Human Element One-day Modules

Invest in yourself with our Human Elements One-Day Online Modules. 

The online version of this popular course is now available to sign up. Please email for further information and to register your interest.

The course is divided into five modules for easy accessibility. Together, these cover the same material as the face to face course, exploring key issues in risk management and providing practical advice and knowledge. Each of the modules lasts three hours, and you can sign up for each module separately (please see the drop down menus below for further information on the modules covered). 

Who are these courses aimed at? The Human Element One-Day Online Modules are aimed at all participants within the maritime industry! Active mariners (officers and crew) will gain a better understanding of risk management practice and the relevant human element impacts. Shore-based marine managers, especially those in the HR and Safety disciplines, will be able to use this information to better manage risk management practice on board.

What will participants take away from these courses? These short courses are focused on various aspects of risk, and the human element impact on risk. Together, they will provide a comprehensive introduction and best practice guidance into risk management practice, as well as an introduction to the human element.


Risk and Risk-taking Behaviour

This workshop examines the cognitive and behavioural processes behind risk-taking behaviour. 

To do this we will examine the following:

  • Understanding Risk Theory
  • Risk-taking behaviour
  • The role of Culture, Motivation, Perception, Decision-making and Attitudes
  • Error and 'Rogue behaviour'
  • Incentive programs and risk-taking behaviour.

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Risk and the ISO 31 000 Standard

The standard ISO 31000: 2009 Risk Management – Principles and Guidelines was revised and updated in 2018. ISO 31000 is comprised of three major sections: principles for managing risk, framework for managing risk, and processes for managing risk. The standard presents 8 principles to be addressed in order to effectively manage risks and achieve objectives.

This workshop is aimed at providing the delegate with

  • clear introduction and concise overview of the revised standard.
  • provide guidance on its implementation.
  • risk management and decision making;
  • Influence of Human behaviour and culture on risk management at each level and stage;
  • risk management as an integral part of the organisational process;
  • the top management role in leadership.

Understanding Risk from a Human Element Perspective

This workshop will examine a cognitive psychology model, where the focus is on the ‘cognition’ (understanding) of risk in the workplace, and the accompanying psychological processes required for full understanding..

Workshop Framework:

  • To think and understand risk
  • Why workers often take risks
  • Introduction to the Ramsey Model
  • Perception
  • Cognition
  • Decision-making and
  • Ability 
    • Human Performance and Information Processing
    • Practical Case Studies

Managing Risk the 4-Step SAFE Way

Safety Risk Management (SRM) is a practical decision-making tool used by maritime personnel at all levels to increase operational effectiveness by identifying, assessing, controlling and monitoring risks. 

In this workshop, we will examine the following:

  • An introduction to Risk Management principles
  • Overview of theory and practice in SRM
  • SAFE process (SEE / ASSESS / FIX / EVALUATE) in practice
  • Practical application of SRM using case studies

Risk and Bow-Tie Analysis

Bow-Tie Risk Analysis are a structured method to assess risk where a qualitative approach may not be possible or desirable and gives a visual summary of all foreseeable hazards, consequences and controls derived from a variety of plausible accident scenarios . In this workshop, we will do the following:

  • Overview of theory and practice using Bow-Ties
  • Applying the Bow-Tie methodology
  • Providing the relevant ‘tools’ to assist in the process
  • Practical Exercises

Meet your instructor

Eric Holliday AFNI
Eric Holliday AFNI

Originally a Marine Engineer, Eric Holliday AFNI has 30 years’ experience as a safety professional. He is recognised as a pragmatic Human Factors Specialist and is an international ambassador for both the CHIRP Maritime and MARS Programmes. He is the CEO of a specialist maritime safety consultancy and leads an international non-profit organisation dedicated to improving health and safety within the commercial fishing industry. He has a keen interest in safety culture promotion, accident investigation, human error management, risk-taking behaviour and the risk / human interface.




About The Nautical Institute

The Nautical Institute is an international representative body for maritime professionals involved in the control of seagoing ships. It provides a wide range of services to enhance the professional standing and knowledge of members, who are drawn from all sectors of the maritime world. Founded in 1972, it has over 50 branches worldwide and some 7,000 members in more than 120 countries