QRC challenges CEOs on safety

CHIEF executives from Queensland’s leading mining and energy companies will be challenged by employee views of work safety at the Queensland Resources Council’s annual CEO safety leadership forum in Brisbane today.
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Courtesy Queensland Resources Council

Blair Price

Senior management from more than 20 companies will attend the CEO Health and Safety Leadership Day with this year’s event aiming to inform executives on how their employees view the corporate health and safety regimes.

Leading up to the forum, QRC asked executive participants to survey their employees in non-leadership roles to measure their perceptions of health and safety management.

QRC said the key areas for consideration included health and safety systems and procedures, leadership behaviour on health and safety, and the management of health and safety breaches and incidents.

Apart from revealing the survey findings, the forum will also discuss how to use the data to analyse the safety performance of an organisation, but also how to deliver change.

“Our annual CEO safety day is about bringing the company bosses together to not only learn from each other but also to step them outside their comfort zones and do some digging for themselves,” QRC chief executive Michael Roche said.

“This year, we’re asking them to take a good hard look at their companies and find out if what they perceive to be happening is actually happening on the ground, and what their employees genuinely think about their leadership in this vital area.”

The forum will be led by Karl Stewart and Nicola Puharich of organisational change and improvement consultancy Mawson Consulting.

Stewart is a mining engineer and former president of the Australian Mines and Metals Association while Puharich comes from a law and science background and has consulted to resources, smelting and finance sectors since 1998.

Back in February a worker died in a vehicle accident at BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance’s Blackwater open cut coal mine in Queensland’s Bowen Basin.