Event Details

Friday, 19 February, 2021 - 14:30 to 15:30
Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time (AEDT)


Online Webinar


AIHS Members- Complimentary 
Non-Members - Complimentary 


Event Organising Body: 
Australian Institute of Health & Safety
(03) 8336 1995



Join us on Friday 19 February for a webinar session titled: Risk Competency to Improve Safety

How do humans make judgements about risk? How do we ensure risk assessment tools and processes genuinely engage people with risk? How do we hit the ‘sweet spot’ where people can make decisions about their work, fail, and learn, yet avoid incident and injury?

This webinar will give an introduction to the theory and evidence behind human expertise development, the strength of intuitive decisions, and what we can do practically to leverage this for better safety outcomes. Moving beyond the ‘mechanics’ of our decisions, we will touch on:

  • the role of culture, beliefs, and emotions in safety behaviours;
  • human error and just culture;
  • safety leadership; and
  • how all this can create ‘risk competency’ in frontline workers.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding reasoning vs intuitive decision making, and why we need both.
  • Understanding the complex relationship between individual behaviour, internal factors such as beliefs, and external factors like culture and leadership.
  • Challenging the status quo: ideas to revamp risk management and engage with the workforce.

Event details
Date: Friday 19 February 2021
Time: 14:30 - 15:30 AEDT
Cost:  Complimentary
Format: One-hour zoom webinar - Log in details will be emailed to registered attendees 1-2 days prior to the webinar. 

This webinar will be recorded and distributed to paid registered attendees 3-4 days after the event.

Your Speaker 

Tim Lawler, Senior Consultant, epigroup 

In the years he spent working on drilling rigs across Australia and offshore, Tim never felt comfortable with the pessimistic view of human capability in high-risk environments – where behaviour-based safety programs largely laid the blame for error at the feet of people, and ‘engineering the idiot out’ of decisions was the philosophy of many leaders in safety-critical industries.

After suffering a few injuries offshore, Tim ended his time in the drilling sector and returned to complete degrees in psychology and philosophy. Gaining greater knowledge of industrial psychology, human factors and human performance, he developed a passion to deliver practical, evidence-based solutions in high-risk industries that sees human expertise as the key to unlocking safe operational performance.

Since leaving operational roles, Tim has been working as a facilitator and consultant, and has been with Epigroup for nearly three years where he enjoys engaging both white and blue collar workers, and coaching them to seek continuous improvement by challenging the status quo