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Dr Tim Marsh PhD, MSc, CFIOSH, CPsychol, SFIIRSM is MD of Anker and Marsh. Visiting Professor at Plymouth University he is considered a world authority on the subject of behavioural safety, safety leadership and organisational culture. As well as many of the world's most recognisable industrial names Tim has worked with diverse organisations such as the European Space Agency, the BBC, Sky TV, the RNLI and the National Theatre in his 25 year plus consultancy career. He has key noted and chaired dozens of conferences around the world including the closing key note at the Campbell Institutes inaugural International Thoughts Leaders event in 2014. He has written several best-selling books including Affective Safety Management, Talking Safety, Total Safety Culture, the Definitive Guide to Behavioural Safety and Organised Wellbeing. Previously he led Manchester Universities ground-breaking research team into behavioural safety methodologies in the 1990s.
November 19, 2018

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Video: Four steps to a better safety culture – SHP Safety Talks with Tim Marsh

Revisit the opening video in SHP’s Safety Talks series as it passes the milestone of 10,000 views.

In the first video Professor Tim Marsh, Honorary Professor, Plymouth University and Managing Director at Anker & Marsh Safety, explains the four steps to a better safety culture.

Safety culture

Tim explains the four steps towards a safety organisational culture as:

  1. Compliance (though that has diminishing returns)
  2. Mindful safety
  3. Transformational leadership
  4. Employee engagement

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Subash Ludhra, Managing Director at Anntara Management Ltd and former IOSH President, discusses what effect a person’s upbringing can have on their perception of risk and how they go about their daily routine, and their work, later in life.

Engage people at work: From Coronation Street to culture change

David Mansell, Creative Consultant at Tribe Culture Change shares the parallels between creating an engaging storyline on a soap opera and using stories to influence and engage people at work.

The risk assessment trap: Are risk assessments encouraging unsafe behaviours?

Are risk assessments encouraging unsafe behaviours? Tony Roscoe, Head of Consulting Services at Anker & Marsh, looks at human behaviour and whether people take greater risks because a risk assessment has been completed.

Webinar: Safely back to business

In this on-demand webinar, hear from SafetyCulture’s COO Alistair Venn, GM of EMEA Dan Joyce, and VP of Product Brian Swift as they discuss what companies need to do to get their workers safely back to work and how important a data-driven early warning system is for businesses.

Resetting your North Star for the new normal: What can we learn from start-ups to reset safety culture after COVID-19?

Tribe Culture Change’s Kevin Edwards asks if the coronavirus crisis is an opportunity for a cultural reset and whether organisational start-ups provide any clues on how to achieve this.

Why Buddha would have made a great safety professional… or ‘Zen and the art of safety culture maintenance’

This article covers five Buddhist principles or concepts that have direct relevance to safety excellence.

Psychological safety and a culture of fear

During these turbulent times, it has been sobering to see countries engage in the under-reporting of pandemic incidents, which is also a major problem in workplace safety. This provides a timely reminder that we need be better at giving people a voice in workplace safety to increase the number of reports. One avenue that holds promise is “Psychological Safety” which is a construct that addresses how “safe it is here for people to speak up without fear”.

Six tips to improve workplace safety

Whether your premises is an office, a warehouse, a shop, or anywhere, it is important  to practice good safety in the workplace.

Growing safety engagement in your workplace

What is safety culture, and whose job is it to change it? If it’s not just a feeling, but about people doing the right thing, is behaviour-based safety the answer? And does all of this just mean more work for safety professionals?

‘Safety culture is very connected to heath’

SHP speaks to Head of Safety & Health at Scania, Mikael Welinder, about learning from mistakes, having the right mindset and impactful health programmes.

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SHP caught up with Pamala Bobbitt, VP Product Marketing at Cority to discuss some of the major safety trends and concerns practitioners may be facing over the coming months.

Sleep and Fatigue: Director’s Briefing

Fatigue is common amongst the population, but particularly among those working abnormal hours, and can arise from excessive working time or poorly designed shift patterns. It is also related to workload, in that workers are more easily fatigued if their work is machine-paced, complex or monotonous.

