Called ‘Together. We’re Safer. Together. We’re DB’, our new safety campaign actively encourages and empowers colleagues across the business to intervene and stop any activity that they believe is unsafe and could lead to injury or an incident. It also seeks to address some of the concerns and misconceptions raised in the Safety Excellence Focus Groups we ran last year – the biggest and most in-depth piece of safety-related research ever undertaken by the business.
At the centre of our new campaign are colleagues involved in almost all aspects of the planning and delivery of our rail logistics services.
As part of the campaign, every colleague will be issued with a card that gives them explicit permission, backed by the UK Board, to intervene and challenge any activity or instruction they believe is unsafe – whether that activity is being undertaken by a colleague, a customer or contractor.
We will create a fair and just culture where colleagues have a shared understanding of safety, demonstrate a positive attitude and safe behaviours on a daily basis and feel empowered to challenge anything they feel is unsafe.
We will actively engage them in the continuous improvement of our safety policies, procedures and performance and share with them the results, consequences and learning from any issues or incidents that may arise.
We will empower them by giving them easy access to the right safety training, technology, information and equipment and we will create an environment where active, two-way discussion and debate is encouraged and questions and suggestions can be raised.
This will ensure that safety is embedded in the DNA of all decision-making at DB Cargo UK.