One of the fascinating delusions of the safety industry is the myth of objectivity. There is none so, get used to it and work with it. This is why it’s important to educate people in critical thinking. Sorry to tell you, but every risk assessment design, form and checklist carries the bias of the … [Read more...] about There is No Objectivity, Deal With it!
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The SEEK Investigations Donut As a part of the SEEK Investigations Workshop (http://cllr.com.au/product/seek-the-social-psyvhology-of-event-investigations-unit-2/ ) we explore what is missing from contemporary and popular investigations methods. We use the idea of a donut to imagine what is missing … [Read more...] about The SEEK Investigations Donut
I Just Want Clear Answers By Rob Sams, Author of the must read Social Sensemaking - Click HERE to Order I woke recently while staying in a hotel room with a feeling that I’ve not experienced before; I couldn’t walk. As I went to get out of bed, ready for what was to be an action packed day … [Read more...] about I Just Want Clear Answers
Isn’t it Time We Reformed the WHS Curriculum? Dr Robert Long - Executive Director - Centre for Leadership and Learning in Risk Executive Summary This paper argues the case for reformation of the WHS curriculum in Australia. It proposes that safety cannot be done ‘differently’ without such a … [Read more...] about Isn’t it Time We Reformed the WHS Curriculum?
What If I Valued People And Not Safety? When organisations say that their number one priority is safety, it can have some unexpected outcomes. Setting, and stating, organisational priorities and values is a wicked problem to begin with. Nothing is neutral and everything has meaning, so when … [Read more...] about What If I Valued People And Not Safety?
Sensemaking and Signs A while ago I wrote an article titled “It’s All in the Sign”. On reflection it is interesting that it generated two different lines of thought. The one line was about non-conscious communication and not overloading our minds and how that is helpful in us managing our everyday … [Read more...] about Sensemaking and Signs
Building resilience trumps the prevention of harm. Download a copy of the paper (includes the Bibliography for the references): Building resilience trumps the prevention of harm The prevention of harm is about trying to see, predict and control all things that may deliver an undesired outcome. … [Read more...] about Building resilience trumps the prevention of harm
Safety Investigations - Whodunit? Nothing is better for a successful TV series than a whodunit. The popularity of CSI and a host of shows demonstrates how much we like to be clever in hindsight. In safety investigations it’s a whodunit, whatwasdunit, howtheydunit and, whytheydunit. When I look at … [Read more...] about Safety Investigation – Whodunit?
Rules of Safety Spudology Just over 12 months ago we coined the term “Safety Spuds” and “Safety Potatoes” as a way to portray and highlight two distinct personalities, styles and approaches of Safety Professionals. Safety Spuds were represented by the fictional safety crusader, Barry Spud (see Rob … [Read more...] about Rules of Safety Spudology
Bounded Rationality – How Can Too Much Safety Be Bad For You? Someone just sent me a safety slogan: “Safety – It’s Never Enough”, normally I would just brush it off as another meaningless, demoralising aphorism but it got me thinking……Join me in reflecting back over the last few serious incidents … [Read more...] about Bounded Rationality–How Can Too Much Safety Be Bad For You?