organisation is likely to encounter when activating its security, crisis, or emergency response plan.

Dan has an extensive background in corporate personnel and infrastructure security. After graduating from the Royal Military College and serving in the Army for 10 years, Dan joined the private workforce as a security management professional and has had significant experience in servicing clients in a wide range of industries. Dan has a wealth of experience in conducting security risk assessments, developing management plans and more recently in high profile infrastructure security management. Dan holds several tertiary qualifications in security and risk management and possesses a number of management based qualifications. These combined give him a broad organisational focus and allows him to implement effective security solutions based on business unit needs with consideration to a wide range of environmental factors.

Employee Engagement Through an OHS Initiative

David Tregoweth, General Manager – Safety at Melbourne Water and Phillipa Wilson, Managing Director at Premium Health, provide a presentation around “Employee Engagement Through an OHS Initiative”

Effective employee engagement strategies require us to think outside the square.

Communities thrive best when everyone in it feels they are included, valued and trusted, and our workplace community is no different. Engage employees and their families in life skills and the investment can only have a positive outcome.

Senior leader in safety,risk,quality and environment, with expertise across a variety of sectors, industries and leadership roles.
Key fields of work – Industrial Gases, Steel Manufacture, Aviation, Logistics, Government.
Experience spans Australasia, Europe, the Americas, and Asia at GM and Executive Director level.
Specialties: Strategy, challenge of status quo, change, business effectiveness, process improvement and high performance culture

As Founder and Managing Director of Premium Health, Phillipa takes pride in evolving her business to the needs of her clients and the broader Australian community, ensuring every training experience reflects her founding vision of premium quality without compromise. A subject matter expert in the design and delivery of First Aid and Health Training, Phillipa is currently Deputy Chair of the First Aid Industry Reference Committee representing Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET), and serves as Australian Resuscitation Council (Vic Branch) Secretary. A former division 1 registered nurse, Phillipa currently holds a Master of Public Health degree, a Graduate Diploma in Health Science (Occupational Health), a Diploma in Training and Assessment Systems and a Cert IV in Training and Assessment.


Possibility Space as a Way of Relating Risk

Patrick Hudson, Professor at Delft University, delivers a presentation around “Possibility Space as a Way of Relating Risk”

Intended to stretch the minds away from the day to day scenarios into thinking about what we call WIERD accidents and how you might prevent them.

I am a psychologist with wide experience of safety and management in a variety of high-hazard industries. I have worked with the Oil and Gas sector, both upstream and downstream, commercial and military aviation, shipping, mining and hospital medicine. I was one of the developers of the Tripod model for Shell, together with Jim Reason and Willem Wagenaar, better known as the Swiss Cheese model. I was part of Shell’s team developing the theory of SMS in response to Piper Alpha and am now involved in teaching and developing SMS concepts in Civil Aviation, primarily in Asia and Australasia. I developed the HSE Culture ladder, together with Dianne Parker and am now working on improving concepts of risk analysis in hospital medicine, transferring knowledge and experience between industries. I am emeritus professor at Delft University of Technology in The Human Factor in Safety at the Department of Safety Science.

Creating a mentally healthy workplace in times of change

Emma Blee, Head of Enterprise Safety at Australia Post, delivers a presentation around “Creating a mentally healthy workplace in times of change”

An overview of how Australia Post has developed a systems approach to supporting the mental health of its diverse workforce and how mental health and how mental health and wellbeing has been embedded as a core stream of the organisational people strategy.

Highly qualified and experienced Work Health and Safety and Human Resources leader with a strong strategic and operational background. Expertise in working within highly complex large corporate environments to:

– set people and safety strategies,
– design and implement change solutions,
– lead large national teams of professionals,
– manage internal and external partnerships, and
– develop innovative models to ensure business outcomes are delivered

Improving psychological health and safety in the workplace: Why it matters and what it takes

Merv Gilbert, Professor at Simon Fraser University, delivers a presentation around “Improving psychological health and safety in the workplace: Why it matters and what it takes”

The psychological health and safety of employees deserves the same attention as their physical health and safety. Taking action to enhance psychological health and safety has been shown to improve workforce engagement, engagement and productivity. Failing to address psychological health and safety increases the risk of escalating disability costs, accidents and litigation. Increasingly, organizations understand this, but are unsure where to start. This session will describe the process and challenges of implementing a psychological health and safety management system in Canada.

Dr. Merv Gilbert has worked as a psychologist for over thirty years in clinical and leadership roles in regional, provincial and international settings. Dr. Gilbert is an Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. He is a member of the Steering Committee of American Psychological Association’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Network. He is a primary participant in the development, evaluation and dissemination of resources for workplace mental health, including Guarding Minds@Work, Antidepressant Skills@Work and Psychological Health and Safety: An Action Guide for Employers. Dr. Gilbert has published in national and international professional journals and has presented at a diverse array of forums on the importance of workplace psychological health issues for individuals and organizations. He has consulted with governmental, private and public-sector organizations. He recently led an evaluation of 40+ organizations as they implemented the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace on behalf of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.


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