Understanding Harm Minimization

Understanding Harm Minimization As much as Safety might wish it, the real world is not binary black and white. Sometimes the most caring thing to do in a fallible world with fallible people is simply keep harm to a minimum. Harm minimization is the course of action that puts care at the centre of intelligent …

ALARP/SFAIRP – One brain, three minds and satisficing

ALARP/SFAIRP – One brain, three minds and satisficing by Bernard Corden The following schematic may assist in explaining the objective and rational ALARP/SFAIRP approach and actual performance: ALARP/SFAIRP is an objective test but is unsurprisingly littered with enough subjective terminology to keep a Philadelphia lawyer happy. The initial response is often fast, arational and subliminal …

Accidents Happen Because You Don’t Put Safety First

Accidents Happen Because You Don’t Put Safety First This is the language and logic of Worksafe Victoria (http://worksafenews.com.au/news/item/571-farmers-urged-to-put-safety-first-as-fatalities-soar.html). Apparently farmers put safety last or second and that’s why farmers get injured. If only farmers got the hierarchy right there would be no harm. If only this simplistic, binary and naïve approach to risk were real. …

ALARP, The Regulator and Alt-Facts

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 …

New Free Video Release–ALARP

New 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 …