This free director’s briefing contains:

  • Key points;
  • Recommendations for employers;
  • Case law;
  • Legal duties.
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Dominic
Dominic
5 years ago

Nice. Good Job. Congratulations on the Professorship

tim
tim
5 years ago
Reply to  Dominic

Many thanks for the kind comments Dom (and to all below). It’s really encouraging to read that Heather and Mark at UBM were right and that these short conversation starting pieces are indeed a useful medium. I can only hope readers enjoy what were thought were the ‘interesting’ ones towards the end of the set even more!

Louise Terry
Louise Terry
5 years ago

Hi Tim,

I really enjoyed this short video and agree with your comments. We are on a great journey towards a positive safety culture and are seeing many of the things you talk about although most people think training is the answer to everything!

Your video has encouraged me to buy your book and the fact that you are Welsh means it must be true!

Tim
Tim
5 years ago
Reply to  Louise Terry

To respond to Vicki and Paul

It sounds as if you are on it already. Of course we have to demonstrate compliance for – shall we say – ‘practical’ reasons (as well as BE compliant in the vast majority of cases) I think the key point is that the (or rather one) key mindset needed to push on to excellence is that compliance is but base on.

Tim

PS Louise, the cheque is in the post … along with a proposal of marriage!

Nick Molloy
Nick Molloy
5 years ago
Reply to  Tim

Tim
You summed up in one sentence a key issue that many companies misunderstand or hide behind – that “compliance is but a base”. It should not be a point at which companies stop but start from.

Graham Watson
Graham Watson
5 years ago

An excellent engaging presentation. I’m going to take these ideas forward and perhaps use them in a presentation to a staff meeting. It would be ideal for my company.
Can’t wait for the next episode.

Tim
Tim
5 years ago
Reply to  Graham Watson

Thank you Graham!

Dave Smith
Dave Smith
2 years ago
Reply to  Graham Watson

How did it go Graham?

Vicki
Vicki
5 years ago

I agree that engagement with the risk and dynamic risk assessment is best but how do you do this and still ensure you have demonstrable compliance with the requirements of the management of health and safety at work regs i.e. you are required to have a written risk assessment for all activities undertaken. Is advising the regulator in the event of an unlikely, (but still possible) incident where the individual hasn’t taken all risks into account and has unfortunately injured themselves that they had been trained and empowered to complete dynamic risk assessments likely to be sufficient? I work with… Read more »

Safetylady
Safetylady
5 years ago
Reply to  Vicki

Excellent, as ever from Mr Marsh, with great real-world examples – the crossing the road and ‘engaging with risk’ especially. Looking forward to the next ‘desk-top talk’.

Safetylady
Safetylady
5 years ago
Reply to  Vicki

Oops – sorry – posted my comment to Tim as a reply to Vicki only. Should be in sequence with the rest . . However, I did mean to post this (below) as a direct response to your point Vicki . . a bit technical but you did ask. It’s not quite true that everything has to be risk assessed, or that all risk assessment has to be written down, although insurance companies might have you believe this. Firstly, risk assessment is required (only) to identify where measures to comply with statutory requirements are needed. The HSWA and ‘sfairp’ do… Read more »

Paul Prosser
Paul Prosser
5 years ago

Sometimes you just need the evaluation of culture to be re-explained/defined and I find that in this case Tim has does this so well.

I also thaik that Nikki makes an excellent point and I would welcome being included in any response to her question

Charles McLaughlin
Charles McLaughlin
5 years ago

It is correct that improving the workplace safety culture of any organisation is considered a transformational leadership process. However, this is unrealistic, and indeed just too simplistic as two very important and extremely critical arguments are made over transformational leadership being the be all and end all of improving workplace safety culture. These are: (1) That all transformational leaders are operating at the same effective and efficient level, and all have the necessary skills to achieve the desired performance outcome, such as; conceptual skills, conflict management skills, interpersonal skills, decision-making skills, political skills, and influence & motivation skills, this is… Read more »

Vince Butler
Vince Butler
5 years ago

Excellent idea and execution, practical examples really well put. Well done and if episode 2 is even better – you are doing a superb job with this series. I think the words: valued, respected and appreciated come to mind, thanks for that.

