Posted on: September 6, 2011 Posted by: Diane Swarts Comments: 0

The South African Safety, Health and Environment Forum (Sashef) presents a free half day safety behavioural seminar on 8 November 2011 in Johannesburg.

The venue is at 3M South Africa, 146 A Kelvin Drive, Woodmead, Johannesburg, at 08:30 to 13:00. The agenda includes presentations on 3M and Delta PPE services, sheq challenges from millennial generation workers by Natalie Skeepers, global behavioural safety trends by Francois Smith, and a finger lunch.

‘Generation Y’ Millennial workers

Generation ‘Y’ workers, also named Millennials, pose new challenges to sheq management, in the context of new employment and business practices. Employers and safety practitioners should adapt their training methods, rules of engagement and corporate culture to appeal to talented Millennials.

SHEQ practice could no longer use the ‘same old’ programmes to ensure that workplaces remain safe, healthy, and relevant. “One of the biggest challenges for business today is integrating Millennial ‘twenty somethings’ into the established ‘baby boom’ culture”, says presenter Natalie Skeepers. “Younger workers arrive with distinct ideas about what they expect from jobs and workplaces.” Skeepers will explain how to use new electronic social networks to enhance workplace safety programs.

Natalie Skeepers started her career as a health inspector and later became a health and safety manager. She had worked in health and safety practice for 16 years, managing national sheq, risk and wellness programs for Iscor (Mittal), Afrisam (Holcim), Standard Bank, Deloitte and Touche, and Transnet. She also worked as an assistant director at the Department of Labour.

Skeepers is Transnet Health and Safety executive manager, involved in policy and procedures for 25 000 workers at Transnet Freight Rail. Her qualifications include MPhil in HIV /AIDS management, Masters degree in Health, Safety and Environment, Post Graduate Diploma in HIV /AIDS, BTech in Environmental Health, National Diploma in Public Health, and an executive management program at University of Elyon in Paris and India.

She serves on the Johannesburg Water board, and SABS technical committee for SANS 201 on HIV/AIDS, is a member of the UK Institute of Occupational Health (IOSH) and chartered member of the American Society for Safety Engineers (ASSE).

Global sheq trends

Developments in safety practice internationally were revealed at a recent American Society for Safety Engineers (ASSE) conference in Chicago, USA. Francois Smith, an ASSE member, will report from the conference, and explain the concept of high reliability organisations (HRO), a field of specialisation in safety science that is enjoying considerable attention and focus among leading employers.

The presenter will also share latest initiatives in behavioural safety, including a locally developed version based on mongoose behaviour, named ‘Safety the Meerkat Way’. Francois Smith is a highly qualified, experienced and internationally professionally registered corporate health and safety manager, and current strategist for several blue chip employer boards and executives.

Smith completed safety engineering studies in the USA and has participated in numerous projects and greenfield developments around the world, recently providing strategic safety support at a mining project in the Philippines.

Smith completed his thesis for a Masters degree in behaviour and organisational science, and has worked with world leaders like Dr E Scott Geller in the USA, David G Broadbent in Australia, and Dr Paul Swuste in Netherlands. He has implemented numerous behaviour safety and organisation culture change processes in Africa and internationally.

• Book your free attendance with Sashef by 1 November 2011, via

PHOTO; Natalie Skeepers, presenter at a Sashef sheq practice seminar.


Leave a Comment