FREE ebook – Guidance for the beginning OHS professional

by George Robotham on November 12, 2016

in George Robotham,Safety Books

Post image for FREE ebook – Guidance for the beginning OHS professionalFREE 216 page ebook – “Guidance for the beginning OHS professional” – by the late Safety Legend George Robotham

UPDATE: Over 10,000 copies already sent out and the positive feedback has been overwhelming – this encouraged George to write another 6 before he passed away suddenly and way too soon! Check out all of George’s FREE EBooks here: Free Safety EBooks – Sharing his immense knowledge and experience in his own unique way was just the way George rolled – Fwd this link to as many as you can – Help keep his legacy alive

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 Most of you would know George from the many articles he has written for us in the last 2 years. This book combines many of those modified articles and many other reflections by George after nearly 40 years at the coal face of safety. Sadly George passed away suddenly on Sept 11 2013. George wanted to spread his wisdom far and wide and wrote this huge volume of the most useful safety stuff you are likely to find after already mentoring many young safety Pros. This is a must read for not only the new Safety Professional but also the tough nuts hardened by the years and perhaps still bashing your head against the wall.


Book intro and TOC are below for your info:


In nearly 4 decades of involvement in field, corporate, project and consultant OHS roles I have had the opportunity to learn a variety of things. In this publication I have outlined generally 1-2 page thoughts on safety and safety aligned topics, with the aim of providing some brief guidance to the newly developing OHS professional. Where I considered it important I have included major papers on significant topics I believe I cover a fair bit of relevant ground. Whilst there is a smattering of theory in the following, most is based on practical experience. A strong message is that to be effective in OHS you need competency from other areas, as well as your OHS competencies.


Why read this paper? What will I learn? What is in it for me? 4

Lessons learnt from my safety jobs 4

Major safety technical lessons learnt 10

The good, bad and the ugly of George’s 38 year safety career 26

Professional associations

Why have OHS? 69

30 Sure fire ways to stuff up a safety management system 86

Advice to new OHS people 88

The accidents I have been associated with 93

What is wrong with the way OHS is managed in Australia 104

What is right with the way OHS is managed in Australia 110

What makes a safety management system fly

Geoff McDonald 128

Safety Myths 128


Personal Damage Occurrence Investigation Models 130

Analysis of “Accident” experience 131

Access to earthmoving equipment 132

Critical Incident Recall 133

George’s Philosophy on Life, Work and Relationships 134

Background to OHS 140

Behaviour-Based Safety 140

Role of the safety professional 141

Safety incentives 141

Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate 142

Alternatives to the hierarchy of controls 143

Young worker safety 145

Zero harm 146

Commercial Safety Management Systems 148

Major mistakes I have seen made in implementing OHS 149

The toughest safety assignment I have had 150

How to have an effective safety committee 151

Common law 152

Safety Benchmarking 153

OHS tools for managing safety 154

Job Safety Analysis 154

Georges down to earth advice to safety representatives and safety committee members 155

