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Robert O'Neill

Robert is the founder and OHS Consulting Practice Leader of Work Safety Hub, with more than 10 years’ experience in managing safety and risk management programs.
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Why Safety Climate is More Important than Safety Culture in Improving OHS Outcomes

Posted by Robert O'Neill on Mar 8, 2023 6:24:00 PM

Screen Shot 2021-06-11 at 2.20.22 pmSafety culture and safety climate are two critical concepts in Occupational Health and Safety (OHS). Safety culture refers to the shared values, beliefs, and practices that shape an organisation's approach to safety. On the other hand, safety climate refers to the perceptions and attitudes of employees towards safety within an organisation. While safety culture focuses on the underlying values and beliefs that drive safety, safety climate is more concerned with how employees perceive and behave towards safety in their day-to-day work.

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Topics: Safety Culture

Breaking Down Barriers: Enhancing Safety Through Cross-Organisational Communication

Posted by Robert O'Neill on Feb 7, 2023 6:10:00 PM

disbeliefSafety is a top priority for any organisation, but achieving it can be a challenging task. One issue that often arises is a lack of communication and coordination across different departments and teams. Safety professionals are tasked with monitoring compliance with safety controls, but traditional approaches can create adversarial relationships and lead to blaming individuals when incidents occur. However, by breaking down these barriers and facilitating cross-organisational communication, safety professionals can play a critical role in enhancing safety within the organisation.

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Learning from performance variation, not just failure

Posted by Robert O'Neill on Aug 2, 2022 5:54:39 PM

contact-form-bg-280x240The Health and Safety profession has made great strides in safety performance over the last 50 years, technology has become safer to use, and techniques such as HAZOP and bowtie analysis have given us ways to think about and manage hazards. This approach has served the industry well, but safety performance has recently stalled. 

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Topics: Organisational Resilience, Safety Differently

Safety auditing differently with humble inquiry

Posted by Robert O'Neill on Oct 5, 2021 3:50:55 PM

Screen Shot 2021-10-05 at 3.23.11 pmHave you ever been involved in a safety investigation where you felt like you were being interrogated?

You felt like you've done something wrong, and the intention was more to find out how you should be punished than how your organisation could learn

Sadly many of us have either had that or heard about others that have had that particular experience, yet the fact is that such an approach does very little to improve safety.  

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Topics: Reviews, Audits and Inspections, Organisational Resilience, Safety Differently

From Compliance to Organisational Resilience. 4 critical principles

Posted by Robert O'Neill on Jun 10, 2021 4:39:35 PM

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Topics: Safety Management Systems, Organisational Resilience