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  1. How can someone reach the top of the profession and become a leader in OHS?

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    Wayne Harris Chairman of ISQEM

    During my travels Im often asked the question how can someone reach the top in our profession and be recognised as a leader of OHS. I have listed below the top ten things that I recommend to people who either work for me, or I have mentored.

    1. Think outside of the box and challenge normal ways of doing EHS.
    2. Make sure you do not stagnate in one industry sector, be diverse and learn.
    3. Think, act and talk like a businessman as well as an EHS professional.
    4. Learn skills such as marketing, Public Relations, HR and finance.
    5. Create your own personal image to reflect what you want to achieve.
    6. Network at the right levels of the profession.
    7. Visibility, get known locally and internationally.
    8. Keep your knowledge up to date with latest trends, good and bad ones.
    9. Seek and take advice when you need it
    10. Always remember it takes a team to really make a success, so never claim you did it all yourself.

    I know we can add all types of other attributes and values we need to adopt such as, communication, trust, respect, integrity, sensitivity etc., but what people need to do is have hard look at how they are perceived by others.

    One of the main problems I have come across for people failing to progress in this industry is that they are out of date with business needs and the commercial world. In todays economic climate OHS professionals need to bring true business added value to their organisation.

    Wayne Harris
    Chairman of ISQEM
    www.isqem.com
  2. My Personal Safety Quotes:

    Over the years I have come up with several of my own safety and leadership quotations that I have used either in conferences, meetings or training sessions. Sometimes you can say just a few words and the message sticks with people for the rest of their lives. I have put below a few of my favourites that I have had success with when trying to make people accept their responsibilities and become leaders. Hopefully people will find useful to use during their own HSE or OHS training etc.


    "Good leaders are those who know how to motivate and challenge people at all levels of an organization to achieve their best performance. In addition they support and provide the resources necessary to ensure it is possible to meet the goals that have been set.

    No one cares how much you know about safety, until they know you can add to their success

    If you want to be a safety leader you must have innovation to succeed

    I may not be a financial director, but I can help reduce your financial loss

    If you dont consider safety part of your leadership strategy, then youre in the wrong job

    A company director who thinks safety is a costly overhead should resign at the first opportunity

    Only a fool would take a risk that would lose money or cause personal injury

    You cant say cutback on safety, and build a successful business in the same sentence

    Real leaders know when to motivate and when to stand up for change


    Wayne Harris
    Chairman of ISQEM

    www.isqem.com