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10th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference

Graham Marshall - Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) College of Organisational Psychologists is hosting the 10th Industrial and Organisational Psychology (IOP) Conference.

The 2013 Conference has the theme: Crossing Boarders: Exploring the contribution of psychology to organisations in a global economy


The psychology of work will be under examination at IOP where leading international and Australian experts from organisational psychology will provide insights into workplace issues such as building high performance cultures, coping with work-life conflict, job stress prevention, on-boarding and designing work spaces for employee health.

Taking place between Wednesday 3rd July to Saturday 6 July 2013 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Perth, Western Australia

Internationally renowned presenters will deliver global perspectives on topics, including:


Professor Talya Bauer, Cameron Professor of Management, Portland State University, USA

The faster new employees feel welcome and prepared for their jobs, the faster they will be able to successfully contribute to their organisation’s mission. 

Formal ‘on-boarding’ has been shown to increase performance, job satisfaction and commitment, lower stress and enhance career effectiveness.

Prof Bauer, who has implemented on-boarding at Google, Microsoft and Huntington Bank, will discuss research-based on-boarding best practice.

Designing work and work spaces for employee health

Dr Cristina Banks, President, Lamorinda Consulting and University of California, Berkley, USA.

Dr Banks and colleagues at Berkley have established a national depository for cutting edge research on factors that have a proven impact on employee health and wellbeing.  She will share learnings from innovative research across several disciplines – psychology, business, public policy, public health, environment design, ergonomics, biology and medicine, which she will use to begin building the template of the healthy workplace.

Evidence-based approaches to leadership development:

Dr Matt Barney, Director Infosys Leadership Institute, India.

It is regrettably rare that science about leaders and leadership is used in organisations.

Dr Barney will talk about evidence-based approaches to leadership development and present the Cue See leadership model that combines theory from psychology, strategy, engineering, marketing and finance.

Money not the only factor keeping fly-in fly-out workers in the job
‘Fly-in fly-out’ (FIFO) workers adopt one of three distinct identities to cope with their working arrangements: work-family balanced, dominant career focussed and FIFO. 

Intention of workers to stay in the job can be predicted by identity type.

Asset Integrity Summit: Human Factors Focus Day

Graham Marshall - Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Asset Integrity Summit: Human Factors Focus Day

02 October, 2013

Venue to be Confirmed, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

The human factors focus day is set aside for considering human factors in correlation with asset integrity management and process safety. 

Topics to be addressed include:

Why human factors is  a crucial management aid in preventing human failures;

Understand the nature of human factors and how this is impacted by cultural norms;
Identifying human factors that lead to errors and failures;

Strategies in determining human factors threats and assessment of risk; and 

Monitoring behavioural safety effectively.

Health and Safety for Work Experience Students

Graham Marshall - Monday, June 24, 2013

The UK Government has made a commitment to slashing burdensome rules on business owners and operators.

And Minister for Employment Mark Hoban has outlined his plans to make it as easy as possible for employers to take on work experience students.

In the past, employers in low risk environments have been hampered by needless risk assessments for young people.

In some cases they have even had to repeat risk assessments for every young person they give a chance of work experience.

This is a needless expense and waste of time when then work experience circumstances are exactly the same.

The Government seems committed to putting an end to this kind of health and safety bureaucracy.

The UK Health and Safety Executive (UK HSE) has also recently issued revised guidance to employers  taking on work experience youngsters.

The Association of British Insurers has also reassured employers that they don’t have to take out special insurance policies to cover students on work experience.

Minister for Employment Mark Hoban said:

“We know that work experience gives young people vital insights into the world of work, encourages them to aspire to great things, and helps them to prepare for their future.

“Too often in the past, the crazy cornucopia of confusing rules discouraged employers from taking young people on. That’s why we have been working across Government to make sure the rules are clear and easy to understand.”

As a result of cross-government action:

•  The insurance industry has committed to treat work experience students as employees for the purposes of insurance against bodily injury, and confirmed that simply giving work experience opportunities to students will not in itself impact on insurance premiums.

•  The UK HSE has issued guidance providing clarity on employers’ obligations with regard to risk assessments - making it clear that if workplace risk has already been assessed with young people in mind, a business does not need to repeat this for each new student.

•  Department of Education and Ofsted have published a guide to clarify the health and safety responsibilities for educational establishments organizing work experience opportunities.


Red Tape Challenge

Graham Marshall - Sunday, June 23, 2013

The so-called "Red Tape Challenge" is a British Government initiative tackling unnecessary and over-complicated regulations.

It aims to reduce the burdens for business and society, and support economic growth.

It is particularly important for safety professionals as the British Government has committed to scrap or reform 84 per cent of unnecessary and over-burdensome health and safety regulation.

At the Risk Tool Box, we applaud this effort.

Over2,000 regulations have been identified for reform.

And changes to date are said to be saving business over £200 Million each year.

