So you reckon you can calculate risk to 3 decimal places?? Think again. A recent article by Dr Robert Long, that may make you rethink your belief in Risk Assessment as being objective!. If you liked this article then you should read the whole series: Extract: Finally, we should be … [Read more...] about Objectivity, Audits and Attribution When Calculating Risk
The Mechanistic Worldview and the Dehumanization of Safety By Dr Rob Long There should be no great surprise to anyone regarding the number of trade offs we have made by accepting the mechanistic worldview of safety. The narrative in safety over recent history has shifted away from humanizing … [Read more...] about The Dehumanization of Safety
We learned a few days ago just how much money can be made from a safety checklist. (Meet Australia's newest unicorn SafetyCulture and Billion dollar milestone: SafetyCulture Australia's newest unicorn ) If anyone ever doubted ‘the seduction of the box’ mentalitie in Safety … [Read more...] about Checklist Seduction and The Delusion of Data
Yes, It’s A Checklist So April 28 is 2021 World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day . What would be a good symbol/semiotic to capture the meaning of this day? What would be a beaut poster that could be offered to link safety to the grief and loss of losing a loved one at … [Read more...] about Yes, It’s A Checklist
Related Post: I'm Just Not That Into Safety Anymore I regularly get contacts from people who want to leave the safety industry and don’t know how. Most often these people enter the industry with a passion for care and helping others. They often have a passion for learning. It doesn’t take long … [Read more...] about How to Leave the Safety Industry
These days I watch a lot of Playschool, a children’s TV program on ABCTV (https://www.abc.net.au/abcforkids/sites/playschool/). Playschool is a pre-school education program based entirely on imagination and play. Everything about the show is basic - no fancy props, no expensive sets and adults … [Read more...] about What Can Safety Learn From Playschool?
So, You Want Culture Change? When one’s definition of culture is either systems, behaviours or values (or all three) the strategies (methods) that result reflect the definition. Changing values, systems and behaviours doesn’t change culture, it only affects these small elements of culture. One’s … [Read more...] about So, You Want Culture Change?
One of the mythologies created by the safety industry concerns the effectiveness of checklists. Yes, checklists are useful and helpful. The Checklist Manifesto by Gawande is a reasonable read on the positives and negatives of checklists and can be downloaded here: … [Read more...] about Checklisting
Envisioning and Creativity in Safety There are several key factors in the safety industry that mitigate against envisioning and creativity, both are essential for a sense of vision. These are: The work of compliance creates compliance thinking Checklisting creates checklist thinking … [Read more...] about Envisioning and Creativity in Safety
Republished by Request My favourite line: “Finally, we could spend a bit more time with our little kids and start practicing a way of thinking we have devalued for far too long and bring some fun back into making sense of risk.” Incident Investigation and the Limits of Risk … [Read more...] about Incident Investigation and the Limits of Risk Imagination