Moving up the culture ladder by Professor Patrick Hudson

Professor Patrick Hudson describes organisational culture as a game of snakes and ladders—we can climb up but also slide down.

This presentation gives suggestions on how organisations can use the concept of the ‘safety ladder’ to advance their safety.

Professor Hudson is an international expert. He talks about how leaders in safety need to be ready to do difficult things. He says they need to understand that listening to bad news is a necessary part of managing safety.

Who is this presentation for?

This presentation is for:

  • leaders
  • managers
  • work health and safety consultants 
  • anyone with a passion for improving organisational performance.

About the presenter

Professor Hudson is a psychologist with wide experience of safety management in a variety of high-hazard industries. He is Professor of the Human Factor in Safety at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. He was one of the developers of the Tripod model for Shell which is better known as the ‘Swiss Cheese’ model.

Professor Hudson was selected as a Distinguished Lecturer of the Society of Petroleum Engineers in 2012–13, and an expert witness on process safety and safety culture in the BP Deepwater Horizon lawsuit in New Orleans.

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