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    Behaviour Change: Improving Health and Safety Performance

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    30 September - 1 October 2014


    Not all risks can be engineered out of the work environment. Even with the best plans, procedures and systems in place, individuals at work still take short cuts and make mistakes. Sometimes risk-taking behaviour is intentional, for whatever reason. In other cases, risks may be taken due to a lack of understanding about a particular hazard, associated controls or inadequate training. To individual workers, such risk-taking can result in injury, ill-health and fatalities. To the organisation, some of the many costs can include lost time, damage to machinery, litigation, and prosecution. If unchecked, these costs can escalate.

    This course, delivered by HSL psychologists, will provide you with an understanding of why workers take risks, covering the many factors that influence behaviour. It will also highlight the strengths and weaknesses of traditional behaviour modification strategies for correcting 'unsafe' behaviour, highlighting why such approaches may have limited impact. The course builds on behaviour modification approaches, adopting a five step, holistic approach to behaviour change and concludes with strategies to help reduce the likelihood of risk taking behaviour. It differs from other courses on this topic by demonstrating how behaviour change and worker engagement can be incorporated into the wider health and safety management system to ensure an integrated, and therefore more effective approach to risk management. In doing so, both the immediate and underlying causes of risk-taking can be tackled head on. These strategies apply as much to manager behaviour as they do to operational staff.

    Event programme

    Why people take risks at work

    • The consequences of risk taking for individuals and the organisation
    • Factors that influence behaviour
    • Strategies to encourage safer behaviour / less risk taking
    • Effective risk communication
    • Worker engagement
    • Leadership strategies
    • Safety culture and safety climate - use and follow up of the Safety Climate Tool
    • Implementing change effectively
    • Integrating behaviour change with the health and safety management system
    • Maintaining change

    Intended audience

    The course is most appropriate for health and safety managers with limited knowledge / experience of behaviour change approaches. However, it will also be relevant to those who have established behaviour change initiatives but are interested in how the psychological priniciples of human behaviour can be mapped onto an integrated health and safety management system.


    The course will be run at the HSL laboratory in the spa town of Buxton. Buxton is in the heart of the Peak District and has good links to mainline train stations and Manchester International Airport.


    The cost of the course is £695 per person (includes course notes, lunch and refreshments).

    Comments & Feedback
    "Excellent course, professionally presented, that provided a range of ideas and approaches as to how we can modify behaviour."
    Chris Huckle, Rothamsted Research (North Wyke)

    For more information:

    Training & Conferences Unit
    +44 (0)1298 218806