Simplistic Safety

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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ABC's 'The Middle' Spoofs Oppressive Safety Rules After Rob Long’s recent article,  A Bloody Hand Rail, we were swamped with comments on the blog and our social media pages about similar instances of silly safety at workplaces. Of course there was also the usual responses from the safety crusaders about the importance of compliance around such ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Safety Gone Mad This is what happens when people have too much power and authority,  no idea about discerning risk or any concept of the by-products of just banning things for ‘safety reasons’. See Rob Longs recent article: The Safety Worldview. This is going straight to our HOT TOASTER PAGE As if there aren't a 1000 other ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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XMAS Safety Messages – Fear Has Priority Over Fun Well its that time of year again when everyone is looking forward to a few parties, having fun, celebrating with family and friends and perhaps some well-earned time off work to forget about dumb down safety for a little while………. But, of course the regulator and some ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Dumb Ways To Drive Safety Video We’ve seen a spate of dumb safety videos and campaigns lately, like: https://safetyrisk.net/dumb-ways-to-die-and-a-strange-sense-of-success/ https://safetyrisk.net/dumber-ways-to-promote-safety/ https://safetyrisk.net/hazardman-wont-save-you/ https://safetyrisk.net/safety-gets-even-dumber/ https://safetyrisk.net/latest-breakthrough-in-safety-communication/ It does make you wonder if education and learning or Youtube hits is the real goal? The ABC Reports: The WA Government has resorted to a video featuring children driving toy cars in its latest attempt to educate Perth motorists how ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Safety shouldn’t be about safety, it should be about living and learning. When safety is made into some bureaucratic, legal or club exercise, it has lost the plot. This is why I prefer to talk much more about risk than I do about safety.… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Fall Harness–The Latest Dumb Safety Photo To Go Viral

by Dave Collins
Truck Fall Harness–The Latest Dumb Safety Photo To Go Viral This the latest “safety fail” photo currently going viral on social media. A guy unloading a table-top truck, decked out head-to-toe in all the PPE imaginable including a fall arrest harness which obviously isn't going to work very effectively. TICK, TICK , TICK and FLICK……. Apart ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Electronic Risk Score Calculator

by Dave Collins
Electronic Risk Score Calculator I was given this risk assessment tool over 10 years ago. I thought it was totally awesome and it was one of the first things I published on this blog over six years ago (even before all the safety slogans and safety fail photos!) It was high tech in it’s day – ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Selective Safety and Well Being

by Dr Rob Long
Selective Safety and Well Being It is always entertaining to observe these organisations spruiking the latest spin and fads in HR and organizing. The fad of ‘hot desking’ and ‘open offices’ is such an example (http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/open-plan-offices-arent-working-20160727-gqexts.html ). It is also amusing to go into these organisations with safety first, zero mantras and well being spin on ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Dumber Ways To Promote Safety

by Dave Whitefield
Dumber Ways To Promote Safety Metro Los Angeles have just released a collection of short videos aimed at improving safety around their rail network. They are being likened to the Victorian Metro’s “Dumb Ways to Die” campaign in the way they are using a combination of comedy and severity to get attention and change behaviour. See ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Real Safety Pro’s (and Cons)

by Dave Collins
Real Safety Pro’s (and Cons) – Safety Strikes Again! Following on from two recent and surprisingly popular articles – You’ve Just Got To Love Safety and Porn Safety (safe for work), I was sent a story this morning from the www.telegraph.co.uk (I promised not to blame them if I wrote a blog about it!): Working girls glow ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Desensitisation–the by-product of ill-conceived safety initiatives

by Dave Collins
Desensitization – the by-product of ill-conceived safety initiatives As Gerald Wilde puts it in “Target Risk 3”: “Also, they may simply have been blinded by their zeal to do something quick and easy for safety – and thus doing nothing for it.” Just like many years ago we learned to ignore the sound of car alarms, more ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Acknowledge Trade-offs to Make Better Inquiries

by Rob Sams
Acknowledge Trade-offs to Make Better Inquiries I’ve just arrived home from the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists (SASP) 2016 Conference, where I had the privilege of both listening to and then reflecting on some great presentations. I also presented a short paper myself. If you’re interested in reading my paper, you can access it here. It struck ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Safety Is Getting Silly

by Dave Collins
Safety Is Getting Silly In an attempt to stay relevant some pretty silly things can end up being done in the name of “Safety”. To quote Gerald Wilde (Target Risk 3): “They may simply have been blinded by their zeal to do something quick and easy for safety – and thus doing nothing for it.” Image sent ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Why Is The Hierarchy Of Control So Ineffective?

by Dave Collins
Why Is The Hierarchy Of Control So Ineffective Time to commit ‘Safety Sacrilege’! Where would Safety be without it’s Sexy Curves and Pyramids? See also: Risk and Safety Matrices and the Psychology of Colour For most, safety is about controlling hazards and the tool of choice is the Hierarchy of Control (HOC). It is enshrined in safety legislation, ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Pool Fences, are they dumbed down safety.

by Dave Collins
Pool Fences, are they dumbed down safety. Guest Article by ‘Safety Dave’ (no relation) I finally got around to putting in the above ground swimming pool that I had promised the family for some time. The weather was hot and I loved the idea of being able to cool off at my own leisure as it is ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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