Risk assessment tips 156

Accident investigation 157

Accident investigation summary 163

Auditing OHS systems 164

Non OHS tools for managing safety 165

Safety communications 165

Safety culture 166

How to improve safety culture 166

Interpersonal skills 167

Leadership 176

The things you need to know about health and safety leadership

Leadership quotes 176

Military leaders on leadership 177

OHS Leadership 178

How to be a safety leader 180

References 180

Leadership in safety-Ethics 181

Leadership in safety-Trust 181

Learning 182

Adult learning principles and process

OHS Learning 202

Training and development needs of OHS personnel

Implementation of a learning management system 210

The use of Power-Point presentations 211

Tool box meetings 211

The use of humour 212

Safety Induction 213

Human Resources 213

Job interviews 213

The resume 215

Conclusion 216

George Robotham

George Robotham

George was a Legend in the Safety World who passed away in Sept 2013 but left us with a great legacy
George Robotham
I have worked in OHS for most of my working life, many years in the mining industry including over 10 years in a corporate OHS role with BHP. Since leaving the mining industry I have worked in a variety of safety roles with a variety of employers, large & small, in a variety of industries. I was associated with my first workplace fatality at age 21, the girl involved was young, intelligent, vivacious and friendly. Such a waste! I was the first on the scene and tried to comfort her and tend to her injuries. She said to me “George, please do not let me die” We put her on the aerial ambulance to Rockhampton base hospital where she died the next day. I do not mind telling you that knocked me around for awhile. Since then I have helped my employers cope with the aftermath of 12 fatalities and 2 other life-altering events. The section "Why do Occupational Health & Safety" provides further detail but in summary, poor safety is simply very expensive and also has a massive humanitarian cost. My qualifications include a certificate I.V. in Workplace Training and Assessment, a Diploma in Frontline Management, a Diploma in Training & Assessment Systems, a Bachelor of Education (Adult & Workplace Education) , a Grad. Cert. in Management of Organisational Change and a Graduate Diploma in Occupational Hazard Management. I am currently studying towards a Masters in Business Leadership. Up until recently I had been a Chartered Fellow of the Safety Institute of Australia for 10 years and a member for about 30 years. My interest is in non-traditional methods of driving organisational change in OHS and I have what I believe is a healthy dis-respect for many common approaches to OHS Management and OHS Training. I hold what I believe is a well-founded perception that many of the things safety people and management do in safety are “displacement activities” (Displacement activities are things we do, things we put a lot of energy into, but which when we examine them closely there is no valid reason for doing them). My managerial and leadership roles in OHS have exposed me to a range of management techniques that are relevant to Business Improvement. In particular I am a strong supporter of continuous improvement and quality management approaches to business. I believe leadership is the often forgotten key to excellence in most aspects of life. I hold the Australian Defence Medal and am a J.P.(Qualified). I have many fond memories of my time playing Rugby Union when I was a young bloke.
  • David Wedge

    I have subscribed and followed all instructions to no avail. I called the customer support line and they stated they no longer carry this book, “guidance for the begginer OHS professional” I was charged for the subscription. Could you please direct me as to where I may obtain a copy of this book? or could you please send me a copy? I am very interested in reading it.

    Thnak you.

    • Well we don’t have a help line and we certainly don’t charge for a subscription???

  • Rehebiam Machimbira

    The instructions to Download the book are not shown on this page. May you please assist with downloads instruction or send in a copy on my e-mail. Thank you.

    • The instructions to download are quite clear – subscribe and you will be directed to the download page once you have clicked the confirmation link in a subscription email you will be sent

  • Cassandra

    Hi, I am an existing subscriber and cannot download the ebook. Can you please re-send? Thanks

  • Molly Grissom

    Looking forward to reading George’s work~

  • Hayley

    Good morning, I am an excisting subscriber but cannot download the book? Could you please advice.

    • I will send you the link which you would have received when you subscribed

  • Noel Griffiths

    Am already a member of this site and have been trying to get a copy of Georges books from 3+ onwards.
    Refer to books 1 and 2 on a regular basis.


  • Richard Forster

    Hi Dave
    Not wishing to appear insensitive or anything but would it be possible to get a photo of George onto your website? it would be nice to put a face to a name. Like many I emailed him to thank him for the ebooks and his contributions. I am currently putting together a training course to be submitted to WorkSafe Victoria and have included one of George’s quotes and trainers notes explaining about George as my little mark of respect.
    Cheers mate.

  • Marie

    I wanted to first offer my condolences on George’s passing – he will be very missed from this blog as I read his posts with much interest and was always able to take something away from them to use in my career or professional conduct. When I read the news I thought it was about time I read his books however I am having trouble accessing them. The only information I can find on accessing them directs me to become a subscriber – which I already happily am. Could you please direct me to where I can access all 5 of George’s books?
    Thank you in advance

  • Fay

    I would like a copy of the ebook learning this book would be a valuable tool

    • Just follow the instructions and it will be yours :-). You will also find out how to get the other 5 books – don’t forget to say please!

