Programming for Safety, the Performance Myth The language of ‘performance’ in safety has over time, been decoupled from its real meaning. How humans ‘perform’ has been commandeered by behaviourism … [Read more...] about Programming for Safety, the Performance Myth
Ends and Means in Safety As long as what I do gets a safety outcome, it doesn’t matter what I do to get it. This is the declared philosophy of safety ‘ends justifies the means’ ideology. As long as … [Read more...] about Ends and Means in Safety
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 … [Read more...] about Are You a One Percenter?
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 … [Read more...] about Understanding Safety Myths
The Fallacy of Marginal Gains and Nudges One of the characteristics of safety marketing is the continual clutching at straws to motivate and move people towards safety. We see this in the endless … [Read more...] about The Fallacy of Marginal Gains and Nudges
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 … [Read more...] about Zero is not a Target or Vision, it’s a Language/Discourse
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 … [Read more...] about Essential Elements for a Safety Strategy
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? … [Read more...] about 1% Safer than What?
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 … [Read more...] about What’s in a Safety Mantra?
It’s Always a Number I was on a conference today and the first question set to the panel was about a number. I didn’t respond to the question but rather asked the conference, why is safety so good at … [Read more...] about It’s Always a Number