MANAGING DANGER: MYTHBUSTERS

Date: Tuesday, 24 November 2015
Time: 12:00pm for 12.15pm – 2pm (a working lunch will be served)
Venue: Fraser Suites, 10 Adelaide Terrace, Perth
Cost: Complimentary, invitation only as space is limited
(please email events@ kottgunn.com.au to enquire about attending)

Workplaces are complex social environments involving people and risk. Does the typical approach of more procedures, rules and checklists really prevent accidents? Is a safety culture just about getting everyone to comply with safety procedures and rules, or are we deluding ourselves to simply achieve legal compliance?

This session explores:

  • Human dynamics related to safety and risk.
  • Mistakes, errors, omissions, luck and how accidents really occur.
  • Dangers in relying on safety documents and LTI rates for safety assurance.
  • Creating and maintaining a “Safety Culture” that recognises and values people.
  • Enhanced strategies for better workplace safety.

Presenter: Michael Morgan, Managing Partner and Principal Consultant, RiskLink

Following the presentation the presenter will be joined for the Q&A by Candy Choo, Manager Workforce Risk Services and Ben Galvin, OSH Team Leader both from LGIS WA and Rachael Lincoln, Senior Safety and Risk Consultant, CCI WA.

The event will be chaired by Tim Lethbridge, Partner, Kott Gunning Lawyers.

About the presenter

Michael Morgan, Managing Partner and Principal Consultant, RiskLink

Michael originally trained as a specialist paramedic serving with the Australian Army, Special Air Service (SAS) Regiment. Following military service Michael moved to corporate business roles in Safety & Health and Human Resources, including management roles with the Department of Health, Western Australia; Marsh (the global insurance broker); and Pfizer (the US  pharmaceutical company).

Michael founded RiskLink in 2005 providing Safety & Health and Workers’ Compensation services. Over the past 10 years he has been involved in hundreds of serious accident investigations including 25 fatalities. Michael holds a Bachelor of Health Science degree, an Associate degree in OHS, a Grad Dip in HR, and is currently undertaking a Master’s Degree in Social Psychology with a focus on human factor safety and risk, and safety culture.

Michael and RiskLink has a strategic partnership with Dr Robert Long and Human Dymensions in providing risk and safety related psychology services including culture and leadership training.

About the panellists

Rachael Lincoln, Senior Safety and Risk Consultant, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia (Inc)

Rachael has attained many years of hands on occupational safety and health (OSH) experience from working in WA’s resources sector. Now working as the Senior Safety and Risk Consultant at CCI, she spends much of her time at CCI member’s businesses assisting them to provide a workplace that is safe for their workers.

She has worked successfully to assist CCI members to reduce incidents, and build positive corporate safety cultures. Rachael’s main strength is her enthusiasm and passion about safety helping. This extends to the up and coming safety professionals and as such, is currently mentoring a tertiary OSH student through The Smith Family. She holds a Master in Occupational Health and Safety, a Bachelor of Business, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and a Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

Candy Choo, Manager Workforce Risk Services, LGIS WA

Candy joined LGIS in 2010 and is the Manager of Workforce Risk Services overseeing the consulting services of HR, OSH and Health & Wellbeing delivered to LGIS Members. She is also the acting portfolio manager of the Workers Compensation Team at LGIS having the responsibility of overseeing claims management and strategy development to minimise claims for the local government workforce of over 17,000 employees.

As a registered psychologist specialised in the area of Organisational Psychology, Candy has worked with a wide variety of organisations and dealt with employees across all levels over the last 10 years. Candy has extensive experience and an in-depth understanding of some of the most common workforce related issues in the workplace. Her key areas of interest include general HR risk management, conflict resolution, performance management, safety and health, change management, organisational climate and culture and employee engagement.

Candy is a highly skilled group facilitator, trainer, coach and mediator and has successfully transformed organisational culture and mitigated organisational stress with these skills for a number of organisations in both private and public sectors.

Ben Galvin, OSH Team Leader, LGIS WA

Ben joined the OHS profession in 2003, after completing a Master’s degree in Occupational Health and Safety Management. Ben’s career has seen him work in a variety of roles in varying jurisdictions including NSW, London and now Western Australia. Previous roles include working as an OHS Consultant in the construction industry and as the Network OHS Advisor for the Nine Network Australia before joining WorkCover NSW.

After 4 years as a Senior Inspector, Ben moved to London for a 6 month stint as an Advisor for City West Homes. Returning to WorkCover NSW, Ben joined the Self Insurers Auditing Unit, progressing to Lead Auditor and to managing the Unit.

Ben joined LGIS in March 2015 to lead the OSH resource in developing safety programs and solutions for local government in WA.