Understanding Major Accident Hazards

Hazard identification workshop for concrete safety improvements

Our 3-day hazard identification workshop has been designed for supervisors, managers and workers and focuses on your organization’s ability to prevent something bad from happening, prevent something bad getting worse, or at the very least, recover from something bad once it has happened.

The workshop raises awareness and increases understanding of hazard identification, risk perception and the barriers that should be in place to prevent major accident hazards. The first two days of the workshop are designed for everyone within an organization. However, the third day is designed specifically for leaders and focuses on developing leadership skills.
You will increase your understanding of, and practice, the coaching skills you require to gain assurance that everything is being done to prevent something bad from happening. The skills you gain can be easily integrated in your daily management and supervisory duties.

Your Benefits

By the end of the hazard identification training you will have an understanding of:
Risk perception
  • Increased awareness and understanding of hazard identification.
  • The dangers of hazard blindness.
  • Your own perception and how it influences your view of risk.
  • Appropriate behavior around control of work tools.
  • An awareness and understanding of major accident hazards.
Process safety barrier management
  • Barriers to manage and prevent hazard risks
Gaining assurance
  • Coaching skills to deploy when interacting with employees in the course of their duties.

Our Workshop Structure

We understand that effective learning is active learning. Our workshops are structured around group discussion and individual participation, encouraging delegates to interact meaningfully with the course content. In addition to equipping staff with the tools they need to influence positively the safety culture of their organizations, each seminar showcases the combination of technical expertise and behavioral science knowledge that makes our approach unique. This, together with our extensive cross-industry experience, is the basis for our excellent global reputation.
Welcome and IntroductionGeneral introduction from trainer followed by a senior member of the leadership team setting the scene.
Aims and ObjectivesThese are detailed in the learning outcomes.
Ice-breakerDelegates introduce themselves and take part in a short activity to break the ice.
Lions and TigersTo allow people to understand the difference between:

Lions: high probability / low consequence (occupational safety e.g. gloves, personal protective equipment etc.)

Tigers: low probability / high consequence (process safety)
Example of Major AccidentA video showing the real results of process safety not being taken seriously and the accident that ensues.
Reasonable ForeseeabilityAn introduction to the concept of reasonable foreseeability – the only thing an organization must do is determine if something bad happening is reasonably foreseeable.
Aspects of ResilienceAn introduction to James Reason’s Aspects of Resilience. These refer to the company’s ability to:

Prevent something bad from happening

Prevent something bad from becoming worse

Recover from something bad once it has happened
Major Accident HazardsTo gain an understanding and awareness of what major accident hazards exist at their workplace.
Swiss Cheese Barrier ModelTo gain an understanding of the barrier model and the potential consequences of defeating barriers to major accidents.
Safety Critical ElementsAn introduction to safety critical elements and our responsibility in maintaining them.
Chronic UneaseAn introduction to the concept of chronic unease, as it relates to behavior motivated by competence and care.
Hazard AwarenessAn exploration of the limitations of being human and the fallibilities that result.
Risk AssessmentFacilitated session to establish an understanding of the ‘process’, or ‘how’ and ‘why’ of risk assessment.
Toolbox TalksPrepare and conduct a toolbox talk considering the information about major accident hazards.
Legal and Moral ResponsibilityTo gain an understanding of what the law says and what our moral responsibility is in terms of safety.
GROW ModelAn introduction to a model promoting conversation and discussion.
ListeningAn introduction to the different types of listening focusing on active listening.
Questioning An introduction to the different types of questions we can ask and the rule of 3.


  • We are a behavioral change consultancy striving for a sustainable improvement in safety outcomes.
  • We influence the safety culture of an organization with the aim of 'making a difference for the better'.
  • We specialize in delivering the skills, methods, and motivation to change leadership attitudes, behaviors and decision making among employees.