Bounded Rationality – How Can Too Much Safety Be Bad For You? Someone just sent me a safety slogan: “Safety – It’s Never Enough”, normally I would just brush it off as another meaningless, demoralising aphorism but it got me thinking……Join me in reflecting back over the last few serious incidents … [Read more...] about Bounded Rationality–How Can Too Much Safety Be Bad For You?
Building High Performance Safety Cultures (More than ‘the way we do things around here’) What is a Safety Culture? First published here: http://safetyma.myob.net/news/building-high-performance-safety-cultures/162354 If you ask most business leaders to describe their company’s safety culture, … [Read more...] about Building High Performance Safety Cultures
Read the sequel to this article: I’m Still Not That Into Safety Our most popular article out of 3007! Why do you think that is? Rob's courage and honesty has certainly touched some nerves! I’m just not that into safety anymore I have spoken with a number of Managers over the past few months who have … [Read more...] about I’m just not that into safety anymore
The excesses of paperwork in the risk and safety industry is evidence of the mythology that paperwork demonstrates safety. Similarly the idea that numerics and metrics demonstrate safety is based on the same delusion. All data whether quantitative or qualitative is interpreted, there is no such … [Read more...] about Proof of Safety is not Through Paperwork
My favourite quote is in relation to racing drivers on normal roads and why they have more crashes and get more fines: “At their level of skill, driving like an average driver may be intolerably boring. Imagine being a master of Beethoven and all you are allowed to play is “Twinkle, twinkle, little … [Read more...] about Risk Homeostasis Theory–Why Safety Initiatives Go Wrong
Lots of discussion about these currently on OHS Forums, my thoughts are that we should only have one set of procedures that include any safety, not a work instruction and say a SWMS. Procedures MUST be written by or with the people doing the job and regularly reviewed – no better training!! I have … [Read more...] about How to Write Safety Procedures
Tick n’ Flick-Set n’ Forget Two of the active cultural by-products of excessive paperwork and Papersafe safety (https://www.waylandlegal.com.au/post/paper-safe) are Tick n’ Flick-Set n’ Forget. Tick n’ Flick-Set n’ Forget are co-joined heuristics people develop as habits for completing something … [Read more...] about Tick n’ Flick-Set n’ Forget
Presentation Tips for Safety People Please also consider our latest learning article: Learning Styles Matter What is the point of knowing the Act, regulation, systems, procedures and standards if you either can’t communicate or help others learn? Poor pedagogy (theory of teaching) is one of the … [Read more...] about Presentation Tips for Safety People
Posted a couple of years go by Greg Smith here (https://www.waylandlegal.com.au/post/process-or-outcome) but worth sharing again Process or Outcome? Today I was reading a LinkedIn post lamenting the state of health and safety management, evidenced by too many "safety stickers" on a piece of … [Read more...] about Process or Outcome?
Latest from Greg Smith, author of Paper Safe: Hi everyone. Apologies that I have been so inactive on LinkedIn lately, but I have been busy trying to finalise my next book - Reasonably Practicable: cases and commentary, which is designed to help safety managers understand all the elements which go … [Read more...] about Safety How?