Safety Lessons From Star Wars

Ever since first seeing Star Wars as a baby, I was hooked. Like so many others, I used to pretend to be a Jedi, jumping off of objects whilst brandishing a toy Light Sabre. As my Mom would inform you at this time, many thousands of dollars’ price of damage was performed, and plenty of neighbours traumatised, whilst I was in ‘Jedi Coaching’.

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As I’ve grown older, I have not had time to proceed my Jedi coaching, much to the delight of my Mom and the Neighbourhood. As an alternative I’ve opted to settle for a job as a Nationwide Well being, Security Atmosphere and Quality Supervisor for Alliance Energy and Data, based in East Perth, Western Australia. My love of Star Wars nonetheless, is as strong because the day as I first noticed it.

After lately re-watching your complete Star Wars series, I have seen it in a completely new light. It occurred to me that although the Jedi’s were vastly smaller in number, they have been nonetheless capable of compete in opposition to a a lot larger military, by only implementing and making use of a few features which are now thought of to be the fundamentals of an Occupational Health and Security System.

Lesson One: Incident Investigations

It is a sad point in your life while you realise that solely yourself and a select handful of mates and household will be trusted. Remember when Obi-Wan Kenobi used the ‘Jedi Thoughts Trick’ on the incident investigating Storm troopers? Although they’re Jedi’s, the portrayed ‘good-guys’, the act itself does provide a powerful case that people making an attempt to avoid prosecution, irrespective of inherently good or bad, will use any means at their disposal to be found not responsible.

Many occasions while on site, I found myself caught in the middle of an Incident Investigation resembling a sandstorm. Almost each Occupational Health and Safety Professional can relate to this. Why do I call it a sandstorm? Well it is just like a traditional sandstorm within the desert; unprepared, you realize that you are going to get belted from each route for an undefined and extended time frame. You additionally know that it is going to inflict ranging levels of ache; each psychological and physical, leading to you doubting and questioning your individual skills and beliefs in your place. Add to this the actual fact that you simply can’t see what to do or where to go until after the sandstorm settles and ultimately clears.

Like most others, my normal incident investigation sandstorm included;

Several differing versions of the unfolded occasions,
Several differing sequences of events,
Several differing fingers of blame being pointed, and
An abundance of choose words of the English language being used both in the direction of myself or others.

I won’t lie, during these occasions I wished nothing more than my own fully functioning mild sabre.

So how will we plan the straightforward incontrovertible fact that we’re going to be misled?

The Jedi’s had a Council that mentioned matters, with a bit inexperienced man that would see into the future. From my experience, companies have had a number of degrees of Council’s and Committees, however lack the flexibility of using said little inexperienced man at their disposal.

With this in thoughts, implementing a robust Incident Investigation Procedure is an efficient begin. This may embrace the documentation of; Preliminary Studies, Witness Statements, Accident and ICAM/Taproot findings and implementation of required actions. The truth is between the lines of all these hand written statements combined. It is as much as the Safety Professional to ensure they are not treated like a Stormtrooper, and are the sufferer of one other’s ‘Jedi Mind Trick’ whilst investigating.

Lesson Two: Leading From the Entrance

I’ve been there, you’ve got been there, we’ve all been there. Everyone has sooner or later in their life, had a boss who walked around believing they’re either Genghis Khan or Adolf Hitler. Both influential individuals used concern within their organisation to acquire what they desired. Okay, so perhaps a bit overdramatic with the overall stereotype of a boss, but remember that Khan fell off his horse due to fatigue and Hitler poisoned himself. Either means both left their organisation early because of the culture they carried out and nurtured.

Shifting away from the transient history lesson of historical Dictatorial lunatics, in Star Wars, Queen Amidala ruled Naboo. In addition to from the fact that I personally would do anything for Natalie Portman, her subjects in her rule also adore her. She uses; forward considering, fairness and fights for the rights of her individuals whilst sustaining a Diplomatic mindset while ruling over her constituents. She has the respect of her organisation and leads from the entrance when required. So am I flawed in stating that this is an efficient example of a CEO and Common Supervisor when initiating change with security?

Seeing Miss Portman working round with her topics, defending her ‘workplace’ with a number of handguns, turned a 6ft tall, 105kg male right into a love-struck drooling pre-teen. Like her servants, I might be part of her trigger and follow with out ever questioning her choices.

