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Leadership in Safety

What is Safety Leadership?


Safety Leadership is defined as “The process of defining the desired state, setting up the team to succeed, and engaging in the efforts that drive the safety value,” which broadly boils down to “engaging in and maintaining behaviours that help others achieve safety goals“.

Leaders are people who influence the attitudes and behaviours of others by demonstrating the required attitudes and behaviours themselves – they “walk the talk” and hold others to account.

Sometimes leaders do this through their formal role and sometimes by their personal influence.

Over the next few months, we will explore what safety leadership means for a western rock lobster fisher.

Recent changes to the Work Health and Safety Legislation will require boat owners, skippers, and crew to demonstrate due diligence in managing safety prior to, during and after fishing. An effective leader meets or exceeds safety due diligence requirements.  Not meeting safety due diligence increases the risk of Regulator action which may or may not incur severe financial penalties and/ or criminal charges.

Stay tuned for the next Leadership in Safety topic and if you require advice or support related to your Safety Management System or safety in general, please contact:

Tanya Adams, safety specialist for the professional fishing industry.

P: 0417 961 973


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