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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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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 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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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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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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Cutting Corners – Safety Regresses To The Dark Ages

by Dave Collins
Safety In The Dark Ages On Corner Cutters In a recent article: What Can Safety Learn From Desire Paths?, I wrote:   Safety people often lament: “why do they take short cuts?”, “why do they ignore signs?”, “why cant they follow procedures?”, “why do they disable safety features?” – Simple answer: Because they are human! A more complex answer ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Social Psychology of Risk Workshop-Sydney

by Dave Collins
Social Psychology of Risk Workshop – Sydney DATE: 8,9,10 February 2017 LOCATION: King Cross, Sydney, Australia, Wayside Chapel DOWNLOAD THE FLYER:  About the Workshop: Dr Rob Long and associates provide an engaging and interactive hands-on workshop with challenging new ideas about the psychology of culture and risk. New and interesting approaches to leadership thinking are discussed and practiced. The ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Safety culture – it doesn’t exist

by Dave Collins
I just came across this article on the Industrial Safety and Hygiene News (ISHN) website (which surprised me given the traditional safety stuff you normally read there!) and I thought it was well worth sharing as it provides a more realistic view on safety culture than perhaps you have read before! Favourite quote: So the definition ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Workplace Health and Safety For Dummies

by Dave Collins
Workplace Health and Safety For Dummies Here is an interesting review by Kevin Jones on the new book “Health and Safety at Work for DUMMIES”. I haven't read it yet and not sure that I will as I imagine it is just about safety (if you look at the front cover under "Learn to" or check ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Top 10 Simple Things You Can Do To Dramatically Improve Safety

by Dave Collins
Top 10 Simple Things You Can Do To Dramatically Improve Safety (you will probably not find many of these in text books or regulations) The most common feedback I get on this blog is something like: “all this theory is great but what can I do to apply it”. I know Safety loves simplicity and plug ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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