What are the key areas for improvement you will focus on this year, as part of Cadeler’s HSEQ Improvement plan for 2020?
To start, I am focusing on improving safety leadership, which is the cornerstone to an enhanced safety culture. The plan includes a Safety Leadership training programme with workshops conducted at all levels of the organisation. This programme will clearly communicate our safety leadership expectations to all managers in the office and onboard our vessels. Since everybody is an integral part of the safety culture, general safety trainings will then be extended to all our personnel, both onshore & offshore. Keeping in mind that cultural change takes time and requires perseverance, the safety training will be followed up over the coming years in various ways – this is only the beginning of the journey.
We also need to ensure subcontractors are fully included in our safety improvement activities as they play an important role in our operations. To do so, we have initiated meetings with the main suppliers where we share Cadeler’s HSEQ expectations and requirements in a simple way, to help them better prepare for the activities they will conduct onboard our vessels. Ensuring all parties are well prepared boosts the likelihood that work scopes are delivered safely and efficiently.
Finally, I believe we should work on improving our reporting culture. Reporting is essential for developing a better safety culture. To build a great reporting culture, you need to nurture it by maintaining a positive atmosphere and a climate of confidence and trust within the company.
In conclusion, safety is not just about compliance, it’s also about being proactive, constantly looking for improvements and seeking assurance that the core HSE tools are functioning as intended. Both managers and employees must ensure that this is the case. The high focus on compliance with industry standards should be supplemented with an equally high focus on improvements, learnings and a proactive attitude.