Desensitisation–the by-product of ill-conceived safety initiatives

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 sound of car …

Ten Cautions About Safety Checklists

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, there is rarely mention by proponents of …

A Case of Desensitisation – What Would You Do?

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 article then …

Desensitizing to Kids Risk and Safety

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 an …