Event Details

Thursday, 25 August, 2022 - 10:00 to Thursday, 15 September, 2022 - 12:00
Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)


AIHS Members - $855 + GST
Non-Members - $950 + GST


Event Organising Body: 
Art of Work
(07) 3051 5856


Endorsed Training

Shift from reactive mindset to one of creativity & curiosity, and move your organisation’s safety thinking upstream. Sign up now for our new expert-led learning journey. Enabling Design will teach you how to harness the innovation and creativity that exists within your organisation and to apply design thinking to your organisations safety problems.

Bring design thinking to your organisation to elevate controls and solutions away from wasteful and repetitive administrative processes and move your organisation’s safety thinking upstream.

Work-centered design is not about prevention through design - it’s about designing for better work through engaging those closest to the task. Shift from a reactive mindset to one of curiosity and creativity and break the cycle of incident-investigation-incident to build effective and sustainable solutions to safety problems.

Enabling Design: Using Work-centered Design to Build Safety Capacity teaches you how to harness the innovation and creativity that exists within your organisation to build processes that are fit for purposes, safe and sustainable. Learn the tools and tactics needed to bring work-centered design to your organisation and implement a sustainable difference to the way work is done, by building upon what goes right.

What is a Enabling Design?

Organisations and professionals are increasingly interested in the ideologies established by Safety Differently and in the potential of Safe Design. However, too often these concepts are seen at odds with each other with one viewing people as the solution and the other viewing engineering as the solution. Enabling Design: Using Human Centred Design to Build Safety Capacity is about building a synergy between two concepts, bringing the end user into the design process through curiosity and learning from how work is done, rather than how work is intended.

It’s not about prevention through design - it’s about designing for better work.

Event Details

Thursday 25th August
Thursday 1st September
Thursday 8th September
Thursday 15th September

Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm AEST
Format: Online Workshop
AIHS Member: $855 + GST
Non-Members $950 + GST

What you will Learn

  • The similarities in the safe design and safety differently movement.

  • The broad definition of ‘design’ as a foundation for safety differently.

  • How to bring an upstream influence based on what goes right.

  • How the work design process can be enhanced by learning from what goes right.

  • What leaders and safety professionals can do to build an enhanced safety management system based on the synergies presented in this course.

Programme Breakdown

This highly interactive and participative program blends individual self-paced learning and reflection with engaging live online group sessions. Each participant will be given access to our interactive platform featuring case studies, videos, podcasts, articles and more, to optimise your learning journey.

The program runs over 4 weeks and consists of 4 x 120-minute sessions.
Before each module begins, we will invite you to undertake guided, self-led learning, including a thought-provoking video, podcast, and reading collateral to prepare you for the topics featured in the next module.

Module 1: What is design and work-centred design

Module 2: Accidents, Regulations and getting past the bureaucracy

Module 3: Design Thinking

Module 4: Opportunities for Innovation


Your Presenters

Prof. Michael Behm
Michael is a professor of Occupational Safety at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, and Coordinator of the Working Commission on Safety and Health in Construction at the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction, in the Netherlands. He holds a PhD in Public Health from Oregon State University. Mike has been a Certified Safety Professional since 1995. He was a safety and health professional for 10 years with Lenox China and Saint-Gobain Corporation. Mike serves on the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s Construction Sector Occupational Research and Prevention through Design (PtD) Councils. He was previously a Research Fellow at the Centre for Urban Greenery and Ecology, Singapore focusing on safe design aspects of urban greenery systems, and a Visiting Fellow at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Mike’s philosophy on work is that each person has a significant role in arranging the conditions where they and their workmates can be successful.


Kelvin Genn
Kelvin Genn is the Art of Work’s Managing Director. He is a strategic systems thinker with experience in Human Factors and organizational re-engineering. He developed his systems thinking approach working in the Royal Australian Air Force for 10 years. Following this, for 10 years, he led systems and risk management program across Asia Pacific and Europe with Compass Group Plc, the world’s largest support service company with more than 750,000 employees. More recently he was working for (SKM) Sinclair Knight Merz as the Global General Manager for Safety and Wellness delivering safety for major project construction in mining, energy and infrastructure. As a Board Member for NSW Health, Kelvin has worked as the NSW Health Director for Clinical Quality and Patient Safety. He has also worked with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care to develop the national accreditation system for all health care providers across Australia. He was responsible for shaping the state and national agendas for clinical health care safety and quality through provision of expert advice to the NSW Health Management Board and the NSW Minister of Health.


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