Wayne Jones
Wayne Jones
5 years ago

This is a very engaging article and I would recommend using 5 minutes of your time to listen to some interesting and thought provoking ideas which are very well promoted

Kevin
Kevin
5 years ago

I thought this video was excellent, well presented in an engaging way, with good examples to explain key points.
Looking forward to the next ones.

Gary Pearson
Gary Pearson
5 years ago

Hi Tim,

Many thanks for the information on the short video. Safety Culture / Behavior is something that to be honest we are just starting to look into and your short video has certainly helped in our upcoming journey.
Keep up the great work and I look forward to the next video.

Bill Pomfret
Bill Pomfret
5 years ago

This is an excellent introduction to safety culture, I look forward to future editions, Congratulations on the Professorship

mieczyslaw
mieczyslaw
5 years ago

absolutelly right!

Catherine
Catherine
5 years ago

I loved this talk, very clear and focused. At first I thought I might listen to something that I may not get engaged with, but once I started to listen I was happy to continue and by the end of it I felt as if the message is simple, logical and understandable. The perfect thing to keep updated with in a short space of time. Well done!

Steff Williams
Steff Williams
5 years ago

Excellent short clip, very informative and easy to relate to. I would add that to assist with Culture, if people within any organisation can answer yes to these three questions, then the company is in a great place: 1) Is Respect and Dignity shown to everyone within the organisation across all levels – i.e. By the most senior person to the most junior or contractor etc? 2) Do you have meaning in your life – i.e. So that your work means something to you? 3) Do you regularly receive recognition for your contribution at work? Tim – also congratulations on… Read more »

Kevin
Kevin
5 years ago

I absolutely agree with the theory behind all this. The problem I see from the small-business end is not normally a lack of employee engagement, but a lack of Director-level engagement – the normal things: not turning up to meetings, poor communications – internally and externally; overly focussed on ‘compliance’ (whatever that is – normally just represented by paperwork, rather than practices); lack of acknowledgement of their role in setting standards; excuse-making over risk decisions, blame culture etc. At the small business end there’s often a lack of time to spend on H&S so the theory has to necessarily be… Read more »

Steve
Steve
5 years ago

As always excellent and thought provoking – many thanks Prof Tim. One of the biggest cultural challenges our profession (and any other for that matter) face is getting communications right. In the emerging workplace we need to focus less on HS professionals communicating the message and more on how we engage with people so that they become more receptive to the messages. For me this is an important distinction and analogous to Tims four steps in that more and more we find that people want to and indeed need to get involved, being mindful. Before we invest our time in… Read more »

Peter Crossingham
Peter Crossingham
5 years ago

Hi Tim,

Great work on finding simple ways to explain safety culture. The presentation on similar things you did at Tata Steel was also excellent.

Keep up the good work!

Peter.

Heather Beach
Heather Beach
5 years ago

Hi Tim – great job as always. Delighted these are flying. It isn’t just down to the idea – your execution is outstanding as always. You really make safety engaging. Which is the point after all!

John
John
4 years ago

Some good points:
Broad compliance instead of Blind compliance
I like the crossing example – I often argue that it is safer to cross the road away from a crossing because you are making a deliberate conscious decision

Lee F
Lee F
4 years ago

Its a pleasure hearing someone say what you want to say all the time, but haven’t got the same intellect. Totally professional

presentation which makes so much sense, thank you Professor Tim !

Regards

Lee

Tim
Tim
4 years ago
Reply to  Lee F

Lee, that’s really overly kind. (Thanks anyway though!)

Luke
Luke
4 years ago

Tim, I have just started as a H&S Assistant and these presentations have been fantastic in summarising some amazing point. Probably the most engaged I have been when looking for talks on H&S subjects.

Tim
Tim
4 years ago
Reply to  Luke

Thank you Luke. That’s exactly what we were trying to achieve! Tim

Chris Watcham
Chris Watcham
3 years ago

Excellent! going to present this as a snapshot at our annual company conference. Good work old chap