Unzipping the secrets of the mind

A fascinating new training program from BHP Billiton Iron Ore is putting extra ZIP into safety management.

A fascinating new training program from BHP Billiton Iron Ore is putting extra ZIP into safety management.

The Zero Harm leadership training program called ZIP (Zero Incident Process) is being rolled out across Iron Ore to strengthen behavioural safety programs and improve overall safety management.

The ZIP program was recently launched in Rail Track Maintenance, with the broader roll-out across Iron Ore commencing in July and expecting to take three years.

The program includes a two-day session and a follow-up day which are designed to help people understand how their mind works and how their own thinking patterns influence their attitudes and behaviours on safety and risk management.

According to the company, many people have already been introduced to one of the core elements of ZIP: the Personal Big Five.

“The Personal Big Five are the things that are most important to us, whether it’s your wife, your footy team or your new boat,” Vice President of Health, Safety and Environment Steve McFadden explained.

“What’s this got to do with safety? – Well, the things that are most important on a personal level are the best reason to keep ourselves safe. Rather than seeing safety as something that costs us time at work, we should be thinking of it as buying us time with the people or things that matter most to us,” McFadden said.

“We already have excellent safety programs and systems and ZIP isn’t trying to replace them, but it will support them and make them more effective, particularly in behavioural safety.

“One of the points that came up in almost all of the Safety Week workshops in Iron Ore was the need for more education and training around safety awareness. I think people will get a lot out of the ZIP workshops.”

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