Programme Overview

The basic strategy for safety excellence is to accord safety equal weight with other business priorities. Effective safety management processes are principle-based, continuous, and flexible. In our experience the commitment, leadership, and drive of senior management personnel significantly determine the success of the safety effort.

We can help executive management address recognised needs and realise benefits. Because safety management excellence improves overall performance, the time, effort, and cost return manyfold.

The workshop will help leadership align its safety vision, energize commitment and involvement, and set the stage for rolling out an effective safety improvement effort. When a previous safety management evaluation has been performed, our consultant will focus on how to turn the findings and recommendations of the evaluation into a high-level safety action plan.

Key Words

Executive Leadership, Health, Safety, Environment,Visioning, Motivation, Strategy, Risk Management, High Impact Communications, Licence to Operate, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Integrated Business Management, Innovation and Creativity, STEP Change

Who should attend?

Executive Leadership Team, Business Unit Managers/Departmental Heads.


This is a one day workshop covering the foundation principles. An advanced Executive Safety Leadership programme can be on a modular basis. Typically one day modules areas follows:

  • Module 1, consists of Behavioural Safety Leadership, Mission, Visioning, Motivation, Human Factors in Risk Management.
  • Module 2,  consists of Incident investigation and Root Cause Analysis
  • Module 3,  consists of Crisis Management and Business Resilience.
  • Module 4, consists of Performance Management, Lessons Learned and Knowledge Transfer.


A typical programme includes:

Health and Safety Leadership: Overview of Key Principles

  • Leadership is about passion (and excellence) versus position
  • “”Good Safety is Good Business”
  • Social Responsibility
  • Health and Safety Management Systems
  • Safety Behaviours – co-creating our safe environment

HSE Interviews: Key Lessons Learned

Major Accidents Lessons Learned: what happens when we get it wrong?

  • Scene setting from major accidents

Board and Executive Committee H & S Leadership Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Essential Principles – Strong and Active Leadership from the Top, Worker Involvement, Assessment and Review
  • PLAN the direction for health and safety
    • Linkage to Corporate Governance
    • Core Actions – board takes the lead
    • Good practice – develop policies and respond to difficulties
  • DELIVER health and safety
    • Effective Management Systems
    • Risks dealt with sensibly, responsibly and proportionately
  • MONITOR health and safety
    • Integral to the safety culture
    • Leading and Lagging Indicators
  • REVIEW health and safety
    • Formal Reviews
    • Establish whether essential principles have been embedded
    • Systems effective in managing risk and protecting people?

STEP Change in Health and Safety:

  • Piper Alpha to Deepwater Horizon
  • Health and Safety Core Values
  • Networking
  • Behavioural Safety
  • Setting Standards

Personal Behaviours in Safety Leadership

  • Key to success – understanding your behaviours and its influence on others
  • What is your natural and adaptive behaviour?
  • Correct Priorities, Communications, Risk Assessment, Compliance, Coaching

Commitment and High Level Planning – facilitated session

  • Where do we go from here?
  • What can we individually and collectively do NOW?
  • What are our actions for the future?

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