Safety for True Believers

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Is the safety industry a religion? You work it out.



God ordains salvationIndividuals ordain salvation – ‘safety is a choice’ – ‘unsafety is a choice’

Aspiration to perfection

God is omniscient

Aspiration to perfection – Humans are omniscient

‘All accidents are preventable’

Sense of the sacredSense of the sacred, safety is above all things and justifies all power over others
Sacred texts dictate knowledgeSacred texts dictate knowledge (SWMS, Risk Assessments)
Studying sacred texts, can’t be taken awayStudying sacred texts: legislation, regulation, standards and codes of practice, can only be added to, can’t be taken away
Belief in the absolute (zero=infinity)Belief in the absolute (zero=infinity)

‘Cardinal’ rules/sin‘Cardinal’ rules (eg.
Delusions visionsDelusions visions

Original sin (humans are innately sinful)Original sin (Humans are innately unsafe – Bradley Curve ‘Natural Instincts’

Disbelief results in excommunication

Believers and unbelievers

Disbelief in zero results in excommunication

Believers and unbelievers

Infallibility – God

Mortality – humans

Infallibility – Humans

Mortality is denied

Shibboleths for in-out groupnessShibboleths for in-out groupness
Binary opposition irrationalityBinary opposition irrationality

Professionalised class of peopleProfessionalised class of people
VestmentsSalvation through PPE fixation
Mantras as absolutesMantras as absolutes
Gobbeldygook languageBeyond zero, zero plus etc

Priests as gatekeepersZero Harm Managers as gatekeepers

Sunk cost in traditionsSunk cost in traditions
Acknowledgement of suffering and pain as the human conditionDenial of suffering and pain as the human condition
Exclusive knowledge and languageExclusive knowledge and language

Faith and belief irrational discourseFaith and belief in irrational discourse – eg. LTIs as a measure of culture, Heinrich’s pyramid
Rituals and symbolsRituals and symbols

Unquestioned traditionsUnquestioned traditions
Certainty in the face of uncertaintyCertainty in the face of uncertainty

‘All accidents are preventable’

Internal cultsInternal cults
Eugenics, weed out non-believersEugenics, weed out non-believers

Narrow training

70% of religious studies is on the shape of belief

Narrow training

70% of safety training is on Legislation and Regulation, the shape of belief

Military language of warfareMilitary language of warfare

Identity against the enemyIdentity against the enemy

Fear and lack of critical theoryFear and lack of critical theory
Entitlement in knowledge, religious knowledge extends to all of lifeEntitlement in knowledge, a Dip WHS and safety experience makes one expert in everything (apparently)
Making things holyNon-negotiables
Denial and defensivenessDenial and defensiveness
Hierarchies and pyramidsHierarchies and pyramids
Calculative culture, who is saved and not saved, presence of something by the absence of somethingCalculative culture, who is saved and not saved, presence of something by the absence of something, injury as a measure of safety
Enculturated overconfidence, we have all the answersEnculturated overconfidence, safety has all the answers (positivism)
Dr Rob Long

Dr Rob Long

Expert in Social Psychology, Principal & Trainer at Human Dymensions
Dr Rob Long

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PhD., MEd., MOH., BEd., BTh., Dip T., Dip Min., Cert IV TAA, MRMIA Rob is the founder of Human Dymensions and has extensive experience, qualifications and expertise across a range of sectors including government, education, corporate, industry and community sectors over 30 years. Rob has worked at all levels of the education and training sector including serving on various post graduate executive, post graduate supervision, post graduate course design and implementation programs.

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