Standing on a train platform this morning I noticed that the old authoritative “STAND BEHIND THE YELLOW LINE” had been replaced with something a little more personable (see below, as opposed to ‘in front of this you get a fine’) and it reminded me of this article by Gab Carlton from a few years ago … [Read more...] about Stand Behind The Yellow Line – Do Engineering Controls Affect Risk?
A recent research paper helps explain the nature of homeostasis. Homeostasis is best understood as a life force or energy that seeks preservation, sustainability and balance. It may seem strange to describe even the smallest cell having a goal and a purpose but the evidence demonstrates that all … [Read more...] about Understanding Homeostasis and Risk
As with all of my work in books, videos and blogs I provide support, practical alternatives, positive options, further learning, methods and a wealth of training material and tools (for free) to implement a SPoR approach to risk. The content of this blog is no different, except in this case I have … [Read more...] about Homeostatic Regulation and the Feeling of Risk
My favourite quote is in relation to racing drivers on normal roads and why they have more crashes and get more fines: “At their level of skill, driving like an average driver may be intolerably boring. Imagine being a master of Beethoven and all you are allowed to play is “Twinkle, twinkle, little … [Read more...] about Risk Homeostasis Theory–Why Safety Initiatives Go Wrong
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: Understanding-the-Social-psychology-of-Risk-and-Safety.docx In response to a number of emails I have … [Read more...] about Understanding The Social Psychology of Risk And Safety
Top 10 Things About Safety and Risk That Only a Handful of People Know Republished by request Here are 10 and a bit things about safety that I plucked from some recent blog posts, that singularly or collectively only a handful of people may know. Or, if they knew them, perhaps did not know … [Read more...] about Top 10 Things About Safety and Risk That Only a Handful of People Know
Great Video by “Dirty Jobs” host, Mike Rowe. Mike explains how he discovered the effects of Risk Homeostasis (he calls it Risk Compensation) after, by season 3 of his show, the Safety 1st mantra had stopped his crew from thinking and to start having serious accidents: More on Risk … [Read more...] about Dirty, Dumb Safety and Risk Homeostasis
What Can Safety Learn From Desire Paths? Safety people often lament: “why do they take short cuts?”, “why do they ignore signs?”, “why cant they follow procedures?”, “why do they disable safety features?” – Simple answer: Because they are human! A more complex answer may be found in “Risk … [Read more...] about What Can Safety Learn From Desire Paths?
Homeostasis doesn’t just apply to risk (http://riskhomeostasis.org/; https://safetyrisk.net/risk-homeostasis-theorywhy-safety-initiatives-go-wrong/ ), it is a dynamic of human being. Homeostasis is really about a fundamental drive in the human psyche to regulate. Homeostasis is about how the … [Read more...] about The Shock of Homeostasis