#19 The Ultimate Tool To Understanding Your Critical Risks and Controls – The BowTie – Part 1

In this post I examine the BowTie risk assessment - a great tool for business leaders to help you visualise your critical risks and associated controls. When these two aspects of risk management are clear, you will be able to easily identify what you should be monitoring as part of your assurance and due diligence activities.

#18 WHS Due Diligence And The Big Bad BEAR

Today we look at how the requirement to draft accountability maps and statements and the deferral of executive variable remuneration under the Banking Executive Accountability Regime can be applied to WHS governance - accountability maps can be a foundation piece in your WHS governance framework and help officers understand who does what; and while the BEAR requires the deferral of executive remuneration, it means very little if WHS is not included in the assessment of overall business performance.

#17 Executive Safety Walks – Dos and Don’ts

Today we're going to walk through how Executives should act and behave Before, During and After conducting Executive safety walks. We're also going to look back at the safety walks conducted by BP and Transocean VIPs only seven hours before the Deepwater Horizon oil rig blowout in 2010 that killed 11 workers, so that you can learn from their mistakes. If you're not conducting safety walks, or just want a bit more guidance and assurance on your approach, today's post is for you.

#16: 3 Questions To Ask Before Joining a Board

Technically, a director joining a board today will not be responsible for decisions made prior to their joining. However, problems may arise in the future as a result of those earlier decisions. There are plenty of tools out there to assist Directors in conducting their due diligence before joining a board, but very little on what to look for in terms of workplace health & safety. So, when you are actively seeking to join a board of directors or you have been approached to join a board, there are a few things I suggest you should consider.

#15 Leading Safe & Healthy Work – A Blueprint for CEOs [FREE RESOURCE]

As a CEO, do you ever feel overwhelmed with the lack of clarity around your role in leading safe & healthy work? Or do you think that as long as you continue to say 'safety first' that the message will sooner or later get through? Well then this post is for you. I'm going to walk you through my framework for coaching CEOs and MDs on leading safe & healthy work. As a bonus, be sure to download the FREE COPY of my Blueprint for CEOs on Leading Safe & Healthy Work.

#14 The Future Is Bright- Strategic Foresight

This week I provide a summary of the Workplace Safety Futures report. The report highlights new technologies and ways of working that introduce new risks and challenges for WHS and workers’ compensation, but also have the potential to make work safer and reduce workplace injury. Every business leader should be aware of these trends as they will influence your business in some way or another.

#13 Director Health & Safety Sentiment: A Review of the Recent AICD Director Sentiment Index

This week I examine why respondents to the latest Australian Institute of Company Directors, Director Sentiment Index survey, didn't nominate health & safety as something that keeps them awake at night, and why they think health & safety has too much red-tape that hinders productivity.

#12: 4 Director Health & Safety Governance Myths

Have you ever wondered what makes your organisation different to those that have experienced tragic health & safety incidents? In this week's post I walk through some of the myths directors have in executing health & safety governance.

#11 Investing in Mental Health Is A Healthy Investment – Part 3: Leadership [A 3-Part Series For Directors]

This is Part 3 in a 3-part series for Directors on their role in the boardroom to govern and lead mentally healthy workplaces. In this post I highlight how directors can influence the mental health of their organisation, through their relationship with the CEO.

#10 Investing in Mental Health Is A Healthy Investment – Part 2: Good Governance [A 3-Part Series For Directors]

This is Part 2 in a 3-part series for Directors on their role in the boardroom to govern and lead mentally healthy workplaces. In this post, I outline a 4-part framework that will assist directors in leading workplace mental health in the boardroom.


This week I explore the two biggest problems I’ve seen in board WHS performance reporting and share a suggested framework that will assist board members in making strategic decisions and complying with their due diligence obligations.

#8 Investing in Mental Health is a Healthy Investment – Part 1: The ROI [A 3-Part Series for Directors]

This is Part 1st in a 3-part series of posts that will assist directors in their governance and leadership responsibilities to lead and govern mental health in the boardroom. The focus of this post is to better understand 'what is mental health' and how it can have a positive impact on your company's bottom line.

#7 How To Leverage Workplace Health & Safety To Build Trust in Your Organisation

Trust should not be mistaken as simply a soft, social virtue; rather it is a truly hard, economic driver for every organisation. Ongoing trust-building activities should be one of the most important strategic priorities for every organisation. As workplace health & safety is a unifying point of collaboration in any business, it is the perfect catalyst for leadership to build trust in their business.

#6 2017 in Review: What every director should know for their 2018 Health & Safety Dashboard [FREE DOWNLOAD]

Sexual misconduct, Grenfell Tower, introduction of industrial manslaughter and modern slavery, these were some of the biggest stories of 2017 in health & safety – it was a year we won't soon forget! This week I have outlined 7 key workplace health & safety matters that should feature on any director's radar in 2018.

#5 Do Executive Incentive Schemes Effectively Drive Positive Health & Safety Performance? [A 3-Part Series]

This is Part 3 in a 3-part series dissecting the 2016 Citi Research Safety Spotlight Report. Given that cultural change is fostered through the influence of climate and an organisation’s safety climate is shaped by management’s policies, behaviours, attitudes and decisions, this provides a compelling argument for close attention to the structure and content of those incentives used to motivate boards and senior managers. As suggested above, ‘what get’s measured (and incentivised) get’s managed’.

Injury Classifications – Moving Away From Lost Time Injury

This is Part 2 in a 3-part series dissecting the 2016 Citi Research Safety Spotlight Report. The focus of this week's post is to dissect the motivation to move away from using lost time injury (LTI) data as a measure of a business’ health and safety performance and introduce a new framework for reporting injuries and illnesses that will assist the business in its pursuit to prevent harm and provide a comparable measure of health & safety performance across businesses and industry.

Process Safety: The Black Swan of Safety [A 3-Part Series]

This is Part 1 in a 3-part series dissecting parts of the 2016 Citi Research Safety Spotlight Report. In this post I introduce the concept of process safety and the types of process safety indicators ASX100 companies are reporting on.

My Key Takeaways From the 2017 Deloitte (NZ) Health & Safety Leadership Survey

My key takeaways from the 2017 ’Walking the Talk’ Health & Safety Leadership Survey published by Business Leaders’ Health & Safety Forum and Deloitte (NZ).

How Business Directors Can Stay Informed Of Health & Safety Matters

“Boards need to get out and get informed”. This week I run through what it means for 'officers' under WHS legislation to 'stay informed of health & safety matters' and some practical tips on how directors can do so.
Samantha McGolrick


I’m Samantha

As a business leader, you have a responsibility to lead safe and healthy work whether that’s at an executive or board level. My job is to assist you in your role by giving you the tools and knowledge to know what to ask, and when to act.
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