One of the first things educators learn is that the projection of guilt and shame anchored to ‘performance’ is a disaster. It doesn’t matter whether this ‘performance’ is in maths or theatre, the subjectivities of measurement and the way they are declared, can create enormous distress and … [Read more...] about Guilt and Shame, The By-Products of Safety-Zero
Essential Elements for a Safety Strategy The place to start with any strategy is with ethos. Unless one knows the driving philosophy of the people and organisation (ontology), it is likely any strategy will just be much more than a pragmatic quest for more of the same. BTW, most strategies and … [Read more...] about Essential Elements for a Safety Strategy
Are You a One Percenter? Every so often I get a call or visit from a GM of a global or National organization and we chat about research and latest trends in safety. Today was one of those days with a GM of the largest logistics company in Australia. We chatted about what the safety world says … [Read more...] about Are You a One Percenter?
We first launched the Zero Survey 2 years ago and safety people have been steadily responding to it. You can respond here: https://spor.com.au/zero-vision-survey/ We reported findings of the survey after one day (https://safetyrisk.net/first-report-on-zero-survey/) and since then with more than … [Read more...] about Zero Survey Update
What’s in a Safety Mantra? One of the characteristics of the safety industry is the repetition of process, rituals and language attributed to have salvic purpose, to save lives. Any examination of the language of the safety industry reveals an extensive soteriology (theory of salvation). The … [Read more...] about What’s in a Safety Mantra?
Understanding Safety Myths The term ‘mythology’ is not understood well and is associated with the idea of legend/fairy tale but that’s not its meaning. It is certainly not how myth is defined in social psychology. Mythology is really a set of beliefs supported by semiotics (symbol systems) and … [Read more...] about Understanding Safety Myths
Zero is not a Target or Vision, it’s a Language/Discourse Here is a podcast on the 1% safer concept (https://www.safeopedia.com/one-percent-safer-through-vision-zero-and-marginal-gains/2/8831) and it provides a clear insight into the ideology of zero and 1%. How fascinating this strained idea … [Read more...] about Zero is not a Target or Vision, it’s a Language/Discourse
1% Safer than What? I was told today there is now something called ‘the 1% safer movement’, really? What is this industry that frames everything by a number? What is this psychosis with numbers? (https://safetyrisk.net/its-always-a-number/) and what does this mean? If I am 1% safer now than I was … [Read more...] about 1% Safer than What?
In a appreciative response to a blog on A Philosophy of Safety John Phillips used the phrase ‘Wisdom-Based Safety ‘(WBS), what a wonderful expression. What a delightful expression and far better than the brutalism of BBS. More on WBS later. There are two most profound indictments of the … [Read more...] about Wisdom Based Safety
Latest article by Dr Robert Long which attacks the idea that one can solve a safety system problem by simply building ever expanding safety systems! Oh and a little swipe at BBS and Zero Harm! If you liked this article then you should read the whole series: CLICK HERE. I highly recommend you check … [Read more...] about Safety Silver Bullet