Communication for Live Risk Assessment
A course for individuals, teams and organisations in powerful thinking that aids intelligent and timely responses to risk and opportunity.
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Understanding these important principles of information and communication is key to the effective control of risk.
Risk in dynamic environments
- How does one make decisions in the face of incomplete knowledge of events or circumstances?
- Why do instructions or safety signs sometimes get ignored?
- How does one ensure that the messages signs intend to communicate are received, understood, and acted upon?
- What exactly underlies a proactive "risk culture"?
These questions and many more are investigated in this course.Learn more
Please feel free to use the enquiry form at the bottom of this page to ask us any other question that you may have.
Why do we need something other than the traditional type of risk assessment?
As situations become more complex and/or fast-changing, the traditional techniques become more difficult to implement.
Research has demonstrated in such situations that initial risk assessment and planning activities are carried out very successfully, but "...performance deteriorated significantly during subsequent risk activities including risk response development, execution, risk monitoring and lessons learned activities...".
In addition traditional risk assessment is poor at identifying risks or opportunities that occur so rarely there is no memory or record of it available to the individual or team or organisation.
Who is presenting the course and what is their background?
He is an engineer with a background encompassing risk, business processes, information and communication engineering.
He has substantial experience in risk management acquired in the high risk environment of underground mining.
Later on he switched career track from mechanical engineering to ICT (Information and Communication Technology). His efforts to understand the underlying real world problems he was attempting to solve with technology lead him to study the fundamental principles that are covered in this course.
As regards his experience delivering training, please refer below to the testimonial section, or please feel free to request a curriculum vitaae through the enquiry form.
Who would benefit from the course?
Who can we help? Anybody with a responsibility for health, safety, and risk mitigation, including owners, managers, safety officers, supervisors, and any other responsible role.
From a professional development point of view, the engineer's code of ethics for example states that members should "... at all times be conscious of the effects of their work on the health and safety of individuals and on the welfare of society...". The course content also delivers on that type of stipulation.
What practical skills will course participants gain?
The problem that the course emphasises is increasing the capability for "live" risk assessment in the context of Operational Health and Safety.
Participants will learn how to do a type of audit, in essence.
This audit may be documented, or performed mentally as an element of judging the risk situation, and one's own capabilities and limitations within that situation, towards taking timely precautions appropriate for that situation.
Does the course content have application other than OHAS?
It certainly does.
For example, topics like handling uncertainty, examining autonomy, systems thinking, interdependence of actors, unintended consequences, and other topics that bear on the challenges of doing live risk assessment in an OHAS context, have potentially much wider application.
But the present course draws on the career experience of the trainer in OHAS type risk. Since other types of risk domain lie outside of the experience of the trainer, courses within these domains are not offered.
Conceivably however, in the future, when such expertise is drawn in, we could develop such courses. Without doubt also, anyone attending the OHAS course who wanted to apply these principles to a domain other than OHAS they would be able to do that, and we would be happpy to help them to do that.
What are the topics covered?
During the course development process, what was originally a long list of topics has been reduced down to four primary concepts that are treated in each of four training sessions, as described in the "course overview" section below.
Everything that needs to be accounted for in a "live" risk assessment is some combination of these core concepts.
Is this a course about computers and IT?
We investigate and work to understand the fundamental information and communication processes primarily in non-technological terms.
We do reference the basic technological information and communication concepts, mostly to understand their strengths, weaknesses and whether they are fit for purpose for what is ultimately wanted in real-world terms.
We alternate throughout the four sessions between theory and practice.
Introduction to the concept of "variety", and Ashby's law of requisite variety, towards effective measurement of the the capability of individuals, teams, and organisations to grasp their risk environment, and considerations in increasing that capability and controlling their risk environment.
Information is a difference that makes a difference, and we use information to inform continuous acts of decision. However autonomy is key to it, whether on the level of an individual, team, or organisation, and entails an awareness of the interdependent entities and the environment they operate together in.
Conceiving things in terms of “systems” enables us to draw on a number of needed concepts and aids to thinking. In this session we model a variety of situations in these terms, and demonstrate how to progress decision making from instinct alone towards a more systematic approach yielding insight and better understanding.
This session ties everything together, and we formalise in our framework the mechanisms of learning and adaptation that individuals, teams, and organisations use to reach their objectives within their risk environment, overcoming human frailties that emerge in dealing with risky situations and often unintuitive probabilities.
Feedback about the course trainer.
"As our lead trainer and course designer, Ronan brought his practical experience to bear on all of our course material, taking the time to understand our clients' needs and the end results they sought. This was greatly appreciated by our clients..."
Jill Gumbley, Cadmasters and Cadsystems
"I have had the pleasure of engaging Ronan to speak at two seminars. Ronan inspired his audience on both occasions with his detailed and unique insights into the 'Collaborative Dynamics' that give rise to innovation..."
Brian Cassidy, Cork City Council
"Ronan delivered training to our corporate clients and a private college client we had. I always received excellent feedback on his performance, the key to which was his ability to engage with learners each on an individual level..."
Beatry Bear, Byteback Computer Training
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