Human decisions and system performance

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Date(s) - 12/12/2023
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm



Human decisions and system performance

Hazards Forum in-person event at the Institution of Civil Engineers, One Great George Street, London UK


An event to discuss human contribution to decision-making and system performance across sectors and disciplines. The Hazards Forum considers this subject particularly important: even as engineered systems become more complex, the need to intervene at times will continue to arise with little or no reduction in urgency. How humans make their decisions and how this contributes to overall system performance becomes increasingly significant.

Who should attend?

Engineers, scientists, HSSEQ specialists and leaders across all sectors who work in organisations where human decision making can affect the performance of systems that deliver outcomes critical to health, safety, security, environment, quality etc.

Why attend?

  • Hear from leaders in their fields discussing this increasingly important subject,
  • Opportunity to ask your own questions as part of the discussion,
  • Meet and network with peers across sectors and disciplines.


We will hear from speakers from academia and industry: 

Professor Rhona Flin, Professor of Industrial Psychology at Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon

Rhona’s will outline the background to a non-technical skills approach and its application in higher risk settings.

Rhona Flin is Professor of Industrial Psychology, Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University and Emeritus Professor of Applied Psychology, University of Aberdeen. Her research examines human performance in high-risk work settings focusing on safety, organisational culture, and non-technical skills in the energy sector, healthcare and
aviation. She is a Board member of Step Change in (Offshore) Safety and a Trustee of the Clinical Human Factors Group. Her books include Safety at the Sharp End: A Guide to Non-Technical Skills (2008, with O’Connor & Crichton – now being revised).

Talk on ‘Non-Technical Skills and Safer Decision Making’.

Helen Conlin, Head of HSSE at STL and member of the IChemE Major Hazards Committee and Safety and Loss Prevention Special Interest Group committee.

Helen will present the approach, findings and output from a recent IChemE project on process safety competence including the relevance of non-technical skills to professional engineers and process safety (technical/system safety) competence.

Helen is a chartered chemical engineer, Fellow of IChemE and IChemE registered safety professional with over 25 years’ experience in regulation, industry and consultancy and extensive experience supporting high and medium hazard facilities covering technical, human and organisational factors across a wide range of sectors.

Since 2021 Helen has been co-chair of an IChemE Major Hazards Committee project to improve process safety competence assurance for chemical engineers (Part 1), process safety professionals (Part 2) and organisations (Part 3).  Improving recognition of the importance and contribution of Non Technical Skills to engineers’ process safety competence has been a key objective.

Talk on:  ‘How Non Technical Skills Enhance or Constrain Technical Skills and Knowledge’.

Andrew Sherry is Professor of Materials and Structures at the University of Manchester.

Andrew is a senior advisor to the nuclear industry and professor of materials and structures at Manchester will discuss the role of emotional intelligence in safety in high hazard sectors.

Previously he was Chief Scientist and a member of the Board of the National Nuclear Laboratory and Directed the Dalton Nuclear Institute at Manchester. He provides independent expert advice to Government and Industry on nuclear safety, research, and innovation. Andrew is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Nuclear Institute and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

Talk on, ‘Emotional Intelligence –  the secret enabler of nuclear safety’.

To book your place onto this in-person event, please visit the ICE website.

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