One of the key paradigm shifts we are seeing in the market is the breaking down of the traditional two-yearly ‘warrant of fitness’ approach to making sure things are going the way you want them to. In this old paradigm, for many companies, it would mean a desire to pass a government accreditation (like the former ACC WSMP program) or get a contractor pre-qualification ‘tick’ for a further few years.
What many have realised is that effective health, safety and well being isn’t about ‘gearing up for an external audit’ (read: updating policies and procedures!)… it’s about making sure people are healthy and safe every day, ensuring a good risk-based safety management system is in place and being executed by workers equipped with the right skills and knowledge they need. It's about embedding an ongoing dialogue and work culture so that self-aware, positive behaviour is lived and breathed in the normal course of executing great work.
Having a live feedback loop to support continuous improvement is a key ingredient to remaining agile and moving a company further along the health and safety maturity curve. Regularly remeasuring and refocussing on the emerging issues that are most critical to each company in its unique operating context will ensure deeper, sustainable wins are achieved. If this is executed, where external audits are needed along the way, it should simply be a matter of sharing authentic data/visibility that demonstrates the great work being done.
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