Dave Collins

Inspirational Safety Ideas

by Dave Collins
Inspirational Safety Ideas A recent plea, from a frustrated Safety Professional on a Facebook forum, sparked a very interesting discussion. I have certainly seen many similar comments on this blog over the years and I am sure most of us have felt this way many times in our careers. Many search desperately for answers that confirm ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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15 Safety Precautions When Working With Electricity

by Dave Collins
15 Safety Precautions Electricians and Home Owners Need To Take When Working With Electricity Click HERE for Electrical Equipment Risk Assessment Forms and Checklists It’s vitally important to take safety precautions when working with electricity. Safety must not be compromised and some ground rules need to be followed first. The basic guidelines regarding safe handling of electricity ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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SAFETY – What is Safety? The real definition, not the boring one

by Dave Collins
Safety shouldn’t be about safety, it should be about living and learning. When safety is made into some bureaucratic, legal or club exercise, it has lost the plot. This is why I prefer to talk much more about risk than I do about safety.… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Choosing a Safety Consultant – A Defensive Decision?

by Dave Collins
Choosing a Safety Consultant - A Defensive Decision? A blast from the past - first published on this day in 2015 A new client complained the other day that they had engaged, with some confidence, a large National Safety Consulting Company to complete a traffic management plan. But, the consultant who turned up was a recent graduate who ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Safety Cartoons Free

by Dave Collins
FREE Safety Cartoons One of the most popular search terms bringing people to this site is “free safety cartoons”. I guess these are used in newsletters, presentations and as ice breakers for safety trainers? Here are some of the better sources for safety cartoons, we hope to list a few more shortly, please check for any copyright ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Safety Disconnect and the Dreamworld Tragedy

by Dave Collins
A commentary by WHS Lawyer Greg Smith – first published here: https://mysafetythoughts.com/2016/10/29/welcome-to-the-intellectual-vacuum-that-is-political-comment-on-whs/ Welcome to the intellectual vacuum that is political comment on WHS Today (29 October 2016) the ABC had an article on the ongoing coverage (image source) of the tragic loss of lives at Dreamworld in Queensland. I have commented before about the disconnect between the loss ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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ALARP–What is Reasonably Practicable?

by Dave Collins
The is a lot of misunderstanding, misinformation and misinterpretation on what ALARP really means – this is one of the better explanations I have read. It is by WHS Lawyer Greg Smith and first published on his blog here: https://mysafetythoughts.com/2016/10/23/reflections-on-safety-reasonably-practicable/  Reflections on Safety: Reasonably Practicable In August 2016, I wrote a WHS Update about the High Court ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Systems as Imagined v Systems in Practice

by Dave Collins
WHS Lawyer Greg Smith, using a recent court decision, highlights the disparity between theory and reality and the fact that all your comprehensive paperwork may not CYA but create an illusion of safety rather than real evidence of it. This was first posted on Greg’s Blog “My Safety Thoughts” here: https://mysafetythoughts.com/2016/10/20/systems-as-imagined-v-systems-in-practice/ Systems as Imagined v Systems ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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A Little Challenge For Experienced Safety Professionals Only

by Dave Collins
A Little Challenge For Experienced Safety Professionals Only Calling on all experienced Safety Professionals with a sharp mind and a discerning eye…..We all know how important it is to wear as much PPE as possible when working on a construction site - it wont really stop many serious injuries but it does allow the maintenance of ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Safety Works in Mysterious Ways….

by Dave Collins
Signs On a Church Refurbishment Site Spotted these signs on the fence of a Church refurbishment project today. When I saw the irony (is that what you would call it?), I laughed until I stopped……… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Dangerous ways some kids go to school

by Dave Collins
Dangerous ways some kids go to school Our local school just re-opened after 2 weeks holiday. As I drove past it this morning I was staggered by the number of kids getting driven to school (probably riskier than walking) and dropped at the front gate. If questioned, I am sure many parents would respond saying it ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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There is Another Ethic than Zero Accidents

by Dave Collins
Editors note: In a comment in the article “The Worm at The Core” a reader directed me to an article by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health in which they decree that “Accidents are not approved or permitted”  - That statement really did something to me so this article by Dr Rob Long was very ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Zero to HRO (High Reliability Organisation)

by Dave Collins
Despite all the latest trendy spin about safety disruption the language in this paper was considered to be too “inflammatory” for publication in a mainstream traditional Safety Journal (download it and you will see why) – so it gives me great pleasure to publish it here: Zero to HRO (High Reliability Organisation) Abandoning antediluvian accident theory DOWNLOAD THIS ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Spot the Hazards – What is Wrong With These Safety Photos?

by Dave Collins
Spot the Safety Hazards - What is Wrong With These Safety Photos? Each issue of WorkSafe™ Magazine includes a safety photo that has been staged to show a number of hazards or potentially dangerous work practices. The online version is highly interactive and includes ability to place pins and comments onto the photo and print the ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Inductions – A Missed Leadership Opportunity

by Dave Collins
Inductions – A Missed Leadership Opportunity Guest Post by Paul Nieuwoudt - First published here: www.leadership-observer.com The first introduction people often have to our companies is when they attend the workplace induction, and for that reason inductions hold great potential in ensuring a lasting impact is made on inductees. That being the case, it is interesting to consider who ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Researchers Reveal the Top 10 Most Effective Safety Slogans Of All Time

by Dave Collins
Researchers Reveal the Top 10 Most Effective Safety Slogans Of All Time Using a new iphone app, a team of social psychology experts has analysed every meaningless aphorism and every condescending platitude ever displayed in the workplace to come up with a list of the most effective safety slogans of all time. Research project leader, Prof. Gerhardt ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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