Generative HSE
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Empower your workforce through Critical Risk Management

By Jason Thain

“Measuring Safety Performance by the number of injuries you have is like measuring parenting by the number of smacks you give” – Dr Robert Long

Industries and companies are still fixated on measuring their safety performance on injury frequency rates and other lag indicators, and the majority companies are focusing their attention on zero harm or slips, trips and falls.

I have seen many approaches to “drum into workers” the importance of safety, these have ranged from stop for safety sessions, industry mandated courses, targeted talks at start of shift meetings and poster campaigns. Also in efforts to keep workers focused on adherence to procedures companies also have cardinal rules. Most if not all of these approaches approach safety and risk in a broad sense and really do not provide separation of slips, trips and falls from fatalities. 

Critical risk’s primary aim is to prevent the loss of life. It is designed using a layered approach that focuses on empowering the work force to understand which critical risks affect their tasks and work areas. It also gives the work force the ability to assess critical risk and ensure the relevant critical controls are in place prior to undertaking any task.

When embedded properly in an organisation, critical risk provides a platform for the entire workforce from the shop floor to the boardroom to be on the same page and eliminate fatalities in the work place.

I invite you to attend a webinar which will provide insight into the different layers involved in critical risk, and the hurdles that have been encountered and overcome with embedding the critical risk process in the past.

Invitation to attend Critical Risk Webinar

Jason Thain from Generative HSE is hosting a Critical Risk Webinar on Monday 15th December 2014 at 2 pm, daylight saving time. Register now.

Generative HSE is one of Australia’s leading providers of safety and risk solutions. They are currently working with a number of Australian organisations to roll out a world leading Safety Climate Diagnostic Tool. The evidence-based tool is assisting organisations to measure the safety climate of their workgroups and the shared motivations, perceptions and self- rated behaviour and compare them against industry specific benchmarks. Visit for more information.