Measures at reducing birdomesome health and safety regulations include:

•  Removing 100,000s of low risk businesses from unnecessary health and safety inspections;

•  Changing the law so that responsible employers are no longer liable for an accident in the workplace totally outside their control; and

•  Proposing to remove around 800,000 self-employed people whose work poses no harm to others from health and safety regulation in the coming Deregulation Bill.



Fatal Crash on US Highway 2 near Stanley in ND

Graham Marshall - Saturday, June 22, 2013

A crash and subsequent fire involving two semi-trucks and three pickup-trucks occurred today on  U.S. Highway 2 between Stanley and Palermo.

The crash occurred in thick fog at about 635am with at least one vehicle colliding broadside into a tanker carrying oil.

One tanker was from MIB and one pick-up truck belonged to Triangle Electrical.

The fire was burning for several hours and multiple fatalities are expected.

Employees from Risk Tool Box were driving on Highway 2 at the time of the crash and report that a number of vehicles were speeding at excessive speed.  All of our employees are accounted for.

Dr Graham Marshall from the Risk Tool Box said "the fog was pretty thick and it was only safe to be doing 50mph.  Some cars were travelling much quicker as they overtook me".

 This accident serves as a reminder to just slow down when driving in North Dakota.

AS 5488-2013 Classification of Subsurface Utility Information

Graham Marshall - Thursday, June 20, 2013
Standards Australia has announced the launch of a new Australian Standard which will – for the first time – outline a consistent approach towards the classification of information relating to subsurface utilities. 

At present the existence and location of subsurface utilities can be difficult to establish and verify, which is the problem this standard seeks to address. 

AS 5488-2013 Classification of Subsurface Utility Information is intended to improve public safety, reduce costly property damage, and provide more accurate information on the location and type of subsurface utilities than in the past. 

Australian utility owners, operators and locators should welcome the Australian Standard which sets a new benchmark for subsurface utility information management. 

The new Standard provides a framework for the consistent classification of information concerning subsurface utilities. 

The standard also provides guidance on how subsurface utility information may be obtained, and how that information should be conveyed to users.

Hydrocarbon Releases in the North Sea for 2012

Graham Marshall - Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Hydrocarbon releases in the UK sector of the North Sea reached a record low last year according to new figures from the Health and Safety Executive (UK HSE).

There were 97 incidents reported to the UK HSE in 2012.

This is down from 133 reported incidents in 2011 and continuing a long-term downward trend.

The figures reveal a 48 per cent reduction in the number of hydrocarbon releases over the last three years – just short of the target the industry set itself in 2010 to halve releases.

The target was set following pressure from the UK HSE to improve performance.

In 2009 there were 187 hydrocarbon releases, of which 86 were classified as significant or major (84 significant and two major).

APPEA National Safety Conference 2013

Graham Marshall - Monday, June 17, 2013

This year's APPEA National Safety Conference is scheduled for Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th August 2013.

It will take place at the Crown Perth, Burswood, Western Australia. 

The APPEA National Safety Conference is the Australian energy sectors premier safety conference

It provides an essential forum for the industry to share knowledge, learning, and expertise.

The theme for the 2013 Conference is "Protecting your team: who are you responsible for"?

Keynote speakers including Professor Sidney Dekker from Griffith University in Queensland.

Professor Dekker is acclaimed worldwide for his ground breaking work in human factors and safety.

There will also be international speakers from the UK and BP on global work post Macondo and on process safety.
The program promises to be relevant and informative to a wide range of people with an interest in health and safety in the oil and gas industry.

Court highlights risk to Supervisors who break the law

Graham Marshall - Sunday, June 16, 2013

A supervisor has been prosecuted and fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £9,765.88 costs after a worker  fell ten metres from a roof and was left paralysed from the neck down.

Phillip Giles fell through a fragile roof after supervisor Paul Burke allowed workers, who were removing cement sheets, to go onto the roof.

The court was told Mr Burke’s employer had agreed a system of work where its employees used scissor lifts, removing the roof sheets from the underside.

Mr Burke supervised the work on site and permitted a change to the system of work, whereby he and other employees went onto the roof itself to carry out some of the work.

The Court found Mr Burke had sanctioned an unsafe system of work.

The company was unaware of the changed way of working and Mr Burke had failed to consult with them.

Paul Joseph Burke, 56, of Lightcliffe Road, Brighouse, West Yorkshire, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1)(b) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 between 4 August and 5 September 2011 by failing to properly supervise work at height and make sure it was carried out safely.

Those who supervise work at height have a responsibility to ensure that it is carried out in a manner which is safe and which guards against the risk of injury from a fall.

The Promised Land

Graham Marshall - Friday, June 14, 2013


Sent to me by an American colleague...

In 2,000BC, Moses said to the children of Israel, "Pick up your shovels, mount your asses and camels, and I will lead you to the Promised Land".

In 1933, Roosevelt said to the children of America, "Lay down your shovels, sit on your asses, and light up a camel, this is the Promised Land".

In 2013, Congress has stolen your shovel, taxed your asses, raised the price of Camels, and mortgaged the Promised Land.

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