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Our new C5ISR ‘Safety Blitz’ hazard and incident reduction programme

Our C5ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Combat Systems, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance) teams work in a challenging environment every day: multiple customer and contractor crews, side-by-side on platforms and scaffolding, surrounded by hazardous tools and materials. Our employees are continually engaged in a total team effort to identify potential risks, conducting hazard assessments before and during every task. All employees are empowered to initiate ‘Training Time Outs’ and ‘Stop Work’ events to maintain a safe work environment.

At C5ISR, we constantly seek out new ways to drive safety conscious behaviour. ‘Safety Blitz’, a new hazard and incident reduction programme, was launched in 2018 to raise hazard awareness aboard ships or ‘on the deck plate’.

Elements of the programme include:

  • ‘Safety Chats’, to increase health and safety engagement between management and employees. In these one-to-one dialogues, employees explain their responsibilities and actions, covering such topics as personal protective equipment, electrical safety and tool inspection. Responses may result in additional training, procedure review or employee recognition. 69 Safety Chats were completed in the second half of 2018, including some with David Dacquino, Serco Americas CEO, and Kent Brown, Vice President of our C5ISR business;
     
  • ‘Deck Plate Hazard Assessment Cards’, pocket-sized visual aids used to identify hazards for specific tasks such as working on scaffolding, unloading supplies from a truck or preparing for a hot work operation. Teams use the cards to identify potential dangers and ensure all risks are adequately mitigated before commencing work. Completed assessments are reviewed for improvement opportunities and performance initiative recognition; and
     
  • ‘Digital Excel Task Safety Clocks’, tracking days since the last injury. The Task Safety Clock is initiated at task start-up and status updates are posted in the work area. Teams strive to avoid ‘resetting the clock’, whilst this visible and dynamic system helps to promote safety culture for our employees and customers.