4th High Reliability Organizing Conference

ConferneceTopic: Developing a Safety Culture through HRO!

  • Measuring your safety culture
  • Change models to create a culture of safety
  • Practical culture change processes and tools
  • Sharing real world HRO experience on an A-7 aircraft carrier

SAACOSH (Pty) Ltd is hosting a conference on the ground-breaking topic of high reliability organizing (HRO) during May this year, affording as many as possible Southern African industrial executives, managers and safety professionals the opportunity to be enlightened by thought leaders in this field such as Dr Bert Slagmolen from the Netherlands and Vice Admiral Tom Mercer, MS, from the United States.

The conference will be presented in Gauteng and the Northern Cape and has been structured with the South African business context in mind. Local thought leaders such as Francois Smith, Greg Heger and Dr Brett Solomon from SAACOSH will share their experience of the past five years with the implementation of HRO concepts and practices in a number of South African blue chip companies such as PPC, Glencore, Transalloys, Kumba Resources, Assmang Khumani, Samancor and Aveng Moolmans.


TOM MERCER, MS, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (ret.)
Tom was Superintendent of the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, California. He was also Executive Director of the Center for Risk Mitigation at the University of California, Berkeley. Before that he was on the Joint Chief’s Staff for interoperability, strategy, connectivity and operational planning. Mercer received his BS from the U.S. Naval Academy and his MSAE from the Naval Postgraduate School. He also graduated from the Navy’s nuclear propulsion school. Mercer was an A-7 carrier pilot and second commanding officer of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.

Apollo13 consultants, The Netherlands Bert started his professional career as a researcher and consultant in the field of organizational development and management of change. Since 2002 he is primarily devoted to High Reliability Organizing (HRO) and Organizing for Resilience. He was and is involved in various projects in the public and private sector that focus on realizing a better performance by means of leadership development, professional training, safety and reliability assessment programs, and organizational change. In addition to his consultancy work he is involved in the development of tools and techniques that support leaders and professionals in their journey towards a breakthrough in performance, safety and reliability. He is one of the founders of the proHRO network in Europe and the Institute for HRO in the USA.

19 May 2014 Namakwari Lodge Kathu - Northern Cape 21– 22 May 2014 Emperors Palace Jhb – Gauteng For more information and to register, please contact Marina Tel: 012 998 2602 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kindly download the flyer here: 2014 HRO CONFERENCE Flyer.pdf
Kindly download the registration form here: HRO 2014 Conference Registration Form.pdf

SAACOSH (Pty) Ltd is the leading provider of customised safety, health, environmental and quality training services. SAACOSH (Pty) Ltd was first registered as a Closed Corporation (cc) on 19 January 2005, with the aim to establish an organisation that would have as its aim to uplift the professionalism of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Practitioners.