Why Personify Safety?

Why Personify Safety? I spoke at a conference last week and had the unfortunate experience of following a presentation by a regulator. When will safety people get sick and tired of being bombarded with statistics, injury rates, graphs and charts? I have no idea why safety people would want to hear such stuff. I couldn’t …

Critical Thinking and Questioning in Safety

Critical Thinking and Questioning in Safety Great to read a piece on the Safety Differently site that situates systems within a social and societal context (Thinking Differently about incident investigations). One of the strange things about the tradition of safety is its maintenance of the myth of objectivity, particularly in investigations. Benner’s piece helps us …

Binary Opposites and Safety Goal Strategy

Republished by request and now with accompanying video (at end of article). This article was referenced in the must read new book: Risky Conversations, The Law, Social Psychology and Risk (follow that link for a really cool video on the myths of safety paperwork) Quote from the article: The denial of the zero goal is …

The Binary Barnacle

The Binary Barnacle Binary Opposition and the logic of safety “How many people do you want to injure today…..?” A barnacle is marine crustacean that attaches itself permanently to something else. It can be cut off but its attachment is so fused into the object that it damages the host in separation. Binary logic has …

HumanDymensions Newsletter–June 2016

HumanDymensions Newsletter–June 2016 Risky Conversations, The Law, Social Psychology and Risk It is with pleasure we can announce the publication of book 5 in the series on the Social Psychology of Risk - Risky Conversations, The Law, Social Psychology and Risk. The book is the result of three days of conversations between Rob Long, Greg …