Presented by Mark Alston
Traditional risk assessments are used by organisations to justify decisions already made and to ratify controls that are already in place. Risk assessments can become a ‘cut & paste’ exercise with little or no innovation discovered. Controls remain predominately focused on ‘Safety Work’ rather than the ‘Safety of Work’.
Utilising a Learning Teams approach to risk assessments, allows a facilitator to explore the work as normal, focus on assessing genuine risks and enable an environment that encourages a risk assessment team to innovate. This approach can be easily incorporated into organisations existing risk assessment processes.
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About Mark Alston
Mark’s strong operational background provides the foundation to understand an organisation’s needs and to develop programs unique to them that drive leadership cultural changes. Mark has worked with a diverse range of organisations, including Urban Utilities, Resolute Mining, Mayfair Group, CBH Resources, Southpac International, BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Macmahon Holdings, CQMS Razer and Mitchell Services.
With extensive experience in coaching and facilitation, Mark has a distinctive ability to communicate with all levels of an organisation and develop an understanding of how front-line work is completed. This allows Mark to guide an empowered workforce to develop practical, risk-based solutions.
Mark is considered an expert in workplace investigations, which commenced in his role as a Federal Agent in the Australian Federal Police, responsible for investigating organised crime and large-scale drug and fraud offences.
As a member of the Australian Institute of Health and Safety (AIHS), Mark holds qualifications in management, safety, investigation and auditing.
Mark, an accomplished public speaker, has presented at Workplace Health and Safety Queensland workshops, Erik Hollnagel’s Safety II in Practice Workshop, AIHS Visions Conference, Safety In Action Conference, as well as presenting several webinars for MyOsh. Mark has also been a guest on podcasts for the Culture Radar and Samuel Goodman’s the HOP Nerd.