The topical issue of occupational stress was raised by RosTaylor, director of Plus Consulting. Taylor, a chartered psychologist,presented a guide to understanding stress and to developing coping strategiesfor a workforce. Taylor suggested a simple method to help individuals combatstress. The “one-minute breathing test” is a way of relaxing andshows how poorly most of us breathe. Count the number of breaths taken in aminute – 10-12 being the average. When we are tense our breathing tends to speedup automatically, so by slowing it down we can also decrease our heart rate. Adeeper, slower breath rids the lungs of stale air, stops us feeling dizzy andhelps relax our muscles. When we repeat the minute, slowing down each breath,notice how calm we become and more prepared we are to face the next hurdle. Held in September over three days at Keele University, the25th anniversary symposium focused on the future of health and safety for localauthorities and public service bodies and the increasing importance of humanbehaviour on health and safety. The second day saw several presentations that concentratedon these behavioural aspects. Lyndon Shearman, a consultant from Key Health andSafety, introduced the concept of neurolinguistic programming (NLP) and showedhow it can influence health and safety thinking. NLP is a discipline whichlooks at how and why people interact with their surroundings, other people andthemselves. It shows that we respond to our own map of reality and not toreality itself. Shearman explained that if a person perceives health and safetyas a nuisance and an obstruction, then their perceptions must be changed. As anexample he suggested that when carrying out a safety inspection, instead oflooking for hazards, note down safe conditions and actions and feed these backto your staff. This should reinforce a positive perception of safe practice. Human behaviour and learning for the 21st centuryOn 1 Oct 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. The Institution of Occupational Safety and Healthrepresents 25,000 safety and health professionals in industry, commerce and thepublic sector. Tel: 0116-257 3100; www.iosh.co.uk Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. The subject of this year’s national safety symposium – theannual conference of the Iosh Public Service Specialist Group – was “humanbehaviour and learning for the 21st century”.