Sometimes we get feedback from people in risk and safety for whom SPoR has transformed the way they tackle risk. On most occasions we don’t hear back from the many thousands who access all that is free and downloadable in SPoR. This week I received a wonderful note from someone in the UK and … [Read more...] about My Journey with SPoR
Social Psychology of Risk
One of the scariest results in the Zero Survey is that 89% of respondents believe that zero creates dishonesty in safety (https://safetyrisk.net/zero-survey-update/ ). We live in an undiscerning age where so many are seduced by mis-information. This is evidence of an education system that doesn’t … [Read more...] about What Does Misinformation Do in Safety?
One of the most worrying results of the Zero Survey (https://safetyrisk.net/zero-survey-update/) is the number of people in safety who believe the meme: ‘safety is a choice you make’. Belief in such mythology has huge implications for how one approaches incidents, events and methods/training. If … [Read more...] about Safety is NOT a Choice
Understanding Conscience and Safety Conscience refers to an unconscious sense of ethics, most often associated with intuition and implicit knowledge. One’s conscience refers to a way of ethical decision making associated with heuristics and emotional sensemaking. Conscience informs judgment and … [Read more...] about Understanding Conscience and Safety
Dr Rob Long, Author of Real Risk – Human Discerning and Risk (download Ch1 Here), explains why we switch to autopilot when under normal work pressures, despite the safety world trying to impose rational thinking processes during inductions, tool box talks or via SWMS. The Conundrum in Discerning … [Read more...] about The Conundrum in Discerning Risk
When someone asks how? the meaning is ‘by what method?’ For example, how do you make a coffee? Means by what method do you make a coffee? Do you put milk in first, last or have no milk? Do you use instant, brewed or filtered. You get what I mean. When it comes to risk and we ask the question: … [Read more...] about By What Method Do You Tackle Risk?
A conversation between Dr Nippin Anand and Dr Robert Long on the importance of understanding ritual in relation to understanding culture. The discussion is based on the SPoR Ritual and Gesture Tool. Next podcast will be on the importance of gesture in risk management. LISTEN TO IT HERE … [Read more...] about Rituals in Risk Management – Podcast
The Mystery of the Emotions One of the puzzles of human ‘being’ is the uncontrollability of the emotions. The idea that the brain can just ‘will’ or ‘turn on or off’ the emotions is one of the delusions of the behaviourist/cognitivist construct. Why is it that some people have less fear than … [Read more...] about The Mystery of the Emotions
Take Safety Seriously This is the edict of the Queensland Resource Council on 13 August 2014, ‘take safety concerns seriously’. The assumption of course is that workers don’t take safety seriously, what an amazing assumption. What else, when ones reality is dictated by injury data. When the data is … [Read more...] about Take Safety Seriously
Fear of Being-in-the-World One of the valuable contributions of the philosophy of phenomenology is the concept of Dasein. Dasein is German for ‘being-in-the-world’ articulated by Martin Heidegger . Heidegger is a controversial philosopher because of his complicity with the Nazi party during WW2. … [Read more...] about Fear of Being-in-the-World