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The use of actor-based immersive health and safety inductions: Lessons from the Thames Tideway Tunnel megaproject

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posted on 18.01.2021, 09:09 by Eleanor Harvey, James Pinder, Roger Haslam, Andrew Dainty, Alistair Gibb
Health and safety inductions are ubiquitous in construction but tend to be poorly designed and suffer low levels of worker engagement. In this paper we report on the evaluation of an innovative, full day, actor-based health and safety induction called EPIC, currently being used on London’s Thames Tideway Tunnel megaproject. As of March 2019, more than 14,000 individuals had attended EPIC. This evaluation examines the impact of EPIC from the perspective of participants and other stakeholders, and considers the utility of actor-based immersive health and safety inductions for use more widely, in both construction and other sectors. Using a mixed-method, longitudinal approach to data collection, EPIC is evaluated against Kirkpatrick’s (1959) ‘four levels’ framework of reactions, learning, behaviour change and results. This paper discusses factors which support and hinder actor-based inductions, and the challenges involved in assessing the impact of inductions on subsequent behaviour and health and safety outcomes.

Funding

Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)

Bazalgette Tunnel Ltd

History

Published in

Applied Ergonomics: Human factors in technology and society

Volume

82

Publisher

Elsevier

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Elsevier

Publisher statement

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Applied Ergonomics: Human factors in technology and society and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apergo.2019.102955.

Acceptance date

15/09/2019

Publication date

2019-10-09

Copyright date

2019

ISSN

0003-6870

Language

en

Depositor

Prof Roger Haslam

Article number

102955