Hazardex 2021 Paper - The ‘golden thread’ linking Human Factors, Competence and Compliance problems and solutions


This presentation will look at the ‘golden thread’ that links Human Factors, Competence and Compliance problems and solutions.

The presentation will discuss the following core issues that are highly interdependent and critical to help equip your future workforce with compliance skills and competence requirements:

- Cultures and Behaviours
- Human Factors
- Safety Culture
- Knowledge & Competence
- Regulations - to help keep your ‘License to Operate’
- Process Safety Leadership

We will explore how these topics make a significant contribution to maintaining effective process safety and competence management, as well as enhancing  safety and wellbeing – a part of Human Factors regulatory compliance.

Neil Smith

Neil Smith is the Head of Workforce Development at Cogent Skills and is a founder member of the Process Safety Management Competence Programme Board and took a leading role in the development of the UK’s PSM Skills Strategy. The PSM Skills Strategy supports the development of the PSM training standards - assuring that the programme is backed with the highest quality training provision since the establishment of the PSM programme in 2010. Neil continues to provide ongoing support to the PSM Competence Programme Board and Expert Panel.

Working in partnership with Cogent Skills consultancy subject matter experts and approved trainers, Neil also leads the development of tailored and bespoke PSM training solutions for employers both within the UK and internationally, with clients including National Grid, Unilever, GSK, Tata Steel, British Steel, Johnson Matthey, Tullow Oil, MODEC and Stena Drilling. Neil leads the Cogent Skills consultancy team that supports businesses to evaluate and improve their approach to workforce competence management and human factors and supporting their development of resilient and sustainable competence management systems.