Society has a higher expectation to work in safe and healthy workplaces where people are respected and supported. In addition to the #metoo campaigns which have highlighted the importance of healthy workplace relationships, as well as mental wellbeing initiatives, the trend these days is for tougher Health and Safety legislation and clearer accountability. These facts are compelling companies to look at health and safety in a new way.
Evaluation is way more than looking at lagging injury statistics. It is a prime element of progressive health and safety systems. Whether your organisation is addressing #metoo issues, or using approaches based on Safety II, Safety Differently, HOP, culture development models, or New View, or anything else new and exciting (such as virtual reality, augmented reality…), we provide the tools that you can use to evaluate any initiative.
Orange Umbrella has been working in this speciality niche since 2010. We look at performance, specifically, how is all the work you are doing in health and safety actually making a difference for your front-line workers in your business? And what kind of difference is it? What is the evidence you can provide to your board? To your enforcement agency? To your insurer? To your customers?
These questions can be answered through an Orange Umbrella evaluation. Health and safety systems require a significant investment and resource. They are living breathing and ever-changing. To cope with the dynamic nature of work, it is essential to have the information coming in to know what is working and what is not working, so systems can evolve. Otherwise, how are decisions being made?
Orange Umbrella tools promote performance by:
Generating reliable and valid quantitative data so everyone can assess where the good and poor areas are.
Implementing processes that promote and model a culture of respect and collaboration, tailored to the needs of your workforce.
Using restorative principles to heal and promote positive and functional (and thriving) workplace relationships.
Ensuring that knowledge is transferred to your organisation so great performance continues beyond the evaluation itself.
Ability to compare with other businesses while keeping an in depth view of your own workplace.
Ensuring you use the information gathered from the evaluation to help the people in your organisation.
Traditional Incident statistics, audits, and lag indicators provide only part of the picture. In a governance role you need to know where the company's "red flag" risks are and that they are being managed:
Where is your organisation’s health and safety culture falling short and exposing your people to unacceptable risk?
How do you know what future risks are?
How do you know that the solution you have invested in is the right one?
How do you know how engaged people are in its success?
How do you know and show that it has reduced risk?
Unless you are using a process like NewHeights™ to strategically lead health and safety decision-making, there may be cause to worry.
"We achieved a conservatively estimated Return on Investment of 250% and savings continue as we keep improving year on year." Company CEO
"At our company, the safety and wellbeing of all employees is the most important value we hold, and we continue to focus on excellence and continuous improvement in relation to our safety culture, policies, and procedures. One of the key elements to the on-going development of our safety culture has been Orange Umbrella®, which has already delivered significant results". Company CEO