I recently caught up with ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ on Netflix- it is well worth your time if you haven’t got round to watching it yet.
As the highly-addictive drama unfolded on my screen, it struck me that there are certain parallels between a game of chess and continuous professional development (CPD). Both CPD and chess require planned-out sequences of moves and the ability to respond quickly to changing circumstances.
For safety professionals, the difference between winning and losing is stark but we can plan our moves and attack hazards. In doing so, we can keep them in check and develop our skills further.
For many years, one approach I have taken with my own CPD is to use the Plan-Do-Check-Act(PDCA) cycle.
Applying the PDCA model to your CPD enables you to take the time to assess where you are through examining aspects of your plan. Thinking about the quality of work done and how best to present the evidence is exactly how reflective practice works.
The process of checking also provides the added benefit of unpicking and detecting underlying issues, the unforeseen or unintended consequences of a particular plan of action.
PDCA in action
Personally I thrive with a mix of issues to think about and manage. One of my priorities at the moment is working on the issue of fatigue and driving risk. By working in partnership with RoSPA’s National Occupational Safety and Health Committee, we have developed a RoSPA position statement on fatigue.
This is how our ‘policy driving excellence’ model works. This piece of work is a great example of how the PDCA cycle can work in practice while also articulating the evidence base for organisations who are ‘tackling’ fatigue; we know there is a link between fatigue and accidents.
Then in the midst of this steady work stream, the ‘COVID challenge’ arose, where a dynamic approach to assessing available information, screening out the ‘noise’ and sticking to our plan of sharing clear communications on a consistent basis has been required. The plan has been underpinned by the WHO principles of an instruction to follow, a behaviour to adopt and information to share. A certain amount of agility has been required by OSH professionals to blend these needs and meet the expectations of others.
Using the PCDA model, we have extended the ‘process and product’ focus to the most important asset for any business- its people.
Posted: 11/27/2020 1:05:58 PM