LUIS SANZ, GENERAL MANAGER OF CELSA UK HOLDINGS

When I was first given the opportunity to read this book I thought it was going to be “another” book. When I started reading it I realised the approach was simpler, using an easy language. When I finished reading it I was impressed by the way a powerful message can be so easily delivered, and realised the power of the message was not so much in the words but the reflection the reader can do. I have read the book several times.

I’d like to share a few introductory words with you as we provide this book as a learning tool for your personal use and benefit. All the themes are presented in an easy but very thoughtful way, presenting us with a unique opportunity to honestly reflect on our daily approach to safety.

When I was first given the opportunity to read this book I thought it was going to be “another” book about Health and Safety, explaining with technical words how to theoretically improve in our practical day-to-day job. When I started reading it I realised the approach was simpler, using an easy language and presenting us with a situation and thoughts we all have experienced or seen through our working life. When I finished reading it for the first time I was impressed by the way a powerful message can be so easily delivered, and realised the power of the message was not so much in the words of the book but the reflection the reader can do about the different situations exposed by Joan Junyent. I have read the book several times, and the more I read it the more I recognise things that I/we must personally do to improve safety in our Company, CELSA.

Health and Safety is a cultural way of doing.

 

It’s not an act, it’s a habit. It needs to be led from the top and requires the genuine engagement of all the employees. We all have a part in that and this book seeks to provide an external perspective and challenge on what might influence an individual’s choice to change their safety behaviour whilst working for CELSA.

During recent years we have walked a long way on the “Safety path” and we have showed better behaviours that have allowed us to reduce the number of accidents our people have suffered whilst at work, getting us closer to achieving our target of “ZERO ACCIDENTS”. Having said that we must not forget some of our people still had accidents during this period and behind these there are specific faces, names, families, friends, dreams and lives that will change due to those accidents, and ALL OF THEM could have been prevented! We must not accept that situation, and need to continue working to achieve our target.

We often hear phrases such as ‘Safety is Common Sense’. Well, I’m afraid that is not the case. Safety is not a question of magic, luck or praying. Safety is about learning, being constant and following a methodology to identify and control/reduce risks.

Read the book please as the written word provides opportunity for learning. There is something in the book for all of us. Listen to the words the author shares about his personal journey and think deeply about it in your personal context. Capture your thoughts and turn them into actions. Whilst doing them that, will make you, your colleagues and CELSA a safer place to work, engage with other people to share how, and why, you are changing your approach towards safety with day-to-day actions. This is Brothers Keeper in real time.

I hope you find this book as interesting as I did. But remember its power does not come from it’s simple words but from your reflection and action on them.

Luis Sanz

Director General

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