The Group HSE director at Taylor Wimpey – Edward Wood – and his colleagues wanted to make sure that existing health and safety policies were being ‘bought into’ adhered to and reinforced particularly by the behaviour choices of leaders.
We were asked to design workshops that would challenge regional leadership teams to challenge the level and quality of their safety leadership:
“We identified senior management site visits as a key intervention point for improving Health & Safety. The site meetings offer an opportunity for senior managers to discuss site problems and issues, particularly with contractor performance, and provide support in getting the safety message over to those on site. One of the aims of the workshops was to draw attention to the part the management team could play.” Edward Woods, Group HSE Director
“The training session was powerful, effective and informative. This engaging and interactive approach is an inspired innovation, which is as much fun as it is enlightening and informative.” (Edward Woods)
A booklet was created and distributed that gathered together all the commitments to action that people had made at the end of each workshop.
“A key change we expect to see is on the procurement level. Commercial managers will have a new perspective on health and safety and this will influence their purchasing decision when hiring contractors and helping them prepare for an effective site start.
“The programme is also helping to generate a consensus of opinion – site managers and commercial managers are saying the same thing regarding H&S practice, and so contractors will sit up and take notice.” (Edward Woods)
Taylor Wimpey will continue to develop the health & safety programme going forward. A key priority will be to design sessions for site managers to enable them to get the most out of dialogue with senior managers, and play a fuller part in site meetings.
The Board of Directors also recognises the need to make site managers fully aware of the rationale behind health & safety policy and procedural changes. This will ensure a collective approach towards a better health & safety outcome.
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