• Port Skills & Safety Limited (map)
  • 30 Park Street
  • London, England, SE1
  • United Kingdom

Art of Work brings you a Master Class for business leaders and managers interested in improving safety by building and aligning organisational strengths.

Safety has traditionally been about the elimination of negative outcomes. In the pursuit of this goal, people have increasingly become a problem to control, and safety a bureaucratic activity. In this one day Master Class, participants will learn how safety can be managed by seeing people as a resource to harness, how safety can be about enabling things to go right, and how safety can become an ethical responsibility to do what is right.

Safety Differently suggests a paradigm shift in how organisations understand and manage safety. This paradigm sees deviations and people’s behaviours not as the causes of incidents, but as symptoms of how work is organised. To adapt and overcome, organisations can focus on building strengths, harnessing the potential of their people to contribute, and find direction by doing what is right by their employees.

Over the last 5 years, a growing number of organisations have developed practices and methods that help organisations to organise safety differently. In this one day Master Class, attendees will be introduced to the ideas and principles that underpin the Appreciative Safety movement, but also the proven tools, methods and practices that allow organisations to manage safety differently.

Marc McLaren, Chief Enabler at Art of Work and Helen Rawlinson, Managing Director UK at Art of Work will be presenting the day.


Marc is an engaging presenter, analytical thinker, executive leader, facilitator, and WHS professional with over 25 years of business and field management experience. He understands the breadth and depth of WHS, which has resulted in the development of an innovative portfolio of services. Marc’s initial study covered psychology, sociology and political science at the University of Sydney, graduating with a Bachelor of Social Studies. Marc has continued learning and has been awarded a Master of Occupational Health and Safety with distinction from the University of Newcastle. He is currently researching organisational safety decision-making and performance at UTS in Sydney.

Helen Rawlinson has over 10 years’ experience working in safety across a wide range of industries, including construction, manufacturing, recycling and government. She has a degree in Health and Safety management and a strong passion for changing perceptions of the industry as well as encouraging businesses to connect with their people to harness an understanding of what work really is like. Helen sits on the review board for the UK industry magazine, SHP. She is known for her interest in reducing bureaucracy and for her ability in challenging and supporting businesses with their transformational journey between traditional safety and Safety Differently.

Participants will learn:

  • Why focusing on what helps and hinders normal work will improve safety
  • How people are a solution to harness, rather than a problem to control
  • New ways to measure safety that will drive empowerment and innovation
  • Why leaders need to host conversations about what goes on at work
  • How organisations can learn from what goes right
  • How organisations have managed to build their safety management systems on the Safety Differently principles

Participants will receive:

  • Copies of the presentation material
  • Membership to Art of Work’s exclusive Lighthouse Centre of Excellence
  • Access for 6 months to a Master Class web portal loaded with resources relating to foundations of safety differently, including case studies, change strategies, journal articles, book references, links to e-resources, and tools to collaborate with other participants beyond the Master Class event.

Testimonials from previous Appreciative Safety Master Classes:

The Appreciative Safety Master Class gave me new ideas on how we can engage our people for improved performance. - David Schelbach, Global Manager HSE, IXOM

The Appreciative Safety Master Class is a truly different learning experience and great for those looking to challenge their perspectives and views on health and safety. - Tim Fleming, General Manager HSE - Australia Hub - Laing O'Rourke

This Master Class outlines the most innovative and progressive safety thinking available. It allows participants to think outside the box and identify practical opportunities for change. - David Provan, General Manager HSE Origin

Event details:

When: 8am-5pm

Venue: Port Skills & Safety Limited, First Floor, 30 Park Street, London, SE1 9EQ



Ticket purchasing: https://www.artof.work/all-events/london-15-12-17-safety-differently