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Network Meeting – Winning Safety Award – Significant Safety Achievements – Operationalising Safety

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 Tanya Pelja, Executive Director, Health, Safety Environment and Quality, BGIS

 Topic:       Operationalising Safety: Reassessing your influential span and functional effectiveness

My goals at BGIS is to create a culture of care beyond compliance.  In order to build and then maintain a positive, informed and operationalised safety culture we must create strong, deep and far-reaching collaboration between safety and other business functions.   Safety as a function can only be truly successful if the inherent requirements of having a safe workplace are understood, shared and implemented across all functions of an organisation, the safety team cannot do it alone or in isolation.  BGIS is a global leader in integrated facility management services and project delivery and we partner with clients globally to deliver innovative solutions in both operations and health and safety.  BGIS values and focuses on innovation and this applies to health and safety, where we develop and implement programs such as our Safety Ambassador Program to bolster and deepen the connection between safety and operations.  Every facet of our business has, in the past 4 years, experienced an uplift in safety focus and that uplift is either due to deliberate crafting of a bespoke safety focus for a business unit or via an operational appetite to share safety success or both.  In order to have longevity in operationalising safety, measures are in place to include meaningful safety metrics and activity from a global board level through to operational pre-starts.  Safety applies to every worker and as such every aspect of the business must be included in a safety team’s vision and plans.

About the Speaker

Tanya is Executive Director, Health, Safety Environment and Quality (HSEQ) at BGIS, where she sets the vision, leads the strategic direction, and manages the performance of HSEQ and Injury Management for APAC.

In 2023, Tanya was announced WHS Leader of the Year (> 1,000 employees) at the Australian Institute of Health & Safety Awards. Tanya introduced a comprehensive program with a fully integrated health, safety and wellbeing approach and built a team to match needs of the organisation and clients. Her safety outcomes are regarded as a change agent to how people feel about working at BGIS.

As an award-winning expert in her field with over fifteen years’ experience, Tanya has held prominent and influential leadership positions across both Government and Private sectors. Her people focused leadership style allows Tanya to deliver actionable insights for boards and leadership teams.

Tanya has a reputation for building organisational culture, increasing risk maturity, leading change management, environmental, health and wellbeing programs.  Tanya intuitively builds successful organisational partnerships and high performing teams across business functions.


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