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A Cultural Change

There is no doubt that Martin Dewhurst knows his subject inside-out. He is a stonemason by trade and has worked in and around construction his entire life, in locations as diverse as the UK, Europe, Australia, and more recently the Gulf. “I moved into Health & Safety over 15 years ago and have worked in a number of roles, including Global Head of Health & Safety at Nokia Networks, where we made dramatic reductions in serious incidents across the over 150 markets we were in,” he says. “I’m passionate about helping people improve workplace safety and drive operational efficiencies, so having worked for, or with, businesses from SMEs through to global corporations I wanted to share that knowledge and support other businesses in their journey to world-class performance. That’s how Calibre Consulting came about.”

The Calibre Consulting team genuinely enjoys working with businesses to help them achieve their goals, but it can sometimes be challenging to change the culture of an organisation. “Usually senior management is behind the transition when integrating safety into everyday work practices, but there can be some people who fail to see the value of a safe workplace and perhaps don’t fully understand their responsibilities,” Martin says. “In these circumstances we’ve found that it’s important to help everyone from the bottom to the top of an organisation understand that they all have a role to play in safety. Making this cultural change includes providing everyone with the information and support required to give them the competence and confidence to put safety into action and help them understand the important part they play in the overall improvement across the company.”

Over that past five years, Calibre Consulting has enjoyed considerable success, with one of its most noted projects being with Massar Solutions. “Initially they approached us to support their in-house safety team to draft an ISO compliant Quality, Safety & Environmental Management System, but after delivering that they requested that we assist them in the implementation of the system with a view to obtaining third party ISO certification in the compressed timeline of three months,” Martin explains. “We successfully enabled them to achieve this target with a couple of weeks to spare, despite them having a workforce based in eight locations across four emirates from Sharjah to Sila on the Saudi border. Obtaining this external certification against the three standards meant they were able to tender, and win, new contracts that they had previously been excluded from.”

WHEN WE WORK WITH CLIENTS WE SEEK TO FULLY UNDERSTAND THEIR OPERATIONS, AS WELL AS THEIR FUTURE PLANS, SO WE CAN WORK TOGETHER TO BUILD A SYSTEM THAT NOT ONLY ADDRESSES THEIR CURRENT CONCERNS, BUT IS READY TO GROW WITH THEIR BUSINESS.

With the updates to the relevant ISO standards over the last few years, the approach to compliance with quality, safety and environmental requirements is more aligned than ever. “We have seen that clients find it beneficial to implement an integrated management system that covers not only safety, but also includes quality and environmental aspects, since there is a definite overlap between the actions required to demonstrate compliance with these internationally recognised standards.” Martin goes on to explain that there are several other benefits to having a robust safety management system in place, concluding: “There are a number of statistics that show other advantages from implementing safety in the workplace, apart from the obvious reduction in incidents and injuries. These include increased employee engagement, reduced staff churn, lower insurance premiums, improved efficiencies and process improvements. This may come as a surprise to some people as safety is usually viewed as an additional task and cost to a project, but it is shown that organisations can realise up to a 300% return on investment for safety programmes.”

www.calibreconsulting.net martin.dewhurst@calibreconsulting.net

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Emirates Projects Magazine Issue 101  

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