Date: 21 July 2021
Topic: Building a speak up culture

If everyone in your organisation feels comfortable speaking up about health and safety concerns, confident in the knowledge they will be heard, you will get a better picture of what’s really going on.  And others, seeing them raising their concerns successfully, will be encouraged to come forward – a kind of virtuous, inclusive cycle. 

Conversely, it can be very frustrating when staff don’t come forward, in spite of all your efforts to encourage them.  You can miss out on hearing critical voices and capturing important intelligence.  At our event, around 60 CIRAS members came together to explore the challenges and benefits of creating a psychologically safe and inclusive reporting culture where people can speak up.

We heard presentations from Loraine Martins OBE, director of diversity and inclusion at Network Rail, and Chris Paddock, safety and competence manager at Ganymede Solutions, who gave their own perspectives and shared what they are doing in this area.  Attendees shared their own experiences, and took away ideas for how to build an open safety culture that will make sure they are always in the know.