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Dr Tim Marsh PhD, MSc, CFIOSH, CPsychol, SFIIRSM is professor at Plymouth University. He is considered a world authority on the subject of behavioural safety, safety leadership and organisational culture.

As well as many of the world’s most recognisable industrial names, Tim has worked with the European Space Agency, the BBC, Sky TV and the National Theatre, and has chaired more than two dozen conferences on behavioural safety in the UK.  He has written three books including Affective Safety Management, Talking Safety and Total Safety Culture.


December 20, 2018

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Safety violations: SHP Safety Talks with Professor Tim Marsh [VIDEO]

In the second episode of SHP Safety Talks, Professor Tim Marsh, Managing Director at Anker & Marsh Safety and Honorary Professor, Plymouth University, explains the two different types of health and safety violations:

  • Situational violations
  • Optimising violations

The SHP Safety Talks are a series of small thought pieces designed to get you thinking, whist perhaps sipping your morning coffee. The SHPonline editorial team have invited key individuals from the safety world to deliver these mini-lectures, and you can expect only the most insightful, challenging and engaging threads.

If you agree or disagree with Tim’s thoughts then let us know in the comments below and we can keep the conversation going.

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Phill Hemsworth
Phill Hemsworth

Very common cause for poor safety and cause of many accidents. If these violations can be addressed in any organisation then they will be well on their way to a safety culture. Another great video Tim

Christy Higgins
Christy Higgins

Always good videos but you let yourself down on this one!

I take offence at:
1. The way a Irish welcome is described.
2. A Pub is not the place to bring Kids.


Hi Christy

I’m hoping that comment tongue in cheek! If not just to say that I was seeking a common experience (and one that I’ve experienced myself) where, looking for a sit down and a sandwich somewhere on a holiday isle, a sign promising ‘a warm Irish welcome’ (or some such) doesn’t always deliver what you’d hope! Nothing against my Irish cousins at all.

PS In all seriousness i do think the Continental attitude to bars and children something we could really learn from.


From what I can see this looks like a great talk. Unfortunately I am dependent on subtitles and the subtitles on this video are very inaccurate, so much of what’s being said doesn’t make sense. It would be great if you could make these talks accessible to more people by getting them properly subtitled (professionally done not automatically generated).