W3: Behavioural Start-up Sessions for Projects Workshop
Right at the start of drilling your well, shooting your seismic or building your plant, for example, you want people to know that safety is a top priority.
Yes, you want efficiency and for people to work smart – but we want to get the message across clearly that it is not efficient if we have accidents.
Here are some initial pointers we’ve learned from experience on projects like these:
- Have a very senior manager from the client and from the contractor there just to give a short (5 minutes max) motivational talk – from the “horse’s mouth”. There is no doubt that stopping a job for safety is right. There’s no need to lecture and say how important safety is – just give people tons of comfort – it’s okay to stop a job if in doubt.
- Have some interactive behavioural safety sessions – some exercises people can do on tables or discuss in small groups. Avoid PowerPoint like the plague – it will switch people off! I do one 45-minute session on building awareness and a second on overcoming the fear of stopping the job.
- Then, by all means, show a short DVD that reinforces some company policies or procedures – but make it short (15 – 20 minutes max and then have a facilitator lead a discussion. There must be a discussion of the lessons won’t sink in.
- Avoid shock tactics – it works only for a week or two and then people forget. And remember to keep it short – the human mind can only take in so much at one goes then overloads and people switch off. Use only a morning for the safety issues. Then use the afternoon for technical and production issues – which will, of course, involve safety as well
Here’s a sample timetable we have used on many successful projects:
(This is only a sample – start and end times vary to meet goals of the session)
|10.05||Client Management commitment|
|10.13||Contractor Management commitment|
|10.20||Behavioural Safety Workshop – session I
What is really hurting us?
|11.20||Behavioural Safety Workshop – Session II Fighting the Fear!|
|12.05||Specific company rules with DVD Lifting
Incident (Martin’s Story)
|12.25||Discussion of DVD|
|13.45||Introduction to workshops
Assign facilitators (Client/contractor/sub-contractors)
Define deliverables (the top 5 hazards, produce a JSA and mitigations for each group task)
|13:55||Split into groups (8 people)
Group 1: Vessel Traffic (Bridge/Nav/chase and support vessel crew)
Group 2: Close Pass, Dead Head & Undershoot (Nav/bridge/RIL)
Group 3: Crane operations Stores Re-supply (Deck/bridge/support vessel crew)
Group 4: Small Boat Operations (Obs/Cox/Nav)
Group 5: Preparing, Cooking, Serving (Galley/steward)
Group 6: Bunkering & Vessel Alongside Ops. (Eng/support vessel/bridge)
Group 7: High-Pressure Air Operations (Eng/Mech)
Group 8: Back deck operations [recovery and deployment of guns, Barovanes etc.] (Mech/Obs/Nav)
|15.15||Group Presentations – 5 key findings from each group (approx. 6 mins each)|
|16.05||Close Out/feedback/final messages|