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Procedures: Designing for Compliance


Effective procedures are crucial for organisations to perform consistently and safely. They are especially important when operating in safety critical environments.

Organisations commonly rely on procedures as a way of controlling health, safety and business risks, but they can only achieve this if they are well designed and people comply with them.

This short online course aims to introduce delegates to the principles of developing effective procedures, or reviewing and improving existing ones, and provides suggestions on how they can encourage compliance with procedures within their organisation.

Learning outcomes

Delegates will be provided with high-level information that will help them to:

  • Understand what procedures are, why they are needed and how procedures should fit into controlling risks in an organisation
  • Know the steps needed to design, implement and manage effective procedures
  • Understand how to apply human factors principles to review, design and produce effective procedures
  • Know how to encourage compliance with procedures within their organisation

What the course will cover

The course is designed to provide an introduction to the basics of designing, developing, implementing and managing procedures, as well as enhancing compliance, based on human factors good practice. Delegates will develop a better appreciation of the complexities of designing effective procedures, so that they will be able to manage the development, implementation, control and compliance of their procedures more effectively.

Who should attend?

The course is aimed at procedure writers and reviewers and those that manage this process. Typically, this includes managers, supervisors and technicians who are involved in developing and using procedures in a wide range of scenarios. The course is also useful to those who need to follow safety-critical procedures, to help them understand why and how procedures are produced, so that they can contribute effectively to the development process.


The course will be run at the HSE Science and Research Centre in the spa town of Buxton.

Buxton is in the heart of the Peak District and has good links to major roads and motorways, mainline train stations and Manchester International Airport.

Details of hotels in the Buxton area can be found at


£545 per person (includes course notes, lunch and refreshments).

Please note that all courses must be paid for via credit card at the time of booking.

Some of our training courses can also be delivered in-company, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Telephone: +44 (0)203 028 3704

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