Mission Possible – A Squirrel’s Tale

Learning self preservation from nature’s experts

 

* A survivors’ guide for independent and lone workers
* Dynamic risk assessment for everyone
* Tackling risk in new and emerging situations

A short hairy acrobat taught me everything I know about lone worker safety. You can learn from him too

That’s right. The world expert in lone worker safety is a squirrel. It’s because squirrels work alone naturally. For most humans, this is something we have to learn.

Squirrel Safety

And most of us work independently at some point. Understanding lone worker safety helps everyone to take responsibility for their own well-being. We can all learn a thing or two from squirrels.

Our training programme makes finding out about lone worker safety and dynamic risk assessment inspiring, memorable and fun. What’s best is that people who have watched Squirrel Safety tell us they come away with a better understanding of how to do their job more safely.

We asked one safety expert to climb a pole and crawl through a pipe. It was a test of his ability to assess risk. Find out if he survived

Squirrels?

Safety programmes based on nature have a real impact. They make for original and entertaining training and so improve audience engagement. Crucially, people remember the lessons for much longer after training. At least ten organisations have won awards for safety initiatives based around our Meerkats teamwork programme. And our elephant safety leadership programme won the prestigious Film and Multimedia prize from the World Congress on Safety and Health at Work.

Every day, most of us face some sort of new challenge. That’s what this training is about. Giving people the tools to deal with new situations safely and efficiently

In this programme, we discover squirrels come armed naturally with a range of lone worker safety skills including the ability to do dynamic risk assessments.  Despite working on their own, they cope effortlessly with the gamut of dangers daily life throws at them.

But they were making it look a bit too easy. So we set one squirrel a challenge. A mission impossible obstacle course. The aim was to find out how good he really is at assessing and minimising risk.

And to learn from him.

What you will learn from Mission Possible – A Squirrel’s Tale

  • That everyone is responsible for their own well-being (whether or not they are working alone)
  • Understanding how independent safety is different and why it is so important
  • The strategies and skills that may be needed for those working out in the field
  • Thinking on your feet: dynamic risk assessment
  • Identifying new risk situations
  • Strategies for dealing with new and existing risks while working alone
  • Tools to help you work more safely when you’re on your own

Who this training is for

  • Everyone really – we all work independently at some point
  • Those who face new situations and developing risks as part of their work
  • People who work on their own within their usual workplace
  • People who work out in the field
  • People who spend time working in client or third party premises
  • People whose job takes them on the road

What you get in the Mission Possible – A Squirrel’s Tale training programme

  • A professional training film using high quality nature documentary footage
  • A support film highlighting safety techniques for the independent worker
  • A support booklet containing additional information and tools to improve the training experience
  • A powerpoint presentation on lone worker safety
  • The film scripts
  • Handouts for those doing the training
  • Exercises to get people thinking about independent safety
  • Discussion points
  • Plans of action for safety trainees
  • Promotional activities to help you build Squirrel Safety into your own safety initiatives
  • Posters to remind people about the lessons they have learned
  • Access to Lattitude’s growing archive of case studies and support films

Animal safety training success stories

How visiting meerkats helped Highland Spring slash its accident rate

The aluminium factory who took the meerkats safety film and made it a way of life

The drugs company which changed its safety culture with meerkats

 

Photo credit: Thartz00

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