Our Be Safe by Choice programme is really starting to show results, and a lot of that is thanks to our key influencers.
We have seen a steady rise in the number of observations and close-call reports since we started our behaviour-based safety programme in May 2012. Each of these reports gives us the chance to make sure an accident doesn’t happen and offers an opportunity to improve what we do. That is why we reward staff who raise such concerns.
Helping to improve safety performance
Our key influencers are safety champions selected from our workforce. They are an important part of Be Safe by Choice: they help to improve safety performance throughout all our work areas.
Each person has been recommended by their manager, and, following an interview with our HSQE adviser, attended an intensive three-day key-influencer course. The course equips people with skills to manage unsafe behaviour before accidents happen, and they are then supported to work with their colleagues throughout the organisation. Regular meetings with other key influencers and with managers help to support them in keeping everyone safe. Our key influencers lead the way in raising observation reports to share best practice and increase safety levels.
Some of our key influencers are also mental health first aid champions. They have been trained to spot signs of mental ill health and given the skills to support positive wellbeing for themselves and others.
If you work for VGC and would like to apply to be a key influencer, please speak to your labour manager.
To apply for a job with VGC, please register for work.
The British Safety Council audit noted: “VGC’s behaviour-based safety programme ‘Be Safe by Choice’ has improved staff participation in health and safety management”.
If you work for VGC and would like to apply to be a key influencer, please speak to your labour manager. To apply for a job with VGC, please register for work.