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Women in Safety #15 - How Does Psychological Risk Impact Safety and Our Business?

By Tamara Parris
Published: May 4, 2020 | Last updated: August 29, 2020 12:01:25
Key Takeaways

Is psychological risk part of an EHS Professional's responsibility; should we be concerned about it or is it a HR area?

In episode fifteen of Women in Safety, sponsored by Safeopedia, we are chatting with Dr Susanne Bahn CEO of Tap into Safety and Dr Philippa Milne, Specialist Learning & Development at Rio Tinto. We talk about what is psychological risk? We look at what it takes to develop psychological safety in the workplace, importance of team building and our role as Safety Professional's in relation to mitigating psychological risk in our workplaces. Susanne and Philippa share their knowledge and experience with us during their discussion. We did record this during Covid-19 Home Isolation period and audio quality may not be 100%.


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About Our Guests:

Dr Susanne Bahn is widely recognized as a world expert in workplace hazard perception research. Susanne brings over 15 years’ consultancy and 10 years’ research at Edith Cowan University, and is the author of two books and over 50 journal articles published in Australian and international journals.

Sue knows her way around safety in hazardous workplaces. Her specific expertise focuses on induction deafness, risk blindness and risk management. A passionate individual, Sue is on a mission to lift the safety standard across Australia and internationally. Her qualifications include a PhD (Business – Health and Safety Management), a Masters in Human Resource Management, a Bachelor of Education and a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education.

In response to consultation with industry, Sue started Tap into Safety, and is their CEO, to develop an interactive safety and employee mental health training software platform. The platform reflects her research findings which demonstrated that inclusion into ongoing training (e.g. safety inductions) significantly reduces workplace injury and machinery damage and supports employee mental health.

The Tap into Safety platform provides over 35 out of the box training courses and can work with clients to develop custom training content.


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Dr. Philippa Milneis a senior instructional designer (i.e. Virtual Reality content design, organisational consulting, learning & development, group facilitation, academic research, online learning programs, leadership training, and employee well-being programs). She's working in Learning & Development in the Koodaideri iron ore new mine project. Her PhD was completed through Macquarie University (psychological well-being among FIFO workers). She has delivered training, instructional design, psychological assessments and counselling through a number of employment positions. Training content developed by Philippa is sold internationally through Tap into Safety, where safety and mental health solutions include over 28 pre-built modules.



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Twitter: philippa_mp


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Written by Tamara Parris

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Tamara Parris is the VP of Community and Business Development at Safeopedia, and owner of EHS Professionals Group on LinkedIn. Her passion is working with other EHS Professionals to collaborate in thought leadership, networking and connecting our industry peers to resources that will increase profitability and safety practices within their workplaces. Tamara has been in the Health and Safety field for over 20 years, her industry experiences include the Construction sector, CCTV and Security, and Commercial Retail industries.

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