Food & Drink Process & Packaging Issue 11 2016 - Page 25

Coaching for safety What is coaching? Coaches use highly-developed listening and questioning skills to help others. They are driven by curiosity, they challenge assumptions and they are solutions-focused. Coaching is about being collaborative, supportive and helpful and that’s what IOSH be integrated in to daily life is an a behavioural safety initiative, they important part of the programme invested in communication skills and and of course, as an IOSH Approved relationships – both vitally important course, there is a test at the end. pre-requisites for a successful What are the entry requirements for those wishing to attend? There are none. This is a coaching Approved Coaching for safety is about. course not a technical course and Why do safety people need coaching even non-safety people attend – and skills? it’s a real leveler. Safety people know about the law and the standards that need to be achieved and how others have seasoned practitioners, rookies and Which industry sector is this directed at? behavioural safety implementation. The client held a number of in-company courses for their management team believing that if they’re to get the safety culture they want: – i. All managers and supervisors need to be de facto safety advisers; and All sectors. This course is about the ii. modus-operandi of the practitioner valued and become engaged in the so it’s not specific to any sector. This safety agenda if their managers course is about helping all safety and supervisors are less directive and this stuff. people be the very best they can be. more supportive. But helping colleagues explore Case study The client’s pilot was so successful, problems and find the best solutions The objective ultimately for our client requires more than technical in the waste management sector, was capability alone. It requires curiosity, to improve their safety culture. solved problems. This is the greater knowledge and understanding they bring to a conversation and they are prized for it – only safety people know skillful questioning and advanced, Employees will only feel they have decided to extend the training far and wide during 2016 and beyond and we’re delighted to be supporting them. active listening skills – all attributes of a great coach. Leading safety professionals advocate a coaching approach. They emphasise the importance of balancing technical knowledge with complementary communication skills. The ability to coach is fast becoming a required skill. What does Coaching for safety involve? This is a highly-participative 2-day Securus Health & Safety Limited course built around a series of live In that they’re not alone but coaching sessions involving real-life what’s extraordinary about Securus Health & Safety Limited is a issues and problems the delegates this client is the importance Lancashire-based consultancy established in bring themselves – there is absolutely they place on coaching. Where 2009 by Michael Emery. no role-play. How the skills can others would simply sign up to www.securushealthandsafety.co.uk FDPP - www.fdpp.co.uk 25