Free Human Factors Presentation Kit

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Dec 222010


Step Change in Safety has launched completely self-contained Human Factors Presenters Pack that’s worth a look.

It is said that 80 per cent of accidents involve human factors although that really depends on how rigorous you do your Why Trees and Root Cause Analysis. There certainly are concerns about human factors analysis but it is a useful tool that may, with a following wind, improve safety.

Obviously the pack is aimed at managers and HSE folk but it is also worth you, yes you, going through to get a feel for human factors and your role and that of the people you supervise, as well as equipment and procedures, in accidents.

The pack includes a customisable Powerpoint presentation, sample case studies you can use, giveaway leaflets and checklists and even a poster to advertise your silver-tongued presentation.

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Do Safety Videos Work?

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Sep 192009

Safety videos are a stock-in-trade of safety training but do they work? MAC mulled over this after watching a tongue-in-cheek video at WorksafeBC. We’ve melded a couple of frames here to get the point across.

MAC must, naturally, declare an interest. Apart from our own audio and video podcasts much of our business is involved in developing,writing, directing, presenting and narrating maritime safety-related video productions and other multi-media work connected with the industry. The question of whether safety videos do their job is, therefore, close to our heart because it’s our business. We’re not going to say we know the answer but it’s one that’s important, not because it’s our business, but because if they’re not working, or not being used right, then we’re not contributing to saving lives, preventing injuries or reducing the financial cost of accidents, that is, after all the raison d’etre, the root cause, so to speak, of what we do.

Do people remember safety videos? Do they change their behaviour in the medium or long term as a result? The answer, evidently, and uncomfortably, is a qualified ‘no’.

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