Babcock endorse our safety partnership

Working in Partnership – Babcock leads the way in listening, responding and taking action on what its people say.

Babcock, Rosyth knows that to bring about improvements in health and safety performance there is a need for our people to work together towards  a set of common goals….Forum Interactive are key strand in this aspiration” Andy Forbes MBE, Director of Health and Safety Improvement

Babcock-clientsIn January 2014 Andy Forbes the Director of Health and Safety Improvement at Babcock International based at Rosyth, asked us to a meeting to discuss the possibility of us contributing to Babcock’s workplace culture strategy. Andy took us through the progress they had reached.

“To be truly effective Babcock Rosyth believes that health and safety has to be an everyday process supported by all on site as an integral part of our workplace culture. The journey we have embarked upon has seen the strategy implemented over a series of building blocks consisting of policy and process, leading indicators, visible leadership and of course – employee engagement. It was at this point we identified that we wanted to find new ways to continue to motivate our people to improve health and safety performance…this was when we started working with Forum Interactive.”

Since June 2014 we have become a regular fixture at Rosyth. We support the Health and Safety team with two employee engagement workshops every month, involving supervisors, managers, operatives and office workers from across the Aircraft Carrier Alliance (BAE Systems, Ministry of Defence, Thales UK, VT Group, Babcock).   Here is a fulsome endorsement from one of the H&S managers from BAE Systems:

“This is the BEST training you will EVER have” Willie McLachlan

We have also delivered workshops for the leadership teams across the Rosyth site which includes employees from Babcock, BP Quad and the Aircraft Carrier Alliance.

Andy continues: “Forum Interactive is now an important part of our employee engagement strategy here at Babcock Rosyth.

“Monthly feedback from Forum Interactive has resulted in team briefs and updates as well as Visible Leadership style discussion on the joint management and workforce commitment to health and safety on the site.”

Babcock’s safety team embrace the feedback we provide from each session as part of the “share to learn and improve” element of its ’safety lense’- a proactive tool to help improve safety culture and deliver on its safety commitments.

A powerful presentation on Visible Leadership has been designed and piloted with senior leaders.  Andy and his team are now in the process of planning a ‘roadshow’ roll out of this to other Babcock sites.

We regularly receive feedback on progress made so far and what’s been put in place to improve safety, culture and behaviours. As a result our ongoing work contributes to the improved safety statistics and the overall culture of the site. Andy says:

“To bring about improvements in health and safety performance there is a need for our people to work together towards a set of common goals – Forum Interactive are a key strand in this aspiration.  We look forward to a continuing partnership which continues to build a positive, supportive on-site culture.”


Tess Allen

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