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Spotlight For Behavioural Safety

10 February 2014

Costain’s Behavioural Management Team hosted its second CBS User Conference in Warrington recently.

Titled ‘Bringing the Theory to Life’, speakers addressed a broad range of behavioural science issues providing delegates with a rich mix of the history and theory behind behavioural science alongside the real-life implementation and impact of applying it in all areas of business and personal life.

Director of Behavioural Management, Alan Cheung, said: “Delegates came from a range of industries and organisations, with many clients and potential clients among the audience. Clients were also among some of the guest speakers invited to share their experiences of behavioural science in the workplace, along with Professor Carl Hughes of Bangor University who described the ‘adapt to survive’ theories of Darwin and how they applied to successful businesses.”

Feedback from delegates has been highly positive.  Head of Safety and Security at Drax Power, Martin Sloan, said: "My partner rarely shows interest in my work, yet following the conference we sat at the kitchen table chatting until almost midnight going through each of the talks – she found the topics and range of subjects fascinating and wished she had been present herself.  I thought every presenter did a fantastic job and they really did themselves, and Costain, proud.

“Everything worked; from my night at the hotel and being made to feel incredibly welcome, to the warm reception at the conference, and of course the content itself.  The day appeared meticulously and cleverly planned, where each of the speakers' subjects appeared to run naturally to the next linking and building throughout the day. I look forward to catching up soon and working with you and your team again. A truly lasting impression. Fab job!!”

Safety, Health and Environment Manager at Thames Tideway Tunnel bid team, Doug Henney, said: "You and your team did a brilliant job yesterday, I found the day informative with lots to take away and apply in the business.  Jon Spencer was a master at knitting it all together and the presenters delivered to a high standard.

“I am particularly pleased that at last the business is seeing the benefit of moving the behavioural aspect into a wider business context. I will look forward as you and your team get on with that task, small steps at a time.”

The overall consensus of the feedback was that the conference had provided delegates with plenty of ideas to take away and apply within their business.