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How safety capability was developed

Hear from Dr Tristan Casey as he explains how safety capability was developed through a collaborative approach with academic institutions, peer reviews and many different stakeholders.

RUN TIME: 1 mins 46 secs

Speaker 1 (00:01):
As I mentioned, there were four academic institutions involved and we drew on contemporary climate and culture and leadership. Peer-reviewed literature models and practices from organisational psychology, human resources, and safety science. And we wove those together to create this concept that we call safety capability as well as the associated measures. We informed it through a collaborative approach, so we engaged with Workplace Health and Safety technical areas. So, uh, representatives from that organisation as well as the Injury Prevention and Management program run by WHSQ industry was not forgotten as part of this process. And we consulted with many different stakeholders across unions, organisations, associations, well, different stakeholder opinions we're all woven into, the materials that we developed. This particular project, the validation process behind the measure was, was very extensive. We used both international and Australian, data to help us get a robust sense that whether this, measure is valid and reliable and actually predicting effective outcomes or important outcomes that we care about.

Speaker 1 (01:04):
Uh, we spent considerable time, uh, trying to look at what types of outcomes, the measures of safety capability projects actually predict, and we found many important and interesting associations. Statistically, the things ranging from near misses, the property damage incidents generally. So psychological stress was also one of the outcomes that we found out to be associated with. And even things like job engagement and job satisfaction. So by measuring your organisation's safety capability with this tool, you're going to be able to get a sense of not only how safe you're likely to be, but also how engaged, happy, satisfied, and psychologically healthy your workers may be in your organisation as well.