4 Sep 2019
In the coming weeks, IADC will publish fourteen nominations in the running to receive the Safety Award 2019 on its website and social media. The winner will be announced on 17 October 2019.
IADC is proud to announce that the sixth nomination is:
Van Oord’s “Safety News Alert” is a hard-hitting film and open, honest team discussions
An increase in accidents during Q1 2019 led Van Oord to seek a new approach to improving safety awareness worldwide. To start, an analysis was done of the root causes of the accidents, which occurred under all sorts of circumstances, during full scale work, during routine and non-routine jobs and in all business units. Extensive research resulted in a ‘Safety News Alert’ that was released throughout the entire organization. This was a combination of a hard-hitting film meant to inform, make an impact and inspire, followed by open and honest team discussions that were playful, inspirational and motivating.
Via a worldwide kick-off on May 14, 2019 in a 'news cast' film, the Executive Board emphasised the importance of safety and 5 accidents were highlighted and discussed by colleagues. These were accidents to which many colleagues could relate and the film was followed by team meetings during which colleagues from all offices, projects, vessels and yards discussed safety statements in an open and honest way and made clear team agreements. These agreements and group photos were actively shared on the Van Oord intranet. The involvement and commitment on all levels – from senior management to colleagues at all work locations throughout the entire organisation made this Safety News Alert an across the board success.
The statements and toolkits provided by Van Oord were tailored to a team’s work location and were set up in a creative, playful and interactive way. By involving both projects/vessels/yards and office, the tools were available for an open and honest discussion that resulted in a variety of personal and relatable team agreements. Response and participation exceeded expectations.
The strength of the entire Safety News Alert (both film and follow-up team meeting) is the usability for all employees. Supplying local managers, who act as moderators, with a clear and easy to use manual enabled them to organise the Safety News Alert at any location.
The Safety News Alert concept can easily be used by others in the dredging industry. It is important to decide on a proper script about situations that have occurred within the company and to film these situations without any judgment, to determine dilemmas to stimulate safety discussions, to create a platform that encourages participation, and to exchange information within the organisation about the answers and actions taken by different teams.
At Van Oord the results have been clear: Since the kick-off, safety numbers are improving, safety awareness has increased and people are giving more feedback. Registrations for the safety leadership training have increased and loads of data from the team meetings has been delivered, giving Van Oord tangible data to act upon.