3. WHS Workshop

The WHS practice workshop is facilitated by a member of the site and is conducted with a representative group of workers, contractors, tradesmen, engineers, supervisors and management.

It provides the third data source used to help identify an organisations culture and aims to better understand the organisations culture through an examination of its systems (procedures, policies and rules) and how they are really used.

The WHS practice workshop explores ‘how we do things around here’, with respect to safety practice, considering six ‘safety scenarios’ from a practical standpoint.

Safety Management (in general)
Safety Management (in general)

Examines the system elements; All six.

“Think about how the management team and workers demonstrate their commitment to safety. E.g. how is this demonstrated in day-to-day health and safety management? How has this been demonstrated in a recent safety program?”

Raising Safety Concerns
Raising Safety Concerns

Examines the system elements; Consultation and Supervision.

“Discuss what happens when somebody has a safety concern relating to a change to the system / work practice, or conditions in the working environment/conditions. Look the hazard reporting and the organisations willingness to learn.”

Work Design & Change Management
Work Design & Change Management

Examines the system elements; Consultation, training and competence, risk management, evaluation and review.

“Think about a time when the organisation underwent a significant change that affected the site, e.g. Restructure or downsizing or new mine development. How was this handled? ”

Transfer of Information Between Shifts
Transfer of Information Between Shifts

Examines the system elements; Consultation, risk management and supervision.

“Discuss how information about issues/events/incidents e.g. plant breakdown resulting in major maintenance issues, rib stability or methane levels, is transferred to others at the start of a new shift/panel.”

Time Critical or Degraded Situations
Time Critical or Degraded Situations

Examines the system elements; Commitment, risk management and supervision.

“Think about when there was a pressing production target or a difficult/degraded production situation.

e.g. company downsizing, drop in commodity price, equipment breakdown and maintenance, long-wall move, water or strata issue.” 

Incident Investigation
Incident Investigation

Examines the system elements; Consultation, risk management, supervision, evaluation and review.

“Think about the chain of events following a significant /well known incident” 

Results

The workshop concludes, with a questionnaire and an assessment (conducted individually and as a group) of where the organisation sits along the cultural maturity ladder.

The following table is a conceptual example only and does reflect actual results.