What does it take for an organisation to believe in zero accidents?
Xavier Bontemps, international HSE leader with over 35 years’ energy industry leadership experience gained from senior roles at BP, Ineos and Total – and most recently as TotalEnergies’ Corporate HSE Director.
Kate Chauviré, Director, Academic Planning and Coordination, CEDEP
With over 35 years’ leadership experience working for global energy companies, Xavier Bontemps discusses how safety has been such a common thread throughout his career, shares how he started his zero journey and outlines the crucial steps involved to achieve a zero cultural mindset based on real life – and sometimes tragic – personal experiences.
For Xavier, aspiring to zero workplace accidents is in vain if leaders do not believe it is possible. A belief in zero workplace accidents is a declaration or statement that appears to be true, that does not require proof, but translates as confidence and trust. And if shared as a collective mindset, this belief becomes the basis of safety as a core value, giving an organisation a conviction.
The safety journey to zero starts when leaders put their own skin in the game and refuse the possibility of a fatality. Leadership of safety performance is therefore mandatory including leadership in operational excellence, in setting standards, in competencies, in managing contractors and in transparency. Trust and confidence therefore grow in an organisation with the belief that accidents can be anticipated and hinges as much on leadership practices as on safety practices.
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