safety

safety

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drama at the heart of your safety programme

 

Click here for a list of our safety scenarios

 
 
 
 

We are interested in all aspects of behavioural or behaviour-based safety training and in sharing good practice wherever possible – from complacency to dynamic risk assessment, from frontline intervention to leadership behaviours, from personal responsibility and accountability to safety culture.

 

Since 1996 we have been creating unique HSE workshops and programmes We are very proud of our partnerships in safety, including our work alongside Step Change, OPITO, and IOSH.

 

We operate in a wide range of industries, including oil and gas, construction, nuclear, road, rail, airports, distilleries, facilities management, shipping and local government.

 

We use a range of behaviour-based and research-based techniques, with a focus on understanding the psychology of at risk behaviours.

 

All our plays and workshops focus on behaviour and consider the impact of human factors on safety.

 

Each play acts as a driver to an interactive workshop or conference program. These events can last from 45 minutes to a full day or more. The structure and dynamic of the programme can be tailored precisely to your needs.

 

Options range from:

  • bite-sized modules
  • small, intensive, skills and awareness workshops
  • full-blown conference session
  • one to two day ‘learning journey’

 

Shared understanding of the safety culture at work is critical to any organisation in which safety plays a central role.

Q. How do you achieve this?
A. By showing what the safety culture looks like.

 

AKT_image_39That’s why Shell, BP, Balfour Beatty and Magnox use us – to reflect the reality of ‘the way we do things round here’, through theatre.

When you can see what’s wrong, you can put it right.

 

interactive techniques

In addition to scripted plays, akt uses a range of high impact, interactive techniques to engage, entertain and challenge the audience:

 

forum theatre (stop/start)

In forum theatre we ask our participants to get involved with the action and on occasion even step into the picture itself. Our actors play out a part of a scene we have already witnessed. We then ask our participants to stop the action, give live feedback or coaching to our characters on their behaviour and then continue to support them as they test out these new behaviours. This helps participants make the important transition from identifying “What we need to do” to “How we need to do it“.

 

the bearpit/hot seating

The characters in the play make themselves available to the audience in order that difficult behaviours can be explored in conversation. Attendees can ask anything of the characters, and the responses are always engaging, frequently revealing and sometimes very moving. This can help us identify the drivers and motivators for the characters’ behaviour and help us understand how to help them (and ourselves) change. Characters can be engaged individually (hot seating) or in a group (the bearpit), because answers can be quite different when a character knows their boss is listening.

 

skills practice (role-play)

With skills practice, participants are given the opportunity to practise real behaviours and receive constructive feedback in a safe environment. We can design skills practice sessions around your specific needs.

 

play for today

We ask participants in groups to devise a short piece of drama taken from their own experience of a real incident and the behaviours that contributed to that. They then devise another short piece which demonstrates the behaviours that could have prevented that incident. Fun, and at the same time conveying important and very personal messages about safety behaviours.