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Risk Makes Sense

Dr Long is pleased to announce the release of his fourth book available for free download ( ). Simply click on the image of the book, add to cart, submit your details and the download is yours.

Risk Makes Sense, Human Judgment and Risk was released in 2012 and helped launch a new approach to risk based on Social Psychology. The Social Psychology of Risk (SPoR) brings together a unique Body of Knowledge that informs the way people understand: work, risk, culture, learning and human decision making.

Since 2012 thousands of people and hundreds of companies have participated in workshops in SPoR with many of the practical tools developed in SPoR being used in many International and National organisations.

The best way to understand the SPoR approach to risk is semiotically. Hence, the SpoR Body of Knowledge ( uses semiotics to capture the relational and dialectical way of knowing in how people make decisions. Semiology is introduced in Risk Makes Sense at page 122 associated with leadership. For a full understanding of semiotics and risk you can read the 7th book in the series (also for free download, Fallibility and Risk, Living With Uncertainty, Chapter 2 Similarly, in the latest book The Social Psychology of Risk Handbook, i-thou is a complete overview of SPoR and associated maps of learning.

You can download all four books in batch download by going here:

For The Love of Zero – Free Download

imageWith his new eighth book approaching (I’ve read an early draft and it is a cracker! – stay tuned), Dr Rob Long has decided to put “For the Love of Zero” up as a free download.

You can also down “Real Risk” and “Fallibility and Risk” free. The 3 free book downloads are now here:

This is a book for the fallible, the human and those committed to learning.


What is it about?

In a perfect world things don’t go bump and wheels don’t fall off, humans don’t make mistakes and people don’t suffer – but we don’t live in a perfect world. No amount of denial of human fallibility makes it so. We have hospitals, morgues and cemeteries that remind us that human life is not only finite but that suffering and risk test your attitude to learning. In the midst of human reality there are proponents claiming that ‘all accidents are preventable’ and advocating ‘zero harm’. Some organisations even reward employees for meeting ‘zero’ goals and thereby ‘prime’ workers to hide, deny and under-report harm.

Real Risk – Free Download

Real RiskWell, here is a gift from Dr Long to you for 2019, a free download of book three in the series on risk – Real Risk, Human Discerning and Risk. Enter your details for the free download here:

After the absurd fear associated with empty toilet rolls ( it seemed like the release of Real Risk was a must. Safety absurdity simply gets more bizarre every day as fear and hyper-safety become the norm in the safety industry. How strange that the safety industry is so fixated on petty risk, of course the natural by-product of zero ideology.

Real Risk was first released in 2014 following on from the highly successful books Risk Makes Sense and For the Love of Zero. Sales and downloads of the series on risk now numbers more than 25,000 books.

This announcement means that there are two free downloads in the series of risk – Fallibility and Risk (, and Real Risk.

There are of course other free downloads as:


And, Free videos: and

Real Risk brings some important language to the debate about risk and safety namely: wisdom, discernment, wicked problems and semiotics. In all the risk industry’s fixation on behaviourism, scientism, this language is totally missing.

Real Risk is full of stories, anecdotes, practical tools and challenging ideas. I hope you enjoy it and please give feedback.

The print copy of Real Risk is still available too.

If you download the book your details will be added to the quarterly newsletter.

Fallibility and Risk – Book Seven Free Download

imageDr Long has just completed book seven in his series on risk and is offering his latest book Fallibility and Risk, Living With Uncertainty as a free download.

Here is the link:

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Please note: If you find the academic level of the book a bit challenging then it may be best to read the first book Risk Makes Sense.

What the book is about.

In order to understand what the book is about I have attached the Foreword to the book by Robert Sams Author of Social Sensemaking, A Reflective Journal; how we make sense of risk:

Like it or not, I was once a ‘Crusader’. I lived a life dedicated to ‘saving’ people; from themselves, from others, from ‘things’. Who else could perform such a critical role? After all I was a Safety Manager, and with that, a bastion of all knowledge about risk. I even had a consulting business named Dolphin Safety Solutions.
I’d put some thought into this name as dolphins were something special to me; they are great communicators, they travel together and look out for each other and they are known for their intelligence. But what did I really understand of intelligence?
While intelligence is great, if we don’t understand our ontology (reason for being) or how we ‘know’ (epistemology), we can easily be deceived into thinking that such knowing will lead us to a happy, fulfilling and rewarding life.

