The Human Race… It’s Christmas, a time of the year that can create both a feeling of community and togetherness (we) while (ironically) also drawing us easily into a world of ‘I’ and ‘things’ (me). Christmas, set within the Christian tradition, is a story about the birth of Jesus as a human on … [Read more...] about The Human Race…
Psychological Health and Safety
Psychological health and safety is arguably the number one emerging issue for organisations. What are you doing to understand and support your people?
Why We Need to Understand Emotions in Safety
The evidence shows that the emotions support and clarify rational thinking. The emotions are not opposed to rational thinking as projected by various Scientist/Behaviourist ideologies. The idea that rational thinking is located in the brain and the emotions are found in an irrational felt … [Read more...] about Why We Need to Understand Emotions in Safety
Welcome to the Nightmare, Safety Creates its Own Minefield (as usual)
Well, you have to hand it to the zero industry. Going into the abyss in a tissue box armed with a Cert 4 OHS. And what is this minefield? ISO 45003:2021 OHS Safety Management – Psychosocial Health and Safety at Work – Guidelines for Managing Psychosocial Risks. Only the industry of zero, metrics, … [Read more...] about Welcome to the Nightmare, Safety Creates its Own Minefield (as usual)
Some Christmas Reading for Risk and Safety People
Some Christmas Reading for Risk and Safety People (editors note: Try “Fallibility and Risk” by Dr Rob Long – its free to download here: https://safetyrisk.net/free-safety-ebooks/ ) Christmas and New Years is often a time to catch up on some reading and relax on the beach or by a river and take … [Read more...] about Some Christmas Reading for Risk and Safety People
Toxic Positivity in Safety Doesn’t Help Anyone
Image Source There is much to be said for having a positive attitude to things but there is no great value in being naïve or maintaining a delusion. It’s all about striking a balance and this is what we do in SPoR. The purpose of criticism and deconstruction in SPoR is to improve something and … [Read more...] about Toxic Positivity in Safety Doesn’t Help Anyone
A Picture Tells a Thousand Lies in Safety
‘A picture is worth a thousand words’ ‘Seeing is believing’ These are common aphorisms about photographic media and images. Unfortunately, these aphorisms have never been true. No image is objective or neutral but rather carries a story that must be interpreted. Now, more than ever with … [Read more...] about A Picture Tells a Thousand Lies in Safety
What is Psychological Safety?
Find Psychological Safety Resources HERE >>>> Mental Health is certainly a hot topic at the moment. Even the Safety Regulators are encouraging us to apply the same old ineffective safety methodologies to “fixing” the problem people. Emerging also are buzz words like “Mental First Aid” … [Read more...] about What is Psychological Safety?
Risk and Safety Matrices and the Psychology of Colour
Risk and Safety Matrices and the Psychology of Colour Artists, marketers and advertisers (https://www.helpscout.net/blog/psychology-of-color/ ), fashion designers, graphic and instructional designers, supermarkets (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qO9UPy04WMs ), therapists … [Read more...] about Risk and Safety Matrices and the Psychology of Colour
Shock and Fear in Safety
Shock and Fear in Safety There is a naïve belief in the safety industry that shocking people and the dynamics of fear are effective. We see this in the many ‘horror’ photos and clips in the sector as well as the countless injured people who are trotted out with the message ‘don’t be like me’. Even … [Read more...] about Shock and Fear in Safety
Sexual Harassment and Safety Cosmetics
Sexual Harassment and Safety Cosmetics Understanding an Ethic of Risk (https://safetyrisk.net/ethics-morality-and-an-ethic-of-risk/) is not about ‘duty’, we see this in the failed deontological ethic of the AIHS BoK Chapter 38.3 … [Read more...] about Sexual Harassment and Safety Cosmetics