Our 6th Behaviour Standard User Conference was held at the Norton House Hotel in Edinburgh on the 24th and 25th September 2018. The conference runs every two years and is an opportunity for organisations who have a safety behaviour standard to get together and share experiences and promote networking.
It was great to see a mixture of old friends and new ones this year. Even after 10 years of running these conferences, we are always extremely impressed by the willingness of companies to be open about their work to improve safety behaviours, safety culture and safety performance, and of the quality of the presenters and their presentations. We would like to thank everyone who came along and gave their time so generously.
The conference saw a mix of delegates, some who have used a behaviour standard for several years and others who are new to the approach. The range of sectors represented was also impressive with delegates representing healthcare, chemical distribution, renewable energy, utilities and cosmetics, to name a few.
Feedback from delegates was excellent, which is a reflection on the quality of the industry speakers. Comments included:
“Good broad range of different applications of the behaviour standard”
“Excellent conference with a perfect set up with breaks and time to share. Well done all”
“The ability to learn and share from others. The honesty of those speaking of things that have gone well and not so well.”
“It’s good for networking even from different fields of work – EHS and behaviours connects us all”
The opportunities provided to network and discuss the approaches that were the subject of presentations were also considered some of the key benefits. Several speakers talked about innovative ways to use the behaviours, and this was useful both for organisations that are new to behaviour standards, and for those that have been using this approach for some time. These included:
- Early intervention workshops for site management teams to build engagement and local implementations plans
- Developing Supervisor coaching skills in health and safety, and the conditions necessary to build this capability
- Mapping the safety behaviour standard to wider corporate culture to make more explicit links between the behaviours and accountability, leadership, teamwork and innovation
- Linking the behaviours to leading and lagging indicators of business performance and providing management guidance on leadership interventions to address issues identified
Ten years ago, when the event was first organised, it was because a group of companies new to using behaviour standards wanted a forum for networking and sharing of experiences and knowledge. We asked the delegates in 2018 to let us know if they wanted another conference in two years’ time. Even ten years later, the answer was a resounding “YES!”. We look forward to welcoming our old friends and some new ones to the next conference in 2020, watch this space for an announcement!