Coaching for safety (Approved by IOSH) – What is coaching?

I’m probably not the only safety practitioner to have characterised him/herself as a coach – plenty do. For me, having to develop the safety skills of a team of people positioned around an organisation, each with a high degree of local knowledge and influence, so that they might coordinate safety initiatives on my behalf, was the reason I began to regard what I did as a practitioner, as ‘coaching’. Having recruited several practitioners, and therefore having interviewed dozens, I know that this is a common interpretation of what coaching is amongst safety people – being able to do something well and instructing others in it and demonstrating to them how it’s done, much as a swimming instructor might at the local pool. But as important as these skills are, they’re not coaching skills; they’re simply being able to provide information, instruction and training. And in actual fact, real coaching skills are altogether more exciting and more important to the modern safety practitioner, at least to those aspiring to reach senior positions within the profession. Read more here If you would like to learn more about how to increase your effectiveness through better coaching skills, including details of the next open IOSH Approved Coaching for safety course, please call Michael on 01706 217122 or 07921914099...

Coaching for safety (Approved by IOSH) Linked-In group

I’m extremely pleased to announce the creation of a coaching for safety group on Linked-In. Coaching for safety (Approved by IOSH) was created to promote coaching skills for safety practitioners. Two common mis-conceptions about coaching for safety are: – 1. Coaching is about demonstrating an ability you have to others so that they become better at it. It isn’t, not at all – coaching is about much more than that; and 2. Coaching for safety is related to behavioural safety. It isn’t – but we do believe that taking the time to develop coaching skills before a behavioural safety implementation is vital if some of the more problematic aspects of behavioural safety are to be managed. Practitioners who are coaches use highly developed listening and questioning skills to explore with duty-holders the problems they face and identify the most suitable solutions for them. We believe that without coaching skills, practitioners fall short of their true potential; technically proficient perhaps, but ultimately ill-equipped to provide the support managers and others need. However, combined with the specialist knowledge and understanding qualified safety practitioners have about the law and the standards that have to be achieved and how other organisations have solved problems, coaching skills help practitioners to be the valuable, collaborative partners businesses need them to be. We encourage fair and constructive debate, professional development and knowledge sharing. If you have any feedback, comments or ideas, your voice is crucial and it will be heard –...

“The most important course”

Peter Clark, Divisional SHE Manager with Service Graphics Limited, a St. Ives Company, attended the IOSH Approved Coaching for safety course on 4th and 5th September 2013. A week later he wrote to me with the most extraordinary feedback. These are Peter’s words entirely. “Since I finished your training course I’ve thought of little else. Now it’s sunk in, I genuinely believe it is the most important health and safety course I have taken and I have already applied coaching techniques with success in the workplace. I was also interested in Helen’s issues. I considered what she was saying and that essentially, in her experience, it was unlikely that a manager would approach her for a coaching session to resolve an issue. I did hold some sympathy for her and can certainly see situations in which the coaching techniques we have begun to learn could be applied to overcome safety issues in the workplace that hadn’t previously been identified (i.e. by the coachee). I thought about a model in which the approach needn’t necessarily be made by the coachee and one that didn’t necessarily end with the conclusion of the session.”  Read more here If you would like to learn more about how to increase your effectiveness through better coaching skills, including details of the next open IOSH Approved Coaching for safety course, please call Michael on 01706 217122 or 07921914099...

Press release – IOSH Approved Coaching for safety

Lancashire-based consultancy Securus Health & Safety Limited are predicting ‘a growing realisation’ in the coming months and years of the importance of soft-skills training for safety practitioners. Owner and director Michael Emery believes that it’s coaching skills in particular that practitioners need to be the collaborative partners organisations want them to be and to this end he has developed a Coaching for safety course which has IOSH approval. All safety people, whatever their level of technical competence, are invited to attend this unique 2-day training event designed to equip them with well-known and widely-practiced coaching skills and to raise their effectiveness in the workplace. Read more here   A brilliantly engaging course – refreshingly delivered – not like any other course. Peter Clark, Divisional SHE Manager, Service Graphics Limited, Part of the St. Ives Group of Companies. It became clear very early on in day 1 that it is imperative that safety practitioners develop and use coaching skills – I would absolutely recommend this course to others. PatriciaThompson-Wright, HSEQ Adviser, Inspire. Places for the IOSH Approved Coaching for safety course on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th November are limited. To avoid disappointment book today by calling Michael on 01706 217122 or 07921914099 or via email on...