Dave Collins

WHAT IS SAFETY, REALLY?

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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NATIONAL SAFETY DAY IN INDIA 2017

by Dave Collins
INDIAN NATIONAL SAFETY DAY/WEEK - 2017 This time each year we get 10’s of 1000’s of extra hits each day for search terms like “Safety Slogans in Hindi”, “Hindi Safety Posters” and “Unsafe Photos”.  This is due to the lead up to National Safety Week in India. The objectives and suggested activities make for interesting reading, not sure we will ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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ABC’s ‘The Middle’ Spoofs Oppressive Safety Rules

by Dave Collins
ABC's 'The Middle' Spoofs Oppressive Safety Rules After Rob Long’s recent article,  A Bloody Hand Rail, we were swamped with comments on the blog and our social media pages about similar instances of silly safety at workplaces. Of course there was also the usual responses from the safety crusaders about the importance of compliance around such ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Europe – International Workshop Social Psychology of Risk Introduction

by Dave Collins
Europe - International Workshop Social Psychology of Risk Introduction Linz Austria 17/18 January 2017 For all those in the Northern Hemisphere who have been looking for this, we are holding a 2 day workshop on the Social Psychology of Risk (SPoR) introduction in Linz Austria on 17,18 January 2017. This is a great opportunity to do this ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Last Minute Xmas Gift Ideas For Safety People

by Dave Collins
Last Minute Xmas Gift Ideas For Safety People What do you get that well-meaning, hard-working, under appreciated safety person in your life, who has everything except a clue about how people really make decisions? Do they: Come home from work every day lamenting that nobody understands them, listens to them or cares about safety? ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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The Comcast Crash Video – When Blind Safety Compliance is Dangerous

by Dave Collins
The Comcast Crash Video - When Blind Safety Compliance Causes Accidents This is the latest unsafety video (below) to go viral and of course there are the usual ignorant arguments firing up on social media about how stupid everybody is. Some say these Comcast Xfinity Cable Repair Guys should be more aware of and respectful of ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Accident Photos From Yesteryear

by Dave Collins
Low Bridge Incidents Compilation of images showing what happens when safe working height signs are ignored: Low Bridge Incidents download them all Here ... www.safetyrisk.net/low-bridge-incidents/     Graphic Accident Photos From Yesteryear: See the whole collection here: http://todayswhisper.com/accidents-from-the-past Would stuff like this still happen? Probably!!!! Since these were taken, we have invented many more ways for things to go seriously wrong ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Never ask a Safety Person if they believe in Santa

by Dave Collins
Never ask a Safety Person if they believe in Santa A Risk Assessment of Santa’s Toy Delivery Services There are approximately two billion children (persons under 18) in the world. However, since Santa does not visit children of Muslim, Hindu, Jewish or Buddhist (except maybe in Japan) religions, this reduces the workload for Christmas night to 15% ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Safety Gone Mad

by Dave Collins
Safety Gone Mad This is what happens when people have too much power and authority,  no idea about discerning risk or any concept of the by-products of just banning things for ‘safety reasons’. See Rob Longs recent article: The Safety Worldview. This is going straight to our HOT TOASTER PAGE As if there aren't a 1000 other ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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The Safety Worldview

by Dave Collins
The Safety Worldview A favourite word for Safety is ‘don’t’. The favourite word for safety is ‘hazards’. The ‘go to’ word for Safety is ‘controls’. It doesn’t take long in exposure to Safety to realize that the industry is not a profession but rather a deficit philosophy of don’ts, rather than do’s. It’s so easy to ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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10 Safest Companies In America and the ‘Extraordinary’ Ways They Did It

by Dave Collins
10 Safest Companies In America and the ‘Extraordinary’ Ways They Did It EHS Today recently announced their “2016 America’s Safest Companies Awards” (HERE) There are no clear criteria on the results page as to how this is judged but the application form (download here) makes for interesting reading – the first few pages are devoted to extensive ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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WARNING: Not Your Typical Safety Nonsense

by Dave Collins
Europe - International Workshop Social Psychology of Risk Introduction Linz Austria 17/18 January 2017 For all those in the Northern Hemisphere who have been looking for this, we are holding a 2 day workshop on the Social Psychology of Risk (SPoR) introduction in Linz Austria on 11,12 January 2017. This is a great opportunity to do ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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7 Incredible Ways To Diagnose Risk More Effectively

by Dave Collins
7 Incredible Ways To Diagnose Risk More Effectively Does taking 2 hours out of a persons day to complete safety paperwork make their job more unsafe by causing them to rush or possibly make them too overconfident and not entertain doubt or risk? Absolutely! Can Engineering or Law really figure out how to help people be more ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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XMAS Safety Messages–Fear Has Priority Over Fun

by Dave Collins
XMAS Safety Messages – Fear Has Priority Over Fun Well its that time of year again when everyone is looking forward to a few parties, having fun, celebrating with family and friends and perhaps some well-earned time off work to forget about dumb down safety for a little while………. But, of course the regulator and some ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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What Can Safety Learn From Desire Paths?

by Dave Collins
What Can Safety Learn From Desire Paths? 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 may be found in “Risk Homeostasis Theory” (RHT) which says that everybody has ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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You Should Actively Encourage Poor Safety in the Workplace

by Dave Collins
I was asked recently for something different that could be done for a safety awareness session. I referred the person to this article from about 5  years ago - they tried it and apparently it worked brilliantly! What do you reckon? When it was first published many years ago (I cringe at some of the ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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