On today’s forum, we’re joined with James Twigg from PPE.ORG – James, many thanks for taking the time to speak with us today. Let’s jump straight in..
1. How would you describe the role of safety in today’s workplace? Has this changed in recent years?
The role of safety has always been to try to keep people safe at work. This is done through legislation at state level, down to procedures and policies at organisational level. In organisations, training is key, as is daily leadership in safety by managers and supervisors.
Of course, the people with the final say in safety matters are the workers themselves – us. It’s the workers that have the accidents and suffer the painful consequences.
2. You place a huge emphasis on social media and have a strong presence across these platforms, do you think social media helps to raise safety awareness amongst the non-
believers? If yes, how so?
Social media is the key to really spreading the safety word going forward. By social media I mean every online engagement platform from blogs to the big social media networks themselves. Social media brings safety into the pockets of millions of people. Most people have at least one profile and spend a lot of time on it. Apps make it even easier to directly influence people – who can resist that little red circle?
As well as better accessibility to safety resources, social media provides the opportunity for people to share and talk about the subject in an informal way. This helps enormously to spread the word.
Social media provides the opportunity for people to share and talk about the subject in an informal way. This helps enormously to spread the word.
3. In your experience, what do you think motivates employees the most when it comes to training and learning development?
In my time as a manager, I found that people need to believe that training is going to benefit them in some way. This could be through learning how to protect themselves and others at work.
Whatever the subject matter it is absolutely essential that training sessions are made as interesting and interactive as possible. Humans need to be entertained, and people learn more when they are fully engaged in training.
Humans need to be entertained, and people learn more when they are fully engaged in training.
4. What has been your biggest challenge in the world of safety?
For me as a manager, the biggest challenge was getting resources to fully implement health and safety measures. What I mean here is that there could be a statement from above that safety is part of the fabric of the organisation.
The team on the shop floor wants it to happen and a plan is developed. When this goes back upstairs, there is suddenly a change – things take forever to get signed off and some of the plan never gets implemented.
Safety is part of the fabric of the organisation.
5. Do you have any advice for someone looking to become more compliant and health and safety conscious?
Compliance is a must. Of course, the rules depend on where you are in the world, but it really is unforgivable for organisations not to take all the required steps to protect their workers. At the individual level, it would depend on how interested one is in the
At the very least, a worker is obligated to behave in a responsible and safe way. This means being fully competent in what they are doing and also paying attention to the importance of keeping themselves and the people around them safe.
I would reiterate my earlier point here: It is people who get injured, so if you are a worker it makes sense be as knowledgeable and safety-conscious as possible.
Social media brings safety into the pockets of millions of people.
Thanks for joining us today James, we sure learned a lot and I’m sure our readers did too!
James Twigg is the owner of PPE.org a UK business providing cost-effective content and social media marketing services to the safety industry. James is NEBOSH qualified and is a media partner of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, EU-OSHA.