Evidence, Proof and Paperwork in Safety I was with a client yesterday and all the nonsense safety mythology surfaced the moment I suggested that they not record certain acts and activities. The anxiety hit the roof, ‘but Rob how can we ‘prove’ we undertook the activity and how can we prove its … [Read more...] about Evidence, Proof and Paperwork in Safety
I Don’t Serve Systems
I Don’t Serve Systems It’s a strange experience to read a science-managerial text on compliance. It’s strange because of the absence of any reference to human interaction or social psychological influences on behavior and human decision making. This is the case with Singh and Bussen’s book … [Read more...] about I Don’t Serve Systems
Process or Outcome?
Process or Outcome? Latest by Greg Smith on his blog: MY SAFETY THOUGHTS Today I was reading a LinkedIn post lamenting the state of health and safety management, evidenced by too many “safety stickers” on a piece of machinery. A commenter noted that the situation was “absolute madness“, which … [Read more...] about Process or Outcome?
Are your JHAs worthless?
Are your JHAs worthless? By Greg Smith, first published here: https://mysafetythoughts.com/2018/03/05/are-your-jhas-worthless/ “Worthless” is not my phrase, and I make no assumptions about the JSA process as it is applied in your workplace, but I am interested in whether your organisation could … [Read more...] about Are your JHAs worthless?
Transdisciplinary Thinking in Risk and Safety
Transdisciplinary Thinking in Risk and Safety Why is it that Safety interprets difference as competition? Well that’s because diversity and bricolage are a threat to the binary worldview. When we look at the differing schools of thought in risk and safety previously published here: … [Read more...] about Transdisciplinary Thinking in Risk and Safety
Safety Differently–The Movie
Safety Differently–The Movie My perception of 'Safety Differently' is that it involves a systematic approach to humanising overly bureaucratic systems – I just cant see how it can be radically different whilst it’s still called 'safety' and all that that word conjures up in our minds? Calling in … [Read more...] about Safety Differently–The Movie
‘Paper Systems’ and Safety Management Systems
‘Paper Systems’ and Safety Management Systems By Matt Thorne from WHS Concepts I have been consulting in risk and safety in Adelaide for over 10 years and am often asked to help ‘revitalise’ an organisations Safety Management System. Most people contact me about ‘risk and safety issues’ but people … [Read more...] about ‘Paper Systems’ and Safety Management Systems
Why Is The Hierarchy Of Control So Ineffective?
Why Is The Hierarchy Of Control So Ineffective Time to commit ‘Safety Sacrilege’! Where would Safety be without it’s Sexy Curves and Pyramids? See also: Risk and Safety Matrices and the Psychology of Colour For most, safety is about controlling hazards and the tool of choice is the Hierarchy of … [Read more...] about Why Is The Hierarchy Of Control So Ineffective?
Systems Serve Humans not Humans Serve Systems
Systems Serve Humans not Humans Serve Systems There is nothing wrong with having systems or checklists, nor technology to assist such (see “Who Said We Don’t Need Systems”). However, when those systems and checklists become an ‘end’ in themselves they take on a ‘force’ and ‘energy’ of their own. … [Read more...] about Systems Serve Humans not Humans Serve Systems
A Great Comparison of Risk and Safety Schools of Thought
A Great Comparison of Risk and Safety Schools of Thought If you are struggling to get your head around the Social Psychology of Risk and Safety or wondering why your compliance, BBS or zero harm based programs are having the opposite effect from what your intended then here is a really useful … [Read more...] about A Great Comparison of Risk and Safety Schools of Thought