Post-Conference Workshops – 1 June 2018, SKYCITY

Workshop 1 – 9.00am-12.30pm

Designing Safety Improvement Initiatives for Measurement and Evaluation

How do we know whether the work of safety actually improves the safety of work? All too often, "measuring safety" is a way to congratulate ourselves for a job well done, rather than a genuine attempt to determine what works and what doesn’t work. If we are sincere about safety improvement, we need ways to properly measure and evaluate safety activities. Strong evidence provides:

  • Support for a business case for further improvement;
  • Justification for directing effort away from low-value activities towards higher value activities;
  • Defence against the latest management fad or kneejerk reaction to an incident.

This workshop will explain how to build evaluation into the design and planning of a safety improvement. The workshop will cover:

  • Why some "obvious" measurements of safety don’t generate useful or reliable evidence over a short time frame
  • Options for direct and indirect measures of safety that reveal change
  • How to use baselines and comparisons to check what is causing any apparent improvement

Dr Drew Rae, Lecturer, Griffith University (Australia)

WORKSHOP 2 - 1.30PM-5.00PM

Introduction to human-centred design for OHS

Human-centred design is a creative approach to problem solving. It is being used across the globe to solve problems as diverse as access to water services in rural Africa and the usability of OHS management processes in big businesses. The time is right for OHS professionals to build skills in human centred design. OHS is a problem/solution profession, however it has typically dealt with the problems using expertise as the primary model. We have failed to adequately engage people in the construction of the solution.

In this ½ day workshop you’ll be introduced to the principles of human-centred design and most importantly how to use these in your organisation to:

  • Build engagement
  • Create processes that truly add value
  • Focus your strategies on the things that your people think are important

You’ll be challenged to:

  • Reconsider the role of the expert OHS professional
  • Give away some power and control
  • Be a facilitator

You’ll walk away with:

  • A new toolkit
  • A different way of looking for solutions

Richard Coleman, Chief Executive, The Interchange (Australia)