Now my present boss is in his thirties and married. If all of a sudden he copied Queen Amidala’s instance and ran around the workplace with a handgun, it can be a cause for concern that might more than likely contain the services of the West Australian Police. The underlying precept however is there that if a company is critical about bringing around change in security, it must be led by a figurehead of an organization who can walk and discuss security.

This figurehead required to drive this change, is an individual or group that has not solely the respect, but the trust of the workforce, throughout all ranges of the organisation.

Lesson Three: Use the Assets Accessible

Han Solo was hired by Luke Skywalker to help him to journey to Alderaan. His quick time period purpose was to rescue the Princess Leia. Luke didn’t have the required equipment or expertise to carry out such a activity by himself alone, so required the skin assistance of Han Solo and Chewbacca to achieve his quick-time period goal. The same might be said for Jabba the Hutt in hiring Jango and finally Boba Fett to carry out bounty looking work on his behalf.

Without the hiring of subcontractors each Luke and Jabba wouldn’t of been in a position to achieve their brief time period targets.

In safety, organising and approving the selected Sub-Contractors could be the distinction between short term goals being achieved, or failing miserably. Checks for Pre-Qualification for selection should be performed. Data on; insurances, obtainable scopes of labor and examples of contractor talents to carry out mentioned tasks are vital in guaranteeing that the outsourced work does not affect on the title of the business. Measures to ensure the contractor has means at their disposal to perform the duty each safely and within a scope of time, must be included in an organisations safety system. This leads us nicely into the next lesson.

Lesson Four: At all times Do Your Analysis

Luke, mate, seriously, she is your twin sister. I can turn the blind eye to the truth that on the time he did not know, however sadly the identical logic cannot be utilized to errors with safety.

Background checking potential personnel has now develop into an business normal. Applying with the identical precept as ‘Lesson One: At all times Plan to be Misled’, an employer or PCBU must examine the validity and integrity of the persons involved of their undertakings, to guard the business.

So if Luke had waited, and performed all of the business standard checks before embarking to enlist Princess Leia into his company, would prevented tarnishing his identify?

A Security Professional must include in their Occupational Health and Security System;
Character References Checks,
Earlier Work History Checks,
Validity of Licences and
Qualification/Education Acquired Validity.

Working intently with a Human Sources Division is always useful as in recent years, Occupational Well being and Safety has moved in on territory beforehand owned and dominated by a HR Division.

Lesson Five: Don’t Market to Youngsters

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace would have been an amazing film, if Jar-Jar Binks was merely a background character. The backlash skilled from the introduction of Jar-Jar into the movie franchise, precipitated George Lucas to rethink and re-write the remaining motion pictures, allocating him as minimal strains as potential. Lucas himself admits that the character was placed and targeted to draw children to the franchise. The character was mainly faraway from all future movies, as it was damaging the status of Mr Lucas’ business.

So why the uproar? Simply put, he was an idiot, cracking unfunny jokes, requiring fixed babysitting and usually not listening to anything that any person in authority would instruct him to do. In short, not a mannequin worker to have in any organisation, no thoughts preaching security to.

With office fatalities in Australia for the monetary 12 months 2010 at 124, and the same interval in 2009 at 177, Safety Professionals can merely not afford to have any personnel exhibiting traits of Jar-Jar Binks inside their organisation. Security Techniques are designed and carried out to protect the workforce, but just like the outdated saying goes, ‘you can lead a horse to water’. Unfortunately, individuals exhibiting Jar-Jar like traits can only be dealt with by following the instance of Mr Lucas; to remove them from the organisation earlier than they cause harm to the repute of the enterprise.

Lesson Six: Practice Your Workforce

The ‘Imperial Military’ is of impressive size, majority consisting of Stormtroopers. By no means in the Star Wars sequence, do you see any form of training being administered to the Sith Army. None, in anyway. No lengthy montage footage of them in training at all. The result of which, has caused an entire army of individuals who do not know how one can shoot their blaster at their target in a straight line. Sure, every every so often one gets fortunate, but for the sheer amount of numbers, the statistics for ‘hit to overlook’ ratio could be appalling.

This begs the query that if the Dark Lords established a HSEQ Division to monitor and overview some Key Performance Indicators, and hired a Coach/Assessor for their training programs, could they of modified the eventual consequence of the battle?