  • Anthony

    The instructions (in the box titled PLEASE FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS) say to subscribe in order to get the eBooks. Which we are all doing…

    Then when you click on the link to get the eBook you are returned to the Subscribe page… No where does it say to contact George direct.

    This is what is causing the flurry of requests for eBooks on this blog.

    Change the instructions on how to get the eBooks and the requests will disappear..?

    • Yeah – they need to subscribe, that is the deal! If you are subscribed then all would be explained. Some 5,000 others have not had a problem?

  • elizabeth

    Hi, I have subscribed but have not been sent a link to download your books,



    • Its just been emailed to you again – check your junk folder – not that it’s junk but……… 🙂

  • Rachid

    Mr George,
    I read the extract from your book it is quite interesting. Could I have the complete book

    Kind regards


    • Riskex

      Subscribe and you will recieve

  • Connie Restuccia


  • I am interested in reading your books I have been in safety for over fifteen years and always looking to improve myself so that others can go home safe. Thanks

    • Riskex

      When you subscribe you will be sent details on how to get the books

  • John Brandquist

    Hi George, could you please send me a copy of the book entitled – ” Guidance for the beginning OHS Professional”? Thanks very Much


    • Riskex

      If you are subscribed you will have been sent instructions on how to get the books 🙂

  • Debra

    Hi George,
    I’m very interested in reading your book entitled – ” Guidance for the beginning OHS Professional”?

    Could you please send me a free copy of your E-Book

    Many Thanks

  • Edwin C Crisp


  • Kevin Twohig

    Please forward me a copy of your book as this intersts me to encourage others to be passionate about ensuring we go home safe to our family after a day at work.



    Hi George, could you please send me a copy of the book entitled – ” Guidance for the beginning OHS Professional”? Thank you.

    • Riskex

      Please follow the instructions

  • steven kamare


  • Philip


    good day, had just read a few lines in the Guidance for Beginners and loved…could you kindly send me the full e – book.

    Thanks and regards,

  • raja

    I would like to request for said ebook – guidance for new beginners. Please send it to my email . It will be much appreciated, Sir!

  • Emil Chong

    Hi George, could you please send me a copy of the book entitled – ” Guidance for the beginning OHS Professional”? Thank you.

  • Chris Jones

    Hi guys, I’ve just read your books and I feel I have a much clearer view on which direction I need to focus on to become the best safety practioner I can possibly be.
    I’ve only recently finished Cert IV and Diploma in OHS and also Cert IV TAE, I really think the actual OHS courses could do with relating a lot of what’s contained in the books.
    Thank you for the time you put into helping us understand what it takes to achieve safety in the workplace.

  • Chris Jones

    Would you be kind enough to email me George’s latest eBook as well please.

  • Tessa Jacobus

    Please send me a copy of the book guidance for beginners

  • Aupa Mokoena

    I would like to be a better Health and Safety Professional and do my best to save life at my workplace, thats why i think i must have a copy of this E book

  • Aupa Mokoena

    Can i please get a FREE E book

  • Tom

    Could I please get a copy of the E books as I think it will help with my OHS studies

  • Michael McCrea

    Please send me a copy of your book. Thank you for sharing.

    Michael McCrea, CSS, NCSO

  • Osman Sınav

    Please, send me a copy of the book guidance for the beginners ohs professional.

    • Riskex

      please follow the simple instructions on the page

  • I, too, want to thank you for the great ebook. It has been pivotal in offering me direction as I continue to expand my knowledge base in the world of safety. I have come to realize that although I started my path into safety as my primary focus, over the 30+ I have always practiced safety, as well as encouraging other to do likewise, while in the military and law enforcement. Now as a Police/Fire/EMT practitioner, I see a huge need, especially within the US, for a more organized efforts towards police health & safety, similar to what the fire service here has done over the last 30+ years. Again, thanks for sharing your experience and perspective; it has been very helpful for me. Keep up the great work. Also, I do enjoy your email newsletters.

