The Seduction of the Safety Adjective It seems that Safety is obsessed with its own identity. It doesn’t matter where you turn there is a ‘safety’ something. It seems we now put the adjective in front of everything and thereby define life not by living but by safety. Safety then becomes the lens through which one ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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ALARP, The Regulator and Alt-Facts Post by Hayden Collins, First published here Don’t you just love ‘fact sheets’? Especially when they don’t contain ‘facts’. (Sound like something you may have heard recently?) I recently picked up a ‘fact sheet’ from the NSW Department of Industry on ‘Mine Safety’ that was packed with contradictions about the fundamentals of ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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imageNew Free Video Release–ALARP Dr Rob Long has released a new video from the set from Risky Conversations, this time on the subject of ALARP. One of the fascinating points made by WHS Lawyer Greg Smith in the video is that the ideology of zero harm directly contradicts ALARP and hence the spirit of the law. There ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Be Prepared for Risk by Hayden Collins from http://www.riskintelligent.com.au/ I walked into McDonalds this week for a coffee and noticed that their latest placemat on their tray is a promotion for Scouts Australia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scouts_Australia ). As I looked at this promotion and its ‘frame’ of reference, I saw young people in the messy puddle of adventure, play ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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New Video Explains Cognitive Dissonance and Safety Rob has been requested a number of times to explain cognitive dissonance and so has made a brief video for this purpose: https://vimeo.com/202589604 You can also read a blog about cognitive dissonance here: https://safetyrisk.net/risk-and-safety-starts-with-being/ Cognitive Didssonance from Human Dymensions on Vimeo. ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Human Dymensions Feb17 Newsletter and Competition Understanding Emergence The idea that organisations ‘drift’ into failure is not the language I would use to explain why things go wrong in organisations. Neither do I use the language or discourse of ‘human error’ or ‘human factors’ in explaining how humans in organizing tackle risk. The coupling of ‘drift’ and ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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A Great Comparison of Risk and Safety Schools of Thought

by Dave Collins
A Great Comparison of Risk and Safety Schools of Thought If you are struggling to get your head around the Social Psychology of Risk and Safety or wondering why your compliance, BBS or zero harm based programs are having the opposite effect from what your intended then here is a really useful comparison tool by Dr ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Understanding The Social Psychology of Risk And Safety

by Dr Rob Long
Understanding The Social Psychology of Risk And Safety The article is a bit longer than usual and if you would prefer to download a copy for future reference then you can  DOWNLOAD HERE:  In response to a number of emails I have received and conversations I’ve been having (and sadly some very ignorant comments posted on LinkedIn) ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Humanising Workplace Health and Safety Management

by Dave Collins
Humanising Workplace Health and Safety Management Well who would have thought……….Safe Work Australia invited Dr Rob Long to take part in this ‘radical’ safety seminar – I am sure it would have created a good deal of cognitive dissonance for some of their regular listeners!! Summary of the seminar, in their words: Social psychologist Dr ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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It Takes Two to Tango–Reflections on Safe Behaviour

by Dr Rob Long
It Takes Two to Tango – Reflections on Safe Behaviour It is rare that a book comes out in the risk and safety sector when I wish I had written under such an excellent title. Usually, risk and safety books carry titles about error, compliance and management but not this book by Michael Kruger. Kruger has ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Risk and Safety Starts with Being?

by Dr Rob Long
********If you are interested in knowing more about the Social Psychology of Risk then a one-off workshop is available this week in Sydney: http://cllr.com.au/product/an-introduction-to-the-social-psychology-of-risk-unit-1/****** Risk and Safety Starts with Being? The key to sensemaking is not the question why but the question who. The question why looks for reasons, the question what looks for objects, the question ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Semiotics and Unconscious Communication in Safety

by Dave Collins
Semiotics and Unconscious Communication in Safety Some really interesting recent articles by Hayden Collins – http://riskintelligent.com.au/. One of his previous posts, How Semiotics Affects The Return To Work Process, generated some great discussion. The Semiotics of the RTW Industry FIRST PUBLISHED HERE The current approach to rehabilitation and return to work is based on the reductionist medical model ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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All care no responsibility: What is the role of health and safety management?

by Dave Collins
imageAnother highly recommended article by WHS Lawyer Greg Smith. First published here. Quotable quote: It seems to me that until the health and safety industry is prepared to take ownership of health and safety management and stop hiding behind “line management responsibility” and a lack of “authority”, recognition as a “profession” is a long ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Everything is Green: The delusion of health and safety reporting

by Dave Collins
Great article by WHS Lawyer Greg Smith. First published here Quotes from the article: “How do you know the or managers are not just wandering around practicing random acts of safety, reinforcing unsafe behaviors and generally just pissing everybody off?” "What is your health and safety reporting really telling you, as opposed to the assumptions you choose to make?  ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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New Construction Safety Video Is A Pleasant Surprise

by Dave Collins
New Construction Safety Induction Video is a Very Pleasant Surprise Thanks to John Wettstein from safetystrategies.ca for sharing this. Whilst most Tier 1 organisations are stuck in a vicious circle of tradition, sunk cost, fear, control, over confidence, paperwork, numbers and creating the illusion of safety, one has decided to do “safety differently”. Just over a year ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Safety Makes It So Easy to Fool People

by Dave Collins
Safety Makes It So Easy to Fool People I wish I had thought of this! In what most would expect to see on April Fools Day, this sign went up on Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia on 26th January (Australia Day – which is probably just as appropriate as there are still some subversive wags left in ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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