Safety Leadership

Top 10 Simple Things You Can Do To Dramatically Improve Safety (you will probably not find many of these in text books or regulations) The most common feedback I get on this blog is something like: “all this theory is great but what can I do to apply it”. I know Safety loves simplicity and plug ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Cover Letter To My Prospective Employer Guest post by Ken R. Roberts HSE Systems - Safety Leadership - Risk Specialist First published here Dear Prospective Employer RE: Advertised HSE Position Please allow me to make a few observations in the hope that I may offer you my perspective as you sift through the thousands of applicants for the above mentioned role. ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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The Fear of Power and the Power of Fear One of the clear messages in the Netflix series House of Cards is the Fear of Power and the Power of Fear. The House of Cards series exemplifies what happens when one makes power the frame for exchange. The idea that coercion, compliance, power and fear are ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Last Minute Xmas Gift Ideas For Safety People What do you get that well-meaning, hard-working, under appreciated safety person in your life, who has everything except a clue about how people really make decisions? Do they: Come home from work every day lamenting that nobody understands them, listens to them or cares about safety? ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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The Comcast Crash Video - When Blind Safety Compliance Causes Accidents This is the latest unsafety video (below) to go viral and of course there are the usual ignorant arguments firing up on social media about how stupid everybody is. Some say these Comcast Xfinity Cable Repair Guys should be more aware of and respectful of ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Fake News, Fake Safety and Fake Christmas The craft of misinformation has been about for millennia but more recently with the problems of social media has become much more pronounced. The Cult of the Amateur (Keen, 2008) and the world of The Shallows (Carr, 2011) has brought a whole new era of ‘fake news’. This was ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Choosing a Safety Consultant – A Defensive Decision?

by Dave Collins
Choosing a Safety Consultant - A Defensive Decision? A blast from the past - first published on this day in 2015 A new client complained the other day that they had engaged, with some confidence, a large National Safety Consulting Company to complete a traffic management plan. But, the consultant who turned up was a recent graduate who ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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The Mountain Has Been Climbed. Now What?

by Phil LaDuke
The Mountain Has Been Climbed. Now What? by Phil La Duke, first published here: https://philladuke.wordpress.com/2016/10/17/the-mountain-has-been-climbed-now-what/ You’re corporate incident rate is so low that you are the envy of your industry, so where do you go from here? Despite the ever increasing death traps that we call workplaces, it’s a valid question that some fortunate companies have to ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Inductions – A Missed Leadership Opportunity

by Dave Collins
Inductions – A Missed Leadership Opportunity Guest Post by Paul Nieuwoudt - First published here: www.leadership-observer.com The first introduction people often have to our companies is when they attend the workplace induction, and for that reason inductions hold great potential in ensuring a lasting impact is made on inductees. That being the case, it is interesting to consider who ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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The Last Stick Wasn’t Big Enough

by Dr Rob Long
The Last Stick Wasn’t Big Enough Article by Rob Long in response to a recent newspaper article about the need for more vigilance and compliance!!!! We hear a great deal in the safety industry about compliance and coercion but so little about creative solutions with a sense of imagination. Every time there is another event someone comes ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Safety Manager – an Ultimate Scapegoat

by Goran Prvulovic
Safety Manager - an Ultimate Scapegoat I heard an interesting story recently from an acquaintance of mine which prompted me to write this article. As the most senior corporate Safety Manager for the organisation with no operationally based direct reports, she was assigned a personal goal for the year of delivering 20% reduction in TRIFR and a ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Are we victims of our own safety systems?

by Dave Collins
Are we victims of our own safety systems? Guest post Health and safety is perceived by lots of people as a boring subject, but who is primarily responsible for that...who wrote the procedures? Lots of personality and behaviour profiling studies have revealed that the majority of safety professionals fit into Keirseys' Guardian temperament which comprises supervisors, inspectors, ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Safety Professionals–The Piggy in The Middle?

by Rob Sams
Anyone for a game of Piggy in the Middle….? Republished by request - Check out the new book by Rob Sams Piggy in the Middle, do you remember playing that game when you were a kid? You know, the one where you stand in the middle of a group of friends who continually throw a ball to one ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Safety Myths and Misconceptions

by George Robotham
Safety Myths & Misconceptions Republished in memory of the late George Robotham (see all of his articles here) and his mentor Geoff McDonald who also recently passed away (https://safetyrisk.net/vale-geoff-mcdonald/) Note:- Brisbane based OHS consultant, Geoff McDonald has considerably influenced my thinking in the preparation of the following. Because they go to work in Australia, 10 people per ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Where is Safety Leadership Headed?

by Dave Collins
The Pain of Reporting…article by Paul Nieuwoudt (first published here: http://leadership-observer.com/index.php/blog/where-is-safety-leadership-headed) – raises some interesting questions about our current approach to our safety management and incident reporting systems. More of Paul’s articles: Imperfections and Humble Enquiry – A Great Team Zero Harm and A Peasant in 16th Century Europe Another side to the story The Illusion Of Opposites ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Isn’t it Time We Reformed the WHS Curriculum?

by Dave Collins
Graduate - Confused by Career ChoicesIsn’t it Time We Reformed the WHS Curriculum? Dr Robert Long - Executive Director - Centre for Leadership and Learning in Risk Executive Summary This paper argues the case for reformation of the WHS curriculum in Australia. It proposes that safety cannot be done ‘differently’ without such a reformation. The paper describes the nature of the overt curricula ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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