Safety Professional

New Year’s Resolutions for Safety Professionals - 2017 By Phil LaDuke – first posted here Four years ago I posted New Year’s resolutions for Safety Professionals and it continues to get a lot of traffic this time of year. I while I still believe the resolutions I wrote back then are important, I think it’s high time ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Linking Out of LinkedIn – Looking For a Better Risk and Safety Forum? I wrote the article below in January last year and unfortunately the relevance,  quality of discussion and opportunity for learning on Linkedin, for me, has now reached an unacceptable low. The most popular posts on there, these days seem to be about the demise and “Facebookification” ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Tooma 2016A Couple of recent articles by Kevin Jones that are well worth a read Don’t kill anyone. Don’t seriously injure anyone. by Kevin Jones Michael Tooma (pictured right) has been a leading writer on occupational health and safety (OHS) law in Australia for some time.  He is one of the few labour lawyers who is not afraid to ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Under Par Safety Our brains are wired for inadvertence and laziness, not for attention and choice. So why do we force people to attend long winded safety meetings which bore people to death? Also, our brains are not designed to think in binary logic, so why have we created systems which force people to complete safety ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Tape Down Those Leads One of the things that is curiously entertaining in safety is a lack of proportionality and critical thinking. I often present in facilities where arrangements have not been considered for how workshops are presented, including: lighting, power leads, power points, desks, tables and ventilation just to name a few factors. But one ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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imageI have been a fan of Phil LaDuke for a long time, many aren’t and nor would he or I expect them to be. He touches nerves, confronts the establishment, desecrates holy safety ground. He creates considerable dissonance and desire to change. Anybody who has tried to do more in safety than write procedures, audit ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Adversarialism and the Politicisation of Safety

by Dr Rob Long
Adversarialism and the Politicisation of Safety One of the by-products of binary thinking is adversarialism that is, the framing of being by oppositionalism. Adversarialism shapes its sense of being by what it is not. It doesn’t know what it believes but rather what it doesn’t believe. It defines itself over against ‘the other’ who it demonises. ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Efficiency, Control and Their Affect on Others

by Rob Sams
Efficiency, Control and Their Affect on Others For some people, being organised, efficient and in control over others can be like an addiction. It can seem like they just can’t get enough of control efficiency. This is typical in risk and safety and is often enacted in the name of ‘your safety is our priority’. Safety ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Safety Golden Rules, Leadership and Ethics

by Dave Collins
Safety Golden Rules, Leadership and Ethics We all know how massively complicated, confusing and unwieldy Safety Management Systems have become (see Measuring Safety, You’ve Got It All Wrong). Many companies (co-incidentally those who have created these convoluted behemoths of safety systems) have tried reduce the confusion and the new risk this has created by introducing “Golden ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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The Benefits of Positive Safety

by Dave Collins
Why Can’t Safety Be A Positive Thing? Last year I had to unsubscribe from quite a few safety newsletters. They were just chock full of disasters, deaths, fines and depressing stories. The latest one I received has inspirational headlines like: “Mandatory Drug Tests Start Soon”  and "Bullying rife among surgeons" – aaarghhhh (see Isn't Safety Supposed to ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Rules of Safety Spudology

by Dave Collins
Rules of Safety Spudology Just over 12 months ago we coined the term “Safety Spuds” and “Safety Potatoes” as a way to portray and highlight two distinct personalities, styles and approaches of Safety Professionals. Safety Spuds were represented by the fictional safety crusader, Barry Spud (see Rob Sams recent interview with Barry) who inspired several satirical ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Is Your Safety Unappreciated?

by Phil LaDuke
Feeling Unappreciated? Maybe You Invite the Abuse Latest Blog By Phil LaDuke – first published here There’s no denying the job of a safety professional can be tough. Between opportunistic vendors pushing snake oil, trenchant Operations leaders willing to take unreasonable risks, and petulant workers who passively (or belligerently) resist any and all efforts to make the ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Safety Crusaders Anonymous

by Dave Collins
Hi, I’m Dave and I am a Safety Crusader…….. You may also enjoy: Are You A Safety Crusader Or A Safety Leader When I started this blog, six year ago, I was a self-confessed Safety Crusader. You can still see the remnants and residue of that time in the older articles about safety slogans, compliance and procedures. ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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The Future for Safety Professionals and Leaders

by Dave Collins
Just found this interesting article Posted by Marie-Claire Ross - HERE Other similar resources: Advice for New and Aspiring Safety Professionals Skills, Advice and Tips for Experienced Safety Leaders The Future for the Safety Professional   In the Industrial age, factories in the western world broke down tasks into smaller tasks so that low paid, uneducated workers could follow simple instructions. Compliant ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Dumbing Down Safety

by Dave Collins
wikipeidiot1Dumbing Down Safety - Safety In the Age of Wikipidiots By Phil La Duke first published on his blog here: Safety in The Age Of Wikipidioats. Phil says: I thought you might enjoy my recent post, Safety in the Age Of Wikipeidiots. Is anyone still out there? “It ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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SOCD – Safety Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

by Dr Rob Long
SOCD – Safety Obsessive Compulsive Disorder I read an interesting article on the Safety Differently blog today and it made me think that safety is a disorder for some people. In the discussion The Safety-fication of Everything I couldn’t help think just how sad some things have become in the sector. In the blog by Steven ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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