How many times have you been sat in a meeting where the call for a ‘Safety Moment’ leads to everyone scrabbling around trying to find something vaguely-suitable to talk about?
This often means Safety Moments are not relevant or poorly prepared and add little value to the start of a meeting.
To combat this, the Kier A13 Road Widening Project has swapped the conventional ‘Safety Moment’ for a weekly ‘SHEA Theme’ (SHE = Safety, Health & Environmental Affairs).
Steve Mack Project Director explains: “We felt that an isolated one-off look at one particular safety topic at the start of a meeting or briefing, could be developed further.”
The concept is two-fold. Firstly, it recognises the importance of health, environment and assurance whilst ensuring that team members have a chance to discuss these important issues alongside safety-related topics.
Secondly, it replaces the stand-alone moment with a series of moments – spread out across the working week – thus becoming a theme.
“By choosing one topic per week and producing content for each day within the week, it has enabled us to go into much more detail on each subject, which helps team members to deepen their understanding about the issues that we are trying to tackle,” added Steve.
So far, the project has developed several themes across the SHEA spectrum, including diabetes, lifting operations, quality & assurance, communication, sustainability and dust.
The content is published at the start of each week and displayed in every meeting room across the project – this means that those chairing meetings are ‘good to go’ from the moment they sit down.