Roles of Safety Coaching

Introduction and Background How to Use this Guide

Guide Structure

Roles in Safety Coaching A Day in the Life of a Supervisor A Day in the life of a Coach

Diagnosis and Analysis


Introduction and Background
The Safety Coaching programme arose from joint industry collaboration aimed at giving impetus to the continuing objective of achieving a workplace without harm. Over the years, improved equipment and processes have led to considerably improved safety performance, but the improvement trend has slowed, to the point that year on year performance has become somewhat patchy and variable. It has long been recognised that the availability of effective work processes and the provision of proper equipment are not enough in themselves. The attitudes and behaviours of people and particularly their appreciation and tolerance of risk, also has a major impact on safety performance. The principal focus of this document is behavioural safety. Safety Coaching is designed to assist safety leaders to create an environment in which safe behaviours are promoted and unsafe acts challenged. This is achieved through:• Increased understanding of Safety Leadership and the expectations of Safety Leaders • Skill development and practice • Individual action planning to develop competence The programme is based on three major elements, namely: • That safety leaders display the ‘sense of purpose’ to translate good intentions into the actions required to achieve a workplace without harm; • That safety leaders gain the foresight to enhance their judgement and guide their staff/colleagues to deliver of their best. • That senior safety leaders provide an effective Safety Management System (SMS). That is ‘a safe place of work and the ability to work safely within it’. These elements are supported by materials to promote better appreciation and understanding of the skills and techniques required to achieve the above. Those skills and techniques are explored through...