LEAD Safety: A Practical Handbook for Frontline Supervisors and Safety Practitioners, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

LEAD Safety

A Practical Handbook for Frontline Supervisors and Safety Practitioners, 1st Edition

By Tristan William Casey, Mark Griffin

CRC Press

112 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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LEAD Safety concentrates on self-development and education in safety leadership. It takes safety leadership in an exciting new direction, with practical tools that will give organisations the skills they need to make a difference in their safety program. The book provides a non-technical overview of safety leadership and outlines the core skills safety managers should demonstrate and practice. Organisations will see improvements in engagement, morale, trust, and motivation in the workplace. Readers will gain an appreciation of a new and evidence-based safety leadership model, as well as formulate a personalized action plan to improve safety in their workplace.


"Safety leadership has been riding the waves of general leadership theories since the end of the last century. While this is not surprising – leadership is leadership, right? – it also means research has been running into the same issues as general leadership research. Because what is a good leader, or what makes a good leader? Scholars have looked at ‘great men’ and successful men. They have studied traits of important leaders, their attitudes, ethics, morality. As hard as these things are to study, they are equally hard to communicate, or to train. So what about leadership behaviours? What do leaders in safety in practice do? In this book you will find answers to these questions. It basically boils down to: safety leaders LEAD. What this means or entails, you will read in this book. The writers will lead you through LEAD with examples, exercises and theory. Leading has never been simpler."

Frank Guldenmund, Delft, Netherlands

Table of Contents

1: Why LEAD? 3

2: LEAD in a nutshell 17

3: Where have we been? Where are we going? 30

4: Matching leadership to the situation 45

5: Safety as a control problem 5

6: Leverage - Getting things done 65

7: Energise - Pursuing opportunities 79

8: Adapt - Making mistakes 92

9: Defend - High-risk 103

10: Safety culture, culture OF safety, or culture FOR safety? 113

11: National culture and safety leadership 130

12: Leading safety in the future 136

Appendix 1 – The LEAD backstory 144

Appendix 2 – LEAD case study: A training implementation at Teys Australia 146

Appendix 3 – LEAD case study: Robust risk conversations at a Water Services Company 148

Appendix 4 – Changing an entire industry 151

About the Authors

Tristan Casey is a Lecturer at Griffith University’s Safety Science Innovation Lab. Tristan is the developer of the LEAD Safety Culture toolkit through his prior work with the Office of Industrial Relations, Workplace Health & Safety Queensland. Tristan has a particular interest in applying these ideas and concepts around safety climate and culture. Tristan holds a Professional Doctorate in Organisational Psychology and a Graduate Diploma in WHS. Through his current and prior roles, Tristan has developed skills in measurement and intervention design, with the aim of improving organisational culture. Mark Griffin bio – to come.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Management Science
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Engineering
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Emergency Management