    • Riskex

      Wow – thanks for your great feedback Kirk. The fact that you do that means that you really get what safety is all about – PEOPLE! and encouraging them to think and contribute – people like you are a rare breed! George and I get very little feedback, that is OK as it only takes 1 person like you to keep us going!

      • You are very much welcome. As you say, it is about people – people doing what it takes to get home every day in one piece. As we say at the Sheriff’s Office, goal number 1 is to go home at the end of the shift or day!!

  • olayori

    please subcribe me to this new E book guidance new beginners..thanks so much

  • Matt

    Looking forward to the ebook. Knowledge is key!

  • Matt

    Looks great!


    Dear Sir ,

    I would like to obtain a ebook – guidance for new beginners .


    Dear Mr. George,

    Good day!

    I would like to request for said ebook – guidance for new beginners. Please send it to my email ( It will be much appreciated, Sir!

    Safety First!!!

    Thanks n regards,


  • Morris Elkins

    I subscribed for the updates.
    Please send me a copy of the free OHS ebook.

  • Tina

    Hi George, please subscribe me to the e-book Guidance for the beginning OHS Professional.

    Thanking you in advance.

  • TS Sarangapani


    I would like to get this book. Please let me know how can I get this book.

    Thanks for everyone who contributed for this book. Contents looks interesting !

    TS Sarangapani

  • Claude

    Good Morning

    I would like to request for said ebook – guidance for new beginners. Please send it to my email, I look forward to reading the book and thanks for the effort to everyone involved in this site

    E-mail Adress


    • Riskex

      Please follow the instructions on the page.

  • saravana kumar

    Dear George,

    Good day!

    I would like to request for said ebook – guidance for new beginners. Please send it to my email ( Your prompt reply will be much appreciated, Sir!

    With love and respect,

    • Riskex

      Please follow the instsructions

  • Anthony

    Can you please forward a copy of George’s latest eBook?


    • Riskex

      Please follow the instructions on the page

  • Chan Wai Yip

    I would like to request a copy of the said e-book (Guidance for New Beginners) and highly appreciate your kind sharing mate. Thanks and take care.

    • Riskex

      Please follow the instructions


    Kindly share a copy with me.

  • Michael Womersley

    Wow, one would think in the world of health and safety being able to read and follow instructions would be an invaluable skill to have. Apparently not lol, I look forward to reading the book 🙂 and thanks for the effort to everyone involved in this site. It helps an aspiring OHS professional who does not have a mentor or guidance.

    • Riskex

      We are all only human! Thanks for your feedback mate – enjoy the read


  • Khalid Iqbal

    Thanks George!

  • Kevin Prue

    Please send me a copy of the book guidance for beginners

    • Riskex

      please follow the instructions in the box on teh page

  • Chris Ginn

    I would find this ebook interesting please send me a copy

    • Riskex

      I think you would – please just follow the instructions

  • Don Blanca

    Dear Mr. George,

    Good day!

    I would like to request for said ebook – guidance for new beginners. Please send it to my email ( It will be much appreciated, Sir!

    Safety First!!!

    Thanks n regards,

    Don Blanca

  • Ray Williams

    Please send me a copy.

  • chris Schneider

    Can you please forward a copy of George’s latest eBook?

    • Riskex

      Please email george direct as per the instructions

  • Cheney

    Hi, I have subscribed to this blog and still am not able to download George’s FREE ebook. Is it possible to get the full version after subscribing?

  • John

    Can you please forward a copy of George’s latest eBook?

  • orval pantallon

    please subcribe me to this new E book guidance new beginners..thanks

    • Riskex

      you will need to enter your email address in the “GET EMAIL UPDATES” box in the right column

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