Our modern world seems to place a special value on intelligence. However, if the only reason for knowing is to be the ‘smartest person in the room’, that to me indicates a life of ‘I’ rather than ‘thou’ (Buber). A tension that we all must live with if we are to be fallible beings in this world?

Welcome to Fallibility and Risk, a book not for the feint hearted, but one that just may challenge you enough to push you into ‘cognitive dissonance’.

Download the book here:


George - guidance book coverIf you are a new Safety Person and want to learn more in 4 hours than in 4 years at Safety Uni or if you are seasoned Safety Pro and sick of bashing your head against the wall or if you have a responsibility for safety at work (ie every one of us) then do yourself a big favour and download these free resources.

NB: Sadly, the Author, of these books, George Robotham, passed away on September 11 2013. He was the most passionate Safety Person I have ever met. He was my Mate. He was my Mentor. He was my Inspiration. I will sorely miss him.  ENJOY HIS LEGACY:



George’s first FREE EBook: Guidance-FOR-the-beginning-OHS-professiona1.docx (20381 downloads)

Facilitate LearningGeorge’s second FREE EBook: Broader-Management-Skills.docx (3020 downloads)

George’s third FREE EBook: What_it_means_to_be_an_OHS_professional (7375 downloads)

George’s fourth FREE EBook: Lessons-I-Have-Learnt.docx (1694 downloads)

George’s fifth FREE EBook: My_Defining Moments in Safety .pdf (1838 downloads)

George’s sixth FREE EBook: Learning-How-to-Facilitate-Learning.docx (1590 downloads)

George’s seventh FREE EBook: Effective-Safety-Management-Systems.docx (4567 downloads)


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From the author:

How often have I walked into a business or factory and discussed safety with supervisors/managers that seemed at a loss of how to make their workplaces safer.

As adult humans we have an inbuilt capacity to identify hazards and things that could endanger our lives, young children and teenagers do not have this ability, hence to adults, teenagers often seem reckless in what they do, it really does not kick in until we reach maturity. As hunter gatherers, we had a danger response called fight or flight; we used

this auto response to ascertain hazards and danger and how it might affect our chances of survival, this is still with us, only used but rarely.

As parents, we can automatically see and sense when our children are in danger, but rarely see these things in our surroundings for our own personal safety, or the safety of others.

This little booklet is written in an easy to understand way that allows any manager or supervisor to gain an insight into a way to achieve a safer place to work for themselves and their employees.


Accident & Incident investigation is a practiced art, the investigator (s) should never conduct an investigation with existing prejudices, but with a clear mind set only on the objective to ascertain what happened, why did it happen and how can this be prevented from happening again.

As an investigator, you are not seeking to lay blame for the accident, to do so jeopardises the investigation outcomes, and as such, you should not be in a position to carry out the investigation.

A good investigation can only be achieved, when the investigator (s) are neutral and solely focused on the structure of the accident itself.

Like a detective conducting a criminal investigation, you are looking for factual evidence that will stand up in court, evidence that will lead to a decisive conclusion.

The quality of an investigator is subject to their experience, just like a detective, one gets better the more one learns from each investigation.

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Authors Note* This booklet is not about Risk Management or Hazard Analysis, it is written in order to describe what RISK really is, and the types of people that it affects.


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Barry Spud

Barry Spud

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What is a Safety Spud? Lets look at a few more spud head activities in risk and safety: 1. Coming on to site saying there is a safety issue when in fact there’s no such thing, it’s a political issue. 2. ‘Falling apart’ when people make choices that we think are stupid because they won’t do as we ‘tell’ them. Then we put on the angry face and think that overpowering others creates ownership. 3. Putting on the zero harm face, presenting statistics, knowing it has nothing to do with culture, risk or safety. 4. Putting on the superman (hazardman) suit and pretending to be the saviour of everything, this is good spud head cynic stuff. 5. Thinking that everyone else is a spud head except me. 6. Thinking there’s such a thing as ‘common’ sense and using such mythology to blame and label others. 7. Accepting safety policies and processes that dehumanize others. 8. Blaming, ego-seeking, grandstanding and territory protecting behind the mask of safety. 9. Thinking that risk and safety is simple when in fact it is a wicked problem. Denying complexity and putting your spud head in the sand. 10. Continually repeating the nonsense language and discourse of risk aversion that misdirect people about risk, safety, learning and imagination.


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