‘Whenever Safety is used as an adjective whatever follows is moronic’ - Dr Rob Long In his book “Drift Into Failure”, the attention Sidney Dekker gives to the importance of language is critical as he states: ‘What we need is a language that can help us get to a more functional account … whose … [Read more...] about Doing Away With Health and Safety–Language and People
Do Persons and Systems ‘Drift’ into Failure? The identity of personhood as defined by fallibility (https://www.humandymensions.com/product/fallibility-risk-living-uncertainty/ ) should be foundational to any ethic of risk. The vulnerability and mortality of being human ought to determine what one … [Read more...] about Do Persons and Systems ‘Drift’ into Failure?
The Triarchic Mind, Risk and Safety So much of how we think about decision making is centred on the brain. The common misconception is that the brain is a mainframe computer that directs actions. This is how binary reductionist thinking operates. The human will is centred here in the brain, that … [Read more...] about The Triarchic Mind, Risk and Safety
Safety’s Garden of Eden Complex One of the enduring myths of the risk and safety industry is the naive belief in paradise. Paradise is that mythical place where no-ne will be harmed. We see this nonsense yearning for utopia demonstrated in the Bradley Curve and the ideological nonsense of zero … [Read more...] about Safety’s Garden of Eden Complex
How many band-aids are covering up your festering safety system? Great article by Trinette Jaeschke first published here on her Safety Mentor Blog Some extracts: Resilience: Is it missing in safety? Resilience is to adapt to change Often resilience is seen as something ‘we’ as individuals need … [Read more...] about Resilience: Is it missing in safety?
Please Don’t Try to Fix Me - I’m Not a Machine My good friend Brian is a ‘tinkerer’, a very good one. If there’s work to be done on a machine Brian is your ‘go to man’. He can analyse, adjust, maintain or fix most things mechanical. For example, I recently bought a second hand lawnmower that wasn’t … [Read more...] about Please Don’t Try to Fix Me – I’m Not a Machine