Human Factors in Health and Safety - Module Three: Strengthening Organisational Performance, Perth

Date From: 08 August 2018
Date To: 09 August 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
Contact Email:

Book Event

Download the 2018 Human Factors in Health and Safety programme brochure and registration form

Other modules

Module 1- Managing Human Factors: 21-22 February 2018, Perth
Module 2- Managing Human Failure: 16-17 May 2018, Perth
Module 4 - Human Factors and Design: 14-15 November 2018, Perth

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 educationalprogramme. 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 three - Perth, WA

Strengthening Organisational Performance: 8-9 August 2018

Strengthening Organisational Performance provides key pointers for enhancing organisational safety through effective management of human factors in staffing and workload, training and competence, supervision and safety leadership, and fatigue.

On 8 August 2018 there will be a course dinner and networking.

 Session title    Presenter 
 Staffing and workload  Nicole Gray
 Training and competence  Stuart Dickinson
 Effective supervision and safety leadership      Melanie Todd
 Managing fatigue  Kirsty McCulloch


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

Stuart Dickinson
is a human factors specialist who has been managing a range of projects in safety critical industries for over ten years.  Industries in which he has worked include: rail, offshore, chemical/ pharmaceutical and manufacturing.  Stuart is principal consultant and director of Human Risk Solutions, a human factors consultancy based in Victoria.  He is practiced in the application of a broad range of human factors tools and techniques and has worked in various areas of human factors from assessing the impact of workplace design upon operators’ physical stress, to assessing workload and identifying the potential for human error.  With regards to training, in recent years Stuart has developed and delivered human factors training for inspectors at NOPSEMA and WorkSafe Victoria.
Stuart is a registered member of the Chartered Institute of 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.

Kirsty McCulloch
is a Principal Consultant with Human Systems Group, and is based in Adelaide.  She holds a PhD in Applied Behavioural Science, and is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia.  She is considered a world expert in fatigue risk management, and her methods have been adopted as regulatory models in several industries, across multiple countries.  Kirsty also has extensive experience in understanding human failure, human factors in incident investigation, task analysis, critical procedure reviews and safety culture.  She has worked in many safety-critical industries, including petroleum, mining, power generation, medicine, emergency services, transport, and manufacturing.

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

If you are recording mandatory CPD you should refer to your own regulator’s requirements as recognition of CPD hours may vary.

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IChemE is a registered charity in England & Wales (214379), and a charity registered in Scotland (SC 039661).