Desensitization – the by-product of ill-conceived safety initiatives As Gerald Wilde puts it in “Target Risk 3”: “Also, they may simply have been blinded by their zeal to do something quick and easy for safety – and thus doing nothing for it.” Just like many years ago we learned to ignore the … [Read more...] about Desensitisation–the by-product of ill-conceived safety initiatives
Believe it or not one of the most popular search terms on this site is “gory safety videos”!!! But do shock and horror war stories really encourage safe behaviour or is it just voyeurism that creates the interest?. You will really enjoy this latest article by Dr Robert Long. If you liked this … [Read more...] about A Case of Desensitisation – What Would You Do?
A checklist for checking your use of checklists :-) Ten Cautions About Safety Checklists See also: Making Objects Safe or People Safe (Dr Rob Long), Risk is About People, not just Objects (Rob Sams) Whilst value of checklists is well documented by Gawande (The Checklist Manifesto) and others, … [Read more...] about Ten Cautions About Safety Checklists
One of the lessons Safety continually doesn’t learn is that numerics, metrics and statistics desensitize people to caring. This is known as psychic numbing and has been well researched by Slovic and others … [Read more...] about Desensitization, Statistics and the Psychic Numbing of Numerics
Dr Rob beat me to the post on this one about the proposal to teach “safety” in schools so I’ll just make a few opening comments….. I fear the opposite of desensitization and that we will produce a generation of little “Zero Harmers”. If the Public Service safety inductions that I have seen are … [Read more...] about Desensitizing to Kids Risk and Safety