The brief answer to this question is, not much. A mature study of Ethics is found nowhere in the safety curriculum across the globe. The idea of ethics comes from the root meaning (ethike): character, moral nature, guiding beliefs of a person, group or institution. It was originally used by … [Read more...] about What Does Safety Know About Ethics?
AIHS BoK Chapter on Ethics
Continuing our series on Safety Myths – see them all here Ideology is one of those tricky words that can be defined 100 ways. So, it’s always good to define meaning before assuming others know the application of language. In language context, philosophy and culture are critical determinant of … [Read more...] about SPoR, Ideology and Safety Myth
Baudrillard (1929-2007) articulates well the myths of our consumer society in The Consumer Society, Myths and Structures (1998, Sage, London). In this deconstruction Baudrillard builds on the work The System of Objects and demonstrates how humans make objects ‘sacred’ through symbolism, consumption, … [Read more...] about Myths, Ethics and Enactment in Risk
The term identity politics has its source in the 1970s and defines the political identity of groups under various forms of oppression. Often this expression ‘identity politics’ is used pejoratively (https://www.vox.com/identities/2016/12/2/13718770/identity-politics ) and coupled with other silly … [Read more...] about Identity and Safety
The fixation and psychosis of the safety industry with ‘controls’ and ‘measures’ creates the delusion that psychosocial issues can be controlled and measured. When it comes to psychosocial issues, the last thing that helps is quantitative language and simplistic mythology. And the latest Worksafe … [Read more...] about Psychosocial Controls and Measures for Who?
There are so many silences in safety I’m sure we could keep this series going for months (https://safetyrisk.net/category/safety-culture-silences/ ) but perhaps just a few more and we might call it ‘quits’. But you have to ask yourself, why is Safety so noisy on so many petty things and so silent … [Read more...] about Cultural Silences in Safety – Empathy
Who would have thought that 50 years ago that the quest to keep people safe could become a monster? Who would have thought that the idea of documenting decisions in risk could become a useless end in itself, that doesn’t ‘work’ (https://safetyrisk.net/proof-of-safety-is-not-through-paperwork/ )? Who … [Read more...] about Culture Silences in Safety – Trajectories
Safety Silences in Culture – Personhood As we continue the theme of critical factors in culture that Safety is silent about (https://safetyrisk.net/category/safety-culture-silences/ ), we need to explore the silence by Safety on personhood. A discussion of personhood and the notion of a conscious … [Read more...] about Safety Silences in Culture – Personhood
Is Safety A Virtue Signal? I was in a bookshop the other day and saw this book The Babylon Bee Guide to Wokeness. What a crazy society and age we live in where caring for others, helping in the community and compassion for the less fortunate has become ‘woke’. The label and brand of ‘woke’ has now … [Read more...] about Is Safety A Virtue Signal?
Speaking Truth to Power and Safety Recently, two very brave young women delivered speeches at the National Press Club (https://youtu.be/YO8IQ_rVM8g). If you think these speeches were about ‘women issues’ or ‘sexism’ you would be wrong. The common theme of both speeches was speaking truth to power. … [Read more...] about Speaking Truth to Power and Safety