Sentis Celebrates 20 Years of Safety Culture Change

Sep 1, 2023

Team celebrating 20 years of safety culture change

Over the last 20 years, we’ve worked with more than 500 companies and 200,000 people across 36 countries — and we’re just getting started.

A lot has changed since the inception of Sentis in 2003 – when programs were finalised in motel rooms on the night before presentations, incorporating what we learned each day with our clients and making immediate improvements. There was nothing to lose and everything to gain – or at least, that’s how it felt at the time.

Our Zero Incident Process (ZIP) program formed the origins of our work in the mining sector. The idea of ‘zero harm’ on a worksite was cutting edge. And from day dot, ZIP proved to be a success; it challenged the safety statues quo and suggested a new way of thinking.

Nowadays, Sentis has progressed to having a more sophisticated and holistic understanding of what good looks like in regard to safety. By supporting organisations as they transform their safety culture and create safer workplaces, our methodology has progressed from its early roots in ZIP, to the more encompassing and proactive Positive Safety.

“Positive safety is about focusing on proactive safety controls and genuine, helpful attitudes that can guide organisations to create a culture of trust, growth and excellence that leads to safer results,” explains Sentis CEO Anthony Gibbs. “It’s having the courage and conviction to set the conditions for optimal safety where employees, teams and organisations thrive.”

During our 20-year history, we have grown and expanded our services to include diagnostics, psychosocial safety, culture transformation, critical risk assessment, and process improvement through face-to-face, blended learning, and e-learning.

Our Vision for the Future

While it’s important to celebrate where we’ve been, we can’t help but get excited when we envision the years to come.

“Here’s to the next chapter, where we’re aiming to help more than 250,000 people develop safer, better ways to work by the year 2050,” says Anthony.

Sentis Managing Director and Banyula Conservation Reserve Founder Tony O’Brien adds: “The journey is going to continue. Celebrating 20 years is really lovely but, for me, it’s about the adventure of being out there and trying to do something. We only get one shot at this living business, so we’ve got to make the most of it and hopefully keep innovating and delivering for our clients in the same way we have been.”

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