What are Your Secret Messages in Safety?

What are Your Secret Messages in Safety? We say and sign many things in safety often only thinking about their overt meaning. It’s not that often that people consider the unconscious level of their communications and what are the by-products, trade offs and trajectory in messages. If the language of ‘by-products’, ‘trajectory’ and ‘trade off’ …

Four Indicators of Toxic Safety Culture

Four Indicators of Toxic Safety Culture When professionals get concerned about the safety culture in organisations there are a range of dispositions that indicate that things are not good. Recognising these indicators early is one of the best ways to ensure that problems are addressed. The combination of the following indicators in an organisation are …

The De-Ethicization of the Object in Safety

The De-Ethicization of the Object in Safety It’s obvious that objects attack people. When anything happens in an industry, the first response is to ban the object. That naughty object jumped out from nowhere and attacked me. So, it’s because objects attack people that we need to register as many objects as we can on …

How to use signs, symbols and text effectively in communicating about risk

How to use signs, symbols and text effectively in communicating about risk The power of symbols and signs to communicate to the subconscious was first systematised by Goebells in 1937. The power and effect of these symbols and signs to create identity and belonging was captured systematically by the Nazis in what has been known …

Nudge Nudge, Wink Wink – Improving Safety the SMART Way

Nudge Nudge, Wink Wink - Improving Safety the SMART Way By Dr Robert Long The idea of improvement via a ‘nudge’ is now in popular discourse. The idea is based on the work of Thaler and Sunstein’s book Nudge. Sunstein’s work in particular is a valuable read for any safety person. The idea of ‘nudging’ …