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Systems Thinking: A Novel Approach to Safety Management

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Special offer (until May 31, 2022): Sign up for one of our free online DOHS or COHS info sessions or an OHS webinar, and get 30% off any 3 new course registrations in COHS, DOHS, or CSL.

This event is part of our "Let's Talk Safety" webinar series

To understand and improve the way our organizations work, we need to start thinking "systems". If we are ever to reduce risk, achieve zero fatalities, and zero disabling incidents, the safety community as a whole needs to move to systems thinking.

Systems thinking means considering the interactions between all the parts of the system (human, legal, technical, information, economic and organizational) in light of an organization's goals.

In this session we will:

  • Review traditional views of workplace hazards, hazard controls, and risk management
  • Discuss the most common causes of workplace incidents
  • Describe and discuss the various systems common to most organizations that impact workplace health and safety outcomes
  • Describe the interactions in the systems and failures that often result in workplace incidents
  • Discuss how to use information and findings from workplace inspections and incidents to improve systems
  • Provide a framework for safety practitioners to start the "systems thinking" conversation at your workplace

We know that by focusing on the entire system the safety professional can better identify solutions, or leverage points, that address many problems that are possible in the system. The positive effect of this is that it will leverage improvements throughout the system and, in doing so, leverage organizational improvements.

About the presenter

Glyn Jones is a partner at EHS Partnerships Ltd. in Calgary, Alberta. He is a consulting occupational health and safety professional with 35 years of experience in the field and has presented at numerous conferences. In addition to teaching in the UNB OHS program, Glyn has been teaching occupational health and safety for a number of Canadian universities for 25 years. 


Feb. 23, 2022
2 p.m. (Atlantic) / 1 p.m. (Eastern)

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