Dr Rob Long

The Seduction of the Safety Adjective It seems that Safety is obsessed with its own identity. It doesn’t matter where you turn there is a ‘safety’ something. It seems we now put the adjective in front of everything and thereby define life not by living but by safety. Safety then becomes the lens through which one ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Be Prepared for Risk by Hayden Collins from http://www.riskintelligent.com.au/ I walked into McDonalds this week for a coffee and noticed that their latest placemat on their tray is a promotion for Scouts Australia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scouts_Australia ). As I looked at this promotion and its ‘frame’ of reference, I saw young people in the messy puddle of adventure, play ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Understanding The Social Psychology of Risk And Safety The article is a bit longer than usual and if you would prefer to download a copy for future reference then you can  DOWNLOAD HERE:  In response to a number of emails I have received and conversations I’ve been having (and sadly some very ignorant comments posted on LinkedIn) ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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It Takes Two to Tango – Reflections on Safe Behaviour It is rare that a book comes out in the risk and safety sector when I wish I had written under such an excellent title. Usually, risk and safety books carry titles about error, compliance and management but not this book by Michael Kruger. Kruger has ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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********If you are interested in knowing more about the Social Psychology of Risk then a one-off workshop is available this week in Sydney: http://cllr.com.au/product/an-introduction-to-the-social-psychology-of-risk-unit-1/****** Risk and Safety Starts with Being? The key to sensemaking is not the question why but the question who. The question why looks for reasons, the question what looks for objects, the question ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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To Err is Human, To Forgive Divine The fixation of Safety with this little phrase and its misreading by the industry shows so clearly that the safety industry lacks the ability to think critically about error. A recent debate at an SIA conference (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnMLHjrSFJw ) illustrates what happens when the assumptions of safety are placed upon ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Safety Culture does Exist

by Dr Rob Long
Safety Culture does Exist The safety industry was created by Acts of Parliament across Australia in the 1980s. In a very short time a safety industry developed with invested power and a range of characteristics that clearly demonstrate that the safety industry has a culture. Indeed, it would seem strange to describe any activity or cult ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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A Formula for Safety Culture Failure and Success

by Dr Rob Long
Having many times, recently, been asked to define culture and risk, I figured all I need to do is to refer people to this cracker from the archives: A Formula for Safety Culture Failure and Success I find it fascinating to read many uses of the word ‘culture’ and ‘risk’ that have no complementary reference to people. ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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The Safety Spoilsport

by Dr Rob Long
The Safety Spoilsport One of the things we hated as kids was the ‘spoilsport’, the one who wouldn’t ‘play’ in the spirit of the game. Indeed, spoilsports were the ones who hated play full stop. Play is an essential part of learning. Play recognises the uncertain in learning and doesn’t stress about not knowing the outcome. Play ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Toward Zero, A Failed Goal

by Dr Rob Long
Toward Zero, A Failed Goal Generally when people set goals that fail, they reassess their goal and reframe the goal and seek a goal that is achievable and sense-able. This is the logic of SMART goals (https://safetyrisk.net/understanding-safety-goals/, https://safetyrisk.net/a-better-safety-goal-than-zero-harm/, https://safetyrisk.net/zero-incident-goals-motivate-risk-taking/ ). Generally, people who set goals consider the psychological by-products of that goal, to make sure that ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Risk Intelligence, Thinking and Decision Making

by Dr Rob Long
Risk Intelligence, Thinking and Decision Making A recent article by Dylan Evans (Risk Intelligence) in October 2016 rightly challenges the construct of Kahneman (Thinking fast and Slow). Evans states: ‘This is fine as far as it goes, but it leaves a crucial third kind of thinking out of the picture. This is the meditative, creative mode of ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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The Fear of Power and the Power of Fear

by Dr Rob Long
The Fear of Power and the Power of Fear One of the clear messages in the Netflix series House of Cards is the Fear of Power and the Power of Fear. The House of Cards series exemplifies what happens when one makes power the frame for exchange. The idea that coercion, compliance, power and fear are ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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CLLR Christmas 2016 Newsletter and Competition

by Dr Rob Long
Happy Christmas and New Year This is a special edition of the CLLR Newsletter to wish you all a Happy Christmas and the best for the 2017 New Year. We look forward to continuing our newsletters and services to you in 2017 and look forward to meeting some of you as you commence studies with us ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Christmas Safety Poem

by Dr Rob Long
Christmas Safety Poem – A Hazardman Christmas Republished from last year - enjoy again: News from the UK and reported in the Daily Mail: Elf and safety forces Nativity procession Mary to ride on a donkey wearing HARD HAT Prompted Rob Long to write this Christmas Safety Poem – ENJOY! Imagine Source A Hazardman Christmas By Dr Robert Long from Humandymensions   It's time ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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10 Steps to an Effective Safety Induction

by Dr Rob Long
10 Steps to an Effective Safety Induction In response to this recent article by Workcover NSW I suggest the following. The consideration for all inductions is to make them effective, simplicity doesn’t guarantee effectiveness. Neither is simplicity the place to start. The place to start with the challenge of inductions ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Fake News, Fake Safety and Fake Christmas

by Dr Rob Long
Fake News, Fake Safety and Fake Christmas The craft of misinformation has been about for millennia but more recently with the problems of social media has become much more pronounced. The Cult of the Amateur (Keen, 2008) and the world of The Shallows (Carr, 2011) has brought a whole new era of ‘fake news’. This was ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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