This is Safety on Tap!


I’m your host Andrew Barrett, and since you’re listening in, you must be a leader wanting to grow yourself and drastically improve health and safety along the way.  Welcome to you, you’re in the right place.  If this is your first time listening in, thanks for joining us and well done for trying something different to improve!


Phil Bolton is my guest today.  Phil is a data scientist, whose been doing this for almost as long as the concept of data science has existed.  He is a Director at PWC and has spent his career in professional services companies helping clients get greater insights from their data.


This episode is brought to you by the Safety Institute of Australia’s 2017 Victorian Conference called Safety STEPS, Strategies Towards Efficient Productive Systems.  Phil will be speaking at the conference on Machine learning and related concepts, alongside a great lineup of speakers.  You can find out more about that conference and grab a ticket at, I hope to see you there!


Here’s Phil:



Here’s my favourite links to start learning more about statistics:

Basic Statistics

Descriptive Statistics

Once you have a basic understanding of these you need to move on to inferential statistics.

I mentioned Pockets of Brilliance last episode.  They’ve got an amazing track record not only in helping organisations change for the better, but to actually make the change stick.  They call this their 5i method.  If you want to find out more about their 5i method before their live training in late June, they are hosting a free webinar on the 19th June, which is less than a week from this episode’s release.  You can register for that webinar over at, I went to the last one, and found it really insightful.

Speaking of their method, I’ve got one of their leaders Jonathan coming on the podcast next episode, to share more insights with you about leading change, the psychology behind it, and the reason why stickiness is the core mission of their business.  You can get advanced notice of new episodes, my personal reflections on each episode, and a bunch more special stuff if you hop onto our mailing list over at