The Jedi’s were tremendously smaller in number, but administered a widely regarded and revered training program, recognized all through the Universe. It was particularly designed to build skills and knowledge of an people use of the ‘the drive’. This coaching program held a sure degree of respect all through normal society and the Universe as an entire. Each Jedi knew the; course of, coaching necessities and information required to be obtained, to progress to the subsequent stage. A stronger Jedi, meant a stronger Jedi organisation.

Ok I admit that the Jedi’s had some hiccups on the best way, but I do not assume I’m going to spoil the movie for anybody by saying that ultimately, the Jedi’s gained.

The identical can be said for coaching of a business workforce. Corporations are realising that by elevating the level of the standard of their basic worker by way of training and coaching, they increase the quality of labor being produced by their company. Fairly simple in idea really, utility nevertheless is where it turns into tough.

Certified Coach/Assessors are more in demand than ever. Finding one with experience, no thoughts one at all is near inconceivable. Just like when a young Luke Skywalker was searching to be trained, only two Jedi’s have been rumoured to be in existence. These two Jedi’s have been Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda. Obi-Wan was in found within the desert and Yoda had retired, refusing to prepare anybody and dwelling near a swamp.

Very similar to Trainer/Assessors at present, most are both following Obi-Wans example, and are in the desert with a Mine Site, or retired and refusing to prepare anyone, like Yoda.

Making certain a completely competent workforce also aids in reducing the risks related to workplace incidents and fatalities. When you ignore Star Wars III: Clone Wars, the place each Jedi, bar a handful are brutally slaughtered, the Jedi’s had a reasonably low Loss Time Damage Rate.

So if we as Safety Professionals need to cut back the amount of LTI’s and incidents as a whole, we require a coaching program worthy of a Jedi. This coaching program however has to ensure you don’t employ anybody named Anakin Skywalker.

Lesson Seven: Increase the Tradition – The Indigenous Are Allies

In Star Wars I-III, allegiances have been chosen and an Alliance was formed to defend the larger good of the Council. This Alliance consisted of many differing races, from all various reaches of the Universe. A workforce was built, with each individual race having a specific skill set which strengthened the organisation.

Okay readers, here’s a revelation which many people appear to overlook, Australia is ‘terra nullius’: land that belongs to no one. It does not matter if you are seventh era Australian, it’s not yours. After the landmark Mabo case decision in 1992, and the following Native Title Act of 1993, the legislation now states in black and white that it is now not ‘terra nullius’. The Native Title Act of 1993 paved the way for Indigenous and Torres Strait Islanders to legally reclaim the land which was forcefully faraway from them, because the arrival of the first Fleet on Australian shores in 1788.

So in Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi, we met the Ewoks, the Indigenous land house owners of Endor. Presumably residing there for a lot of generations, the Ewoks had established their very own; colonies, customs, tradition and beliefs. Now the Jedi’s and the Rebel Alliance required the help of the Ewoks to realize their desired intentions. Instead of invading their land and enslaving the indigenous house owners, like the primary Fleet, the Jedi’s worked with and alongside them. Concert With using technology, specifically a robot named C-3P0, they had been able to construct the bridge required to create a relationship between the two differing established organisations and work together in the direction of a common purpose.

Now no matter this widespread goal is in our society, I’ll go away as much as the 2 disputing parties to determine.

Whilst on the Ewoks native land, the Rebel Alliance educated the indigenous inhabitants, increasing their ability to perform of their natural setting. It aided their widespread goal. So if this worked for them, why cannot it work for us?

Many companies now have Indigenous and Multi-Cultural Employment Opportunities. Australia is blessed with being a multi-cultural nation. Personally, I’ve had the privilege of working alongside individuals not solely of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, however from varied differing nations, with widely contrasting cultures, customs and beliefs. Between the two of us, we shared information which furthered each our information and understanding to perform our working duties better.

So what are the classes to take from here?

Firstly, for two vastly completely different societies, a typical objective must be found.

The objective, both short and long run, should be useful for everyone concerned. Like with most conferences between two events that are vastly different, there’s all the time going to be times which are frustrating and stressful. The Ewoks almost cooked and devoured their future work colleagues upon their first assembly! Nonetheless they established a standard goal and carried out a plan. All the time they were surrounded by individuals who didn’t want their plan to thrive into fruition however, by working collectively, both events achieved their widespread purpose.

One other lesson to study, pertains to using the same idea and utility of the Jedi’s coaching of the Ewoks.

A goal of a Security Skilled should be to ensure that the information contained in training packages and security documentation is easily understandable to anyone and everybody. I have always based mostly my systems on the ‘KISS’ methodology, ‘Keep It Easy Silly’. This is my own way of making certain that personnel with restricted ability and use of the English language can nonetheless obtain a Responsibility of Care. This utility of the Responsibility of Care pertains that they receive the identical assessment level and outcomes of a safety training package, because the personnel who are fluent with the English language. This aids in decreasing the risk of incidents brought on by cultural and language obstacles.

Lesson Eight: Private Protective Gear

So within the opening scenes of Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Again, Luke Skywalker is patrolling a baron sub-zero setting, while wearing layer after layer of clothes, designed to create and retain body heat within the chilly environment.

After being held captive by a native Wampa, Luke is ready to stay alive in the atmosphere, thanks to the clothes that were issued to him. The PPE used within the surroundings was practicable and related to his working duties.

Evaluate this to the Sith. The Sith Army wears uniform armour, with the common information that it is simply no match for the Jedi’s Light Sabre or Blaster. So with that in mind, why proceed carrying it?

Using the example of the Sith’s non-practical use of the armour, organisations must ensure that their Private Protective Tools (PPE) is practicable and related for use throughout the workforce.

Just like the Stormtroopers, it is a powerful picture for all personnel of an organisation to be uniform, but the reality is, differing parts of the organisation require differing objects of non-public Protecting Equipment to make sure they stay alive whilst performing various working duties.

Lesson Nine: Women within the Workforce

The Rebel Alliance appeared to be the only social gathering in a galaxy far, far away to hear of Equal Alternative Employment. Given that the two women in query were actually royalty, they nonetheless have been the one distinguished females within the franchise.

The Sith alternatively, had none. What would Germaine Greer have to say about that I’m wondering? They failed to change their system to incorporate females, in what could possibly be thought of a male dominated trade. Just like many Mine Site’s a decade ago, women had been stereotyped by the Sith, and not included in their plans for domination of the Universe.

Thankfully instances have changed lately, the place females are actually performing duties previously owned solely by males.

With this in thoughts, a security system needs to include the adjustments to the male: feminine ratio of the workforce. It’s a scientific undeniable fact that with manual dealing with, a 120kg male miner would have the ability to lift a heavier object with ease, compared to a female miner that weighed half that. So with the modifications to society to what was previously regarded as a ‘male position’, does your security system present an environment that reduces the danger to females in a male dominated space?

Implementing provisions for female workers can be so simple as purchasing PPE designed for women, or providing further coaching in areas similar to guide handling. The inclusion of labor Plans for during and post pregnancy are additionally helpful to make sure your organisation will increase the variety of Jedi’s for years to come back.

In order you’ll be able to see, I’m nonetheless in love with Star Wars in any case these years. I am a self-confessed nerd in relation to the franchise. As standard, I’ve thought way an excessive amount of into the motion pictures and used it as a platform for writing about another love of mine, Occupational Health and Safety. But I like to think that I’ve a sound level.

So if a Safety Skilled follows the Jedi’s instance and be sure that they; set up, implement, monitor and review the above ‘classes’, will the system forestall the organisation from ending up just like the Imperial Empire? Like previously acknowledged in ‘Lesson Six: Prepare Your Workforce’, in theory it could, but software is the place it becomes hard.

“Concern leads to anger, anger results in hate, hate results in suffering” -Grasp Yoda

Concern of not figuring out or understanding easy methods to safely performing a task, can turn into hate. This hate either turns into focused in direction of a staff disregard for both: their own firm, their co-employees well being and safety, or their own well being and security. From this hate, it can flip into suffering, as one of many previously talked about three events, are exposed to varying sorts of potential suffering, starting from medical or financial.

Using the above lesson from Master Yoda, is the first frequent aim of all Safety Professionals to make sure that your workforce is fully competent and has a whole understanding of the best way to safely carry out duties concerned of their each day working duties. Only by applying the beforehand stated classes will aid in your organisation and office repelling the ‘Dark Facet’.

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