Human Factors in Health and Safety - Module One: Managing Human Factors, Perth

Date From: 21 February 2018
Date To: 22 February 2018
Location: Australia
Description: This one-year programme, comprising four intensive two-day events supported by course reading, which together form a broad human factors educational programme.
Event Type: IChemE Course
Venue: Perth, Australia
Organiser: IChemE
Contact Name: Natalie Graser
Contact Phone: +61 (0) 3 9642 4494
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There is an increasing emphasis on the importance of managing human factors to achieve improved safety and business performance in the chemical process industries and resource sector. Major accidents, including those at Longford, Varanus Island, Montara, Gretley and Moura, have highlighted the importance of addressing this aspect of performance. However, many of the safety and operational professionals charged with managing human factors have no formal qualifications or training in the human and behavioural sciences.

Human Factors in Health and Safety is modular training designed to meet the needs identified in the process industries and resource sector. Designed by the Keil Centre and IChemE, this one-year programme intends to develop an understanding of the core human factors issues and outline how to manage them to achieve improved safety performance.

Key features

  • content covering human factors in process safety, health and safety, with links to other aspects of business performance
  • a modular course design, with short residential events, also providing networking opportunities with like-minded professionals
  • advice to help implement human factors solutions
  • training is delivered by recognised human factors professionals with significant process industry experience, drawn from a range of resource sector employers, specialist consultancies and industry regulators

Course content

Topics are organised to cover the UK Health and Safety Executive’s top human factors issues in major hazard sites, but these topics are just as applicable and relevant to non-UK regulatory frameworks. The content has been developed in consultation with IChemE’s safety and loss prevention specialists.

Who should attend?

The programme is specifically designed for those who want a comprehensive overview of the subject matter, access to practical research-based tools and approaches, and discussion in small groups with acknowledged
industry experts. This may include:

  • internal human factors advisors/focal points
  • operations managers
  • HSE advisors and specialists
  • industry regulators

Programme overview

Human Factors in Health and Safety is a one-year programme, consisting of four intensive two-day modules. This is supported by pre-event reading, which together forms a broad human factors educational programme. The programme caters for two audiences, specifically:

  • those who want to complete the whole programme, who would complete the initial consultancy skills pre-reading, and all four two-day modules
  • those who wish to attend single modules (subject to availability)


You can join the programme at any point – modules are designed to be completed in any order.

Module details

Module one- Perth, WA
Managing Human Factors: 21-22 February 2018

Managing Human Factors provides an introduction to key human factors concepts from a risk management perspective. It examines approaches to managing safety culture and behaviours, safety critical communications, and organisational change.

On 21 February 2018 there will be a course dinner and networking.

Session title                                            Presenter 
Human factors in risk management Ronny Lardner
Managing safety culture and behaviours Melanie Todd
Safety critical communications Nicole Gray
Managing organisational change Martin Anderson


Single module: AUD$2,300 + GST

A discounted price of AUD$2,000 + GST per module is offered to delegates who commit to attend the full programme of four modules.

Module facilitators

Martin Anderson is a graduate in psychology with over 25 years of experience in human factors and safety management, in relation to major hazards and complex systems. He has two Master of Engineering degrees - in human factors, and in process safety. Martin is currently Manager Human Factors at Woodside, prior to which he played a key role in developing human factors within the UK Health & Safety Executive. He was a Specialist Inspector for 12 years, regulating human, management and organisational aspects on over 150 major hazard sites.

Martin is a Fellow and Chartered Member of the UK Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors; and was a non-Executive Director of the Institute for 10 years. In 2012 he was presented with the William Floyd Award by the Institute, for outstanding and innovative contributions to ergonomics and human factors.

Nicole Gray is a Registered Psychologist and Principal Human Factors Advisor with The Keil Centre, based in Brisbane. Nicole has worked for many years in applied psychology and human factors across a range of industrial settings, including defence, aviation, rail, and maritime industries. Her specialist interest areas include accident and incident investigation, human error analysis, fatigue risk management, and safety culture and leadership.  She also has extensive experience in development and delivery of employee wellbeing programs in challenging environments.

Nicole holds a BA (Psychology) and M Human Factors, as well as the Diploma of Transport Safety Investigation.  She is a member of the Australian Aviation Psychology Association and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

Ronny Lardner is an Associate Fellow of IChemE, a chartered occupational psychologist and founder of The Keil Centre Ltd. With 20 years process industry experience, Ronny specialises in the human and organisational factors which affect health and safety. He was a lead contractor for safety culture in the European PRISM human factors project, and is retained as a human factors expert by many process industry clients to advise on safety and work-related stress.

Ronny is a registered psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and regular contributor to IChemE’s safety symposia.

Melanie Todd is a Principal Human Factors Advisor with The Keil Centre, specialising in accident and incident investigation, human error analysis, fatigue risk management, and training. Prior to joining The Keil Centre, Melanie worked for the Australian Transport Safety Bureau as Manager, Aviation Safety Investigation.  She has extensive experience in both regulatory and investigative roles as a specialist in human factors. Melanie holds a Bachelor of Aviation, Masters of Science and Technology in Aviation (Human Factors), and a PhD in Psychology (Human Factors) as well as the Diploma of Transport Safety Investigation. She is the President of the Australian Aviation Psychology Association and a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia.

Duration for CPD recording purposes: up to 12.5 hours per module. 50 Hours for total programme.

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