Changing the way we work, think, or act, is always hard. Moving away from the familiar is a challenge, one best done not by reading books or listening to talking heads, but engaging in a discussion about how things do, or might, work in reality.
Highly regulated environments such as electrical transmission and distribution, oil and gas, rail and air transport, and mining, pose a unique challenge to those of us bold enough to go beyond the status quo. How do we combat bureaucracy when these industries are placed on a pedestal of bureaucratic safety? How do we truly put the human at the centre of our solutions when regulators are, at their very core, punitive? Where are there boundaries or limitations, any middle ground and the non-negotiables when it comes to safety differently in highly regulated environments?
This panel discussion brings together a diverse group of people who all have experiences to share on these questions and more. This panel is NOT talking heads, this will be a deep, engaging and personal discussion between the panel and the audience.
Is this safety as we also should have always done it, or a dream too far off?
Andrew Barrett loves doing different things to get, well, different results. He launched Safety on Tap, Australia’s #1 professional development podcast to support health and safety leaders around the globe to improve having been described as the ‘Andrew Denton of the safety world’. Seeing the demand for alternatives to traditional professional development, he founded Safety on Tap Connected, a growth accelerator program enhancing the learning and in turn performance of health and safety professionals. Andrew lives outside the box, often running towards the very edges of what’s possible. He loves doing this with likeminded safety leaders when advising on internal programs, facilitation, group coaching and speaking at conferences.
Deirdre Lewis is currently working as the Head of HSEC for the Energy Markets business at Origin Energy where she has worked for the past 7 years. Throughout her 20-year career she has worked in a variety of industries including Steel, and Fast Moving Consumer Goods. She is passionate about making the workplace a safer and more efficient place to be, and enjoys the challenge of supporting businesses to take pragmatic approaches to complex issues so that great outcomes can be achieved.
Campbell has over 20 years’ experience in heavy engineering, mining and construction, with a combination of operational, managerial and corporate roles. Driven by challenge, relationships and people engagement, Campbell loves challenging long-held views and practices, and the assumptions that underpin them.
Greg is an international award winning author and qualified lawyer who has spent nearly 30 years specialising in safety and health management. Greg works with clients helping them to understand their responsibility for safety and health, and develop processes to discharge those responsibilities. In addition to being a lawyer, Greg has worked as the Principal Safety Advisor for a major oil and gas company, works as a safety manager for a number of organisations and sits on various organisation’s health and safety committees as an advisor. Greg also taught the Accident Prevention unit at Curtin University in Western Australia. Greg is the author of, Management Obligations for Safety and Health, co-author of, Risk Conversations: The Law, Social Phycology and Risk and editor of Contractor Safety Management, which won the 2014 World Safety Organisation’ Educational Award.
Bowe has over 20 years experience as a tradesman and Supervisor in the Electricity Distribution industry. After a series of workplace incidents in his team, Bowie was motivated to change the way employees thought and felt about working safely in his organisation. SID challenges the current thinking around safety from an employee and management perspective, focussing on leadership as the key to successful safety culture.