Creating Safety Cultures In Off Shore Operations


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This presentation---first presented by noted workplace safety expert, Phil La Duke---focuses on developing a safety culture in overseas operations, but because the venue was in Houston many in the audience assumed the term "off-shore" referred to oil exploration.

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  • Creating Safety Cultures In Off Shore Operations

    1. 1. Creating Safety Cultures In Off-Shore Operations Phil La Duke O/E Learning Presents…
    2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Housekeeping </li></ul><ul><li>Introductions </li></ul>
    3. 3. Culture 101 <ul><li>Norms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Laws (written and informal) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Taboos & Superstitions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Codes of Conduct </li></ul><ul><li>Shared Values </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural Incongruence </li></ul>
    4. 4. Why Do Culture’s Exist? <ul><li>To : </li></ul><ul><li>Achieve Common Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Establish predictable behaviors (norms) </li></ul><ul><li>Keep order and to keep people from killing each other </li></ul>
    5. 5. Vocalize Stereotypes and Prejudices <ul><li>Stereotypes are a form of superstition </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone has prejudices </li></ul><ul><li>Stereotypes and prejudices only have power as long as people remain silent about them. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Understand Your Safety Culture <ul><li>Manners </li></ul><ul><li>Taboos </li></ul><ul><li>Values </li></ul><ul><li>National Culture </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate Culture </li></ul>
    7. 7. Understand the Safety Culture of Your Workforce <ul><li>Manners </li></ul><ul><li>Taboos </li></ul><ul><li>Values </li></ul><ul><li>National Culture </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate Culture </li></ul>
    8. 8. Expect and Identify Differences <ul><li>Cultural differences go far deeper than language </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes a different culture will have a better perspective </li></ul><ul><li>We don’t always understand that when we export a culture final product is a hybrid of the two cultures involved </li></ul><ul><li>It is far easier to build a culture that capitalizes on diversity and differences than on homogeny </li></ul>
    9. 9. Cast the Vision of the Culture you want to create <ul><li>What are the best elements of each culture? </li></ul><ul><li>To What do we as an organization aspire? </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure that your policies reinforce your desired safety culture </li></ul>
    10. 10. Be Flexible <ul><li>Some things that seem essential in one culture are not important in other cultures </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes we don’t really understand why we do things we’ve always done them </li></ul><ul><li>Constructive conflict can be used to develop strong bonds and a good cultural foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize that the off-shore safety culture may differ distinctly from the culture of your domestic locations </li></ul>
    11. 11. Don’t Cop Out <ul><li>Don’t blame the other culture for not adopting your rules </li></ul><ul><li>Actively engage those who behave differently than from the desired state </li></ul>
    12. 12. Conclusion <ul><li>Every organization has a Safety Culture </li></ul><ul><li>Cultures develop to protect their members and govern behavior </li></ul><ul><li>You must first understand your own culture’s strengths and weaknesses before trying to export it </li></ul><ul><li>Casting the vision of the culture you want to create is an important step in exporting a safety culture </li></ul><ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>
    13. 13. Thank You! This presentation is available at
    14. 14. <ul><li>Phil La Duke </li></ul><ul><li>Director, Performance Improvement </li></ul><ul><li>O/E </li></ul><ul><li>2125 Butterfield, Suite 300 N </li></ul><ul><li>Troy, MI 48084 </li></ul><ul><li>248-860-1086 </li></ul>