2013 - Investors in People recertification
We are pleased to announce that The Keil Centre passed its Investors in People recertification with flying colours in January 2013. The assessor commented that progress has been made since the last successful audit 3 years ago.
2011 - Partnership with IChemE recognised
Over the years The Keil Centre has developed a close working relationship with The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE). Our senior staff have presented papers at IChemE safety conferences, and The Keil Centre also runs a successful human factors professional development programme jointly with IChemE.
IChemE recently have developed a new grade of membership - Associate Fellow - and Ronny Lardner has been invited to become one of the first such members. This grade has been developed to recognise senior individuals who are exemplar professionals within their own field , have made a significant contribition to IChemE, but are not eligible to become Chemical Engineers .
Ronny was awarded with his Associate Fellow membership at a ceremony in Reading on 10 February.
2010 - Division of Occupational Psychology Award
Keil Centre Directors Louise Clarkson and Ken Gray were shortlisted for the BPS Division of Occupational Psychology's Practitioner of the Year Award, 2010. Both attended the awards ceremony at The Tavistock Centre. The commendation was in recognition of their work with RPID, a Scottish Government Directorate.
2009 - Safety Culture Maturity® project wins national safety award in New Zealand
KiwiRail took the supreme award at the New Zealand Workplace Health and Safety Awards 2009 gala dinner, held at SKYCITY Convention Centre in Auckland last night. The awards, in their fifth year, are organised by Safeguard magazine and proudly supported by the New Zealand Department of Labour.
Safeguard managing editor Peter Bateman, who was on the judging panel, says KiwiRail impressed the judges with its commitment to measure its own safety culture by engaging an outside facilitator to conduct confidential focus groups involving staff. The facilitation was undertaken by The Keil Centre's New Zealand distributor, Hillary Bennett, using our Safety Culture Maturity® method.
Said Peter, "This sophisticated project generated an impressive list of roadblocks to better health and safety, but also ways to overcome them. More than this, the process helped to seriously engage staff and management in health and safety concerns and served to underpin the success of other safety initiatives. This was quite a brave project for management to approve, as to some extent it handed over power to an outsider working confidentially with ordinary staff, with no way to control or predict the outcomes. But the outcomes prove the risk was worthwhile."
The winner of the supreme award - the Department of Labour/ACC Best Overall Contribution to Improving Health and Safety in New Zealand - was decided from among the winners of the eight award categories open to organisations. KiwiRail's initiative also won the category NZ Safety Best Initiative to Encourage Engagement in Health & Safety.
2008 - APPEA Health & Safety Innovation Award
Woodside Energy, Australia, has won the 2008 APPEA Health and Safety Innovation Award for developing and implementing their Our Safety Culture framework. APPEA is the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association.
Our Safety Culture is the name Woodside gives to its Health and safety Behaviour Standard, which was initially developed by The Keil Centre for Woodside Energy.
Collecting the award from APPEA Chairman, Mr Eric Streitberg, on behalf of Woodside, was Human Factors Advisor, Emily Novatsis, who said receiving the award was satisfying because it recognises the work of a host of people that contributed to the development and application of the Our Safety Culture framework within Woodside.
"Receiving the award is further evidence that we’re on the right track, but the ongoing challenge is how we continue to reinforce the behaviours in Our Safety Culture framework to drive improved safety throughout our operations."
Woodside’s Our Safety Culture framework defines the positive or effective behaviours that result in excellent health and safety performance and a strong safety culture at Woodside. It also specifies the negative or ineffective behaviours that undermine or result in poor health and safety performance and a weak safety culture at Woodside.
2008 - British Psychological Society's Practitioner Awards: Health & Wellbeing Project Award
At the British Psychological Society's Occupational Psychology 2008 Practitioner Awards, Ronny Lardner, Director of The Keil Centre Ltd, was awarded the Health and Wellbeing Project Award. The project is described below.
At the award ceremony in London on 12 November 2008, the award committee commented on how shortlisted nominees had brought about positive change in the client organisations, been rigorous and ethical in their approach, and had applied theory in a novel and interesting way. They said that these projects were exemplars for the type of work Occupational Psychologists should be striving to produce. For more details, please click here
Project Title: Unlocking Safety Culture Excellence – Our Behaviour is the Key
Project summary: Three international companies – Wood Group; GlaxoSmithKline and Woodside Energy - embarked on a series of linked projects to strengthen their existing safety culture, thus reducing the risk of industrial accidents. These unique projects developed and deployed a simple user-friendly method to recognise that good safety performance depends on safe thinking style and behaviour at all levels of the organisation. The method integrated existing external knowledge with company-specific examples.
Whilst the method was designed by Ronny Lardner in conjunction with each company, it was almost entirely delivered by in-company personnel, enhancing credibility and internal capacity. This was achieved whilst working with clients possessing varying levels of behavioural science knowledge and skills. Amongst the benefits were a measurable improvement in safety leadership behaviours and safety culture; a reduction in incident rates & severity; three company or industry safety awards; strong backing from workforce and unions; strengthening of each company’s external reputation; and recognition and uptake of this approach by many other international companies.
In 2006 Ronny and his colleague Richard Scaife were joint recipients of the British Psychological Society's Division of Occupational Psychology 2006 Practitioner of the Year Award. For more details please see here
2008 - Healthy Working Lives Bronze Award
The Keil Centre has been successful in achieving the Bronze standard in the Healthy Working Lives Award Programme.
Healthy Working Lives aims to improve health and well-being in the workplace and make this an integral part of Scottish corporate culture. The Keil Centre had to submit a detailed portfolio of evidence, including details of their staff development, health checks, H&S log and company sports events, which received very positive feedback from the HWL committee.
2007 - Offshore Contractors Association Challenge Award
A project designed by The Keil Centre and Wood Group (North Sea) Ltd's Apache contract personnel won this award at a recent ceremony in Aberdeen. The Challenge Awards acknowledge and reward the outstanding achievements and successes of associated OCA members of all sizes across the UK.
For more information, please contact Ronny Lardner.
2007 - GlaxoSmithKline EHS Award
A safety culture improvement initiative designed by The Keil Centre and jointly delivered with a team from GlaxoSmithKline's Irvine site has won first place in their company's worldwide CEO's Environment, Health and Safety Excellence Awards This project, which has been carried out over the past year, involved the majority of the site's 600 employees and contractors and has resulted in many tangible benefits, and sharing of their experience across the company and with the wider Chemical Process Industry.
John Hunter, EHS Leader said "We chose The Keil Centre to help us because of their reputation including relevant publications and research articles into the subject matter. In a relatively short period of time we have realised many benefits in terms of observable EHS behaviours at all levels within the site. We particularly appreciated The Keil Centre's professionalism throughout the project, the way in which they interacted with our staff and their assistance to implement the programme. We recognise the Site is now on a journey towards a more mature safety culture - with the implementation of the EHS Behaviour Standard in 2007 we've made a great start but realise the need for ongoing focus and support to sustain the benefits."
2007 - Wood Group Chairman's Award
A Human Factors implementation project, designed by The Keil Centre and delivered with company HSE specialists, won the prestigious WoodGroup Chairman's HSE award. WoodGroup is a leading international engineering services company, operating from bases around the world.
This project involved increasing the company's Human Factors capability, strengthening safety culture and safety behaviour at all levels of the organisation, and deepening understanding of Human Factors at work.
2007 - Investors in People
After recent re-assessment, we are pleased to announce that our Investors in People status has been awarded for the third time.
The IiP assessor particularly commended our strengths in the following areas:
- the sense of ownership and personal responsibility that is encouraged amongst staff at all levels;
- the quality of induction process and training for new employees;
- the use of our own tools in-house (eg. SCMM, StressTools) for the benefit of our staff and business
- the depth of our business plan and the performance and development review process .
2006 - Occupational Psychology Practitioner of the Year
In September 2006, The Keil Centre was awarded top prize in the first-ever award for The Occupational Psychology Practitioner of the Year. This award recognised the significant contribution of The Keil Centre's Human Factors Analysis Tools in boosting safety levels in the workplace and preventing serious injuries and fatalities. The project, carried out by Ronny Lardner & Richard Scaife, beat off the challenge of four other short-listed candidates in the inaugural competition, held by the British Psychological Society, Division of Occupational Psychology.
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2006 - Shortlisted for Construction Award with Mansell Plc.
Mansell Plc, a construction company that is part of the Balfour Beatty group of companies, has been using the Keil Centre's Safety Culture Maturity® Model (SCMM) to help them to understand the safety culture within their organisation, with a view to putting in place a behavioural safety programme tailored to their safety culture.
As a result of this work, Mansell were runners up in the Building Magazine Health and Safety Awards this year, in the category of best building contractor's safety initiative.
2005 - Fleetsure Award
This award was presented for organisational commitment to the management of occupational road safety, as part of a scheme launched by Lothian & Border Police.
2004 - BP Helios Award
A joint entry by BP's Forties Pipeline System and The Keil Centre won the top gold award in the performance category of BP Grangemouth's Helios Awards. Using The Keil Centre's Safety Culture Maturity® Model, staff identified locally-relevant solutions for enhancing behavioural and organisational aspects of safety culture.
The success of this project was attibuted to harnessing the potential of individuals and engaging them fully.
2002 - European Good Practice Award for preventing stress at work
A project delivered by a BP-Keil Centre partnership won a 2002 European Good Practice Award for preventing work-related stress. A BP technology team delivered the project at BP's Grangemouth petrochemicals complex, with technical assistance from The Keil Centre.
The award-winning methodology is now embodied in The Keil Centre's StressTools stress risk assessment.