The Shape of Belief in Safety

There is no such thing as non-belief in safety because even non-belief is a belief. Agnosticism is a belief. What we believe determines our actions, movement and decisions. Belief shapes assumptions and assumptions motivate action. More so, even beliefs not known to us that are unconscious shape actions. The non-cognitive… Learn more >>>>>

Learning Styles Matter

There are so many factors that determine effective learning. The idea that safety is simply ‘tell the rule, repeat the rule, punish offenders’ is nonsense. The behaviourist approach to knowledge and comprehension only works if you are training robots. Amongst the many skills and knowledge teachers develop in order to… Learn more >>>>>

There is no HIERARCHY of Controls

WARNING: For safety people, please read more than the headline! Whilst some models are helpful they are never accurate. Models are symbols/myths that convey a semiotic purpose but in themselves ought not to be considered absolute. This is why we find metaphors and symbols helpful, neither are scientific or accurate… Learn more >>>>>

Scaffolding, Readiness and ZPD in Learning

In the first few weeks of a Teaching degree one is introduced to the fundamentals of learning theory and there are plenty of them (https://teacherofsci.com/learning-theories-in-education/ ). Every teacher knows that the simplistic nonsense of behaviourism – in and out, reward and punishment, black and white doesn’t explain even the basics… Learn more >>>>>

What Can Safety Learn From Playschool?

These days I watch a lot of Playschool, a children’s TV program on ABCTV (https://www.abc.net.au/abcforkids/sites/playschool/). Playschool is a pre-school education program based entirely on imagination and play. Everything about the show is basic - no fancy props, no expensive sets and adults (usually male and female) enact the poetics of… Learn more >>>>>

Presentation Tips for Safety People

Presentation Tips for Safety People Please also consider our latest learning article: Learning Styles Matter What is the point of knowing the Act, regulation, systems, procedures and standards if you either can’t communicate or help others learn? Poor pedagogy (theory of teaching) is one of the main reasons why the… Learn more >>>>>

Compensation as Dehumanising Persons

Whilst Safety counts injuries the workers compensation system multiplies them. This is the stark reality of what the worker’s compensation system in Australia does to people. The special investigation by Four Corners and the Fairfax Press found the system continues to be ‘immoral and unethical’ (https://www.abc.net.au/4corners/the-financial-scandal-and-human-cost-of/12496682) The Investigation didn’t hold… Learn more >>>>>

Dialogue Do’s and Don’ts

In SPoR we have developed many ‘tools’ to help Socialitie. Socialitie is the forming of meaningful social relationships that include: listening, hearing, caring, connecting and helping. One of the many tools we use in SPoR workshops is the Dialogue Do’s and Don’t Tool - just a simple little card that… Learn more >>>>>

It’s Only a Symbol

One of the lessons of the Black Lives Matter Movement is that symbols matter. With symbols comes power. Recently, we have seen statues torn down (blacklives-matter-protests-why-are-statues-so-powerful), monuments defaced (https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/monuments-black-lives-matter-guide-1202690845/) and product names changed (https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-23/nestle-red-skins-chicosallens-lollies-rebrand-overtones/12384986) because symbols matter. All semiotics matter because they carry meaning (semiosis) and symbolic significance (semiology) and… Learn more >>>>>

Zero is Unethical

One of the grand myths projected by the zero vision cult is that there can be no other ethical goal. The supposition is, according to the binary assumption of the core question ‘how many people do you want to harm today’ that zero can be the only ethical answer. If… Learn more >>>>>

First Report on Zero Survey

First Report on Zero Survey In less than a day we now have a sample of 200 responses to the Zero Survey (https://safetyrisk.net/take-the-zero-survey/) and below is a screen shot of the results thus far. At this stage responses are from 70% safety people with the rest being people in engineering,… Learn more >>>>>

Take the Zero Survey

Let’s get some data together on zero, take the zero survey. No that doesn’t mean there is no survey but rather there is a survey on zero ideology and what you think about zero vision. The survey takes 2 minutes. The survey is here: https://spor.com.au/zero-vision-survey/ What will we do with… Learn more >>>>>