Organisations are Social Institutions I saw a meme the other day from the safety sphere that stated: ‘We, all of us, are just one new executive away from having to start again at the very beginning’. Of course, this is utter nonsense. The idea that ‘we’ (the organized) are shaped by the shifting of … [Read more...] about Organisations are Social Institutions
Republished by request and now with accompanying video (at end of article). This article was referenced in the must read new book: Risky Conversations, The Law, Social Psychology and Risk (follow that link for a really cool video on the myths of safety paperwork) Quote from the article: The denial … [Read more...] about Binary Opposites and Safety Goal Strategy
Toecutter: In Australian police slang, ‘Toecutter’ refers to members of the internal Ethical Standards Division (including such groups as the former Office of Police Integrity in Victoria). You can read this as Safety. Example Toe Cutter In the world of criminality, the Toecutter is just a rat. … [Read more...] about Just Culture or Toe Cutting
The Discourse of Just Culture in Safety One of the most important skills in Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) is to look and listen to text-narrative and consider critical language omitted. Discourse is about power embedded in language, discourse is just about the flow of conversation and text. … [Read more...] about The Discourse of Just Culture in Safety
Do the Right Thing, It’s Common Sense Wouldn’t it be easy and simple if risk was black and white and safety was as