Saacosh HRO Users Conference: Transforming Safety Cultures

Learn About Safety Culture Transformation from Others in the Business!

PPC Slurry and Saacosh is proud to present this groundbreaking event to share experiences and learn more about the challenging topic of safety culture transformation from various organisations in different industries and the processes they have implemented to build a High Reliability Organizations.

DATES: 4-6 March 2015 
VENUE: Auditorium, PPC Slurry, Mafikeng
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Exciting Conference Activities

Presentations by line managers, corporate SHE personnel, first line supervisors and front line workers about their safety culture transformation (SCT) processes and tools. This platform is created to allow people that have embarked on the journey of SCT to share first hand their own unique challenges, successes and failures and what they have learned from it. Ample opportunity will be given for question and answer sessions whilst tea and lunch breaks will be stretched to allow for more in-depth discussions and networking.

Round Table Discussions on pertinent topics such as defining a culture of safety, behaviour management, discipline vs punishment, people motivation and reward and recognition for safety. The group discussions will be facilitated by Saacosh consultants and feedback presentations given to the rest of the attendees. Groups will be made up from different companies, industries and levels and holy cows will be challenged.

Poster and table expositions by each company on their own SCT processes and tools will be adjudicated for originality and contribution value by Saacosh personnel and a grand prize of R10 000 will be awarded to the winners whilst runners-up will be afforded the opportunity to attend the International SCT Conference presented by Saacosh in Johannesburg in May this year.

An exciting visit to the PPC Slurry Cement Plant will be the highlight of the conference and the perfect ending to the informative 2-day event. PPC personnel will accompany visitors through the main production areas of the plant and explain the core processes of making cement, the company’s excellent final product.

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Who Should Attend?

  • Operations Managers;
  • Risk or SHE Managers or Practitioners;
  • Line Managers;
  • First Line Supervisors;
  • SHE Representatives;
  • People at the sharp end of safety.

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Preliminary Program

4 March 2015

From 14:00 – Conference attendees arrive and will be shown to their accommodation
From 15:00 – Teams may set up their poster and table expositions in the auditorium foyer
17:00 – Orientation and overview of conference program by Francois Smith (MD Saacosh)
17:30 - Introduction to PPC Alive! in auditorium by Grant Skews (PPC OHS Manager)
18:30 – Cocktails and platters in accommodation block lounge (Saacosh)

5 March 2015

07:30 – Tea/Coffee;
08:00 – Opening/Welcome by the General Manager – Frikkie van Zyl
08:15 – Setting the stage: Introduction and your expectations
08:30 – The Andreas Story
09:00 – Driving the SCT Process through a Dedicated Implementation Team
Section Engineer Marinus Hanekom and Team Leader Tshepo Mpheng will share their SCT implementation experience at Kumba’s Sishen Plant with the help of a dedicated full-time implementation team.
10:00 – Break
10:30 – The Role of Leadership in the SCT Process
In his unorthodox manner, Mine Manager Roy Murley will challenge the audience’s beliefs and perceptions around leadership and safety culture and its impact in the workplace. This interactive session will exploit the challenge of defining a culture of safety and what is required from leadership to create such an environment.
11:30 – Neuroscience and Safety – How does it connect?
Being an expert in this topic, Manie Bosman will share some insights from the latest research in the field of Neuroscience and its impact on the field of safety culture and human behaviour. This fascinating presentation will help attendees understand human behavior in a complete new and eye-opening way and will include practical hints on how to improve engagement of personnel in the safety culture processes and tools.
12:30 – Lunch;
13:30 – Safety Culture Transformation Processes and Practices
In this session attendees will have the privilege to listen to three (3) thirty minute presentations by organisations that have embarked on a journey of safety culture transformation. Line managers and people at the sharp end will share safety challenges that were raised in den meetings or other type of safety forums and how these problems were solved through open and honest collaboration by people at all levels in the organisation.
15:00 – Round Table Discussions
Diagonal teams will discuss controversial topics such as rewards and recognition, changing behaviours, defining a culture of safety and motivation of people.
16:00 – Feedback and Question Session
17:30 – Closure
18:00 – Braai at the Lapa (Saacosh) and prize giving ceremony

6 March 2015

08:30 – Tea/Coffee;
09:00 – Plant Orientation by the Risk Manager – Jerome Fortuin
09:30 – Plant visit in groups
12:00 – Closing remarks and visitors depart

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SAACOSH (Pty) Ltd is the leading provider of customised safety, health, environmental and quality training services. SAACOSH (Pty) Ltd was first registered as a Closed Corporation (cc) on 19 January 2005, with the aim to establish an organisation that would have as its aim to uplift the professionalism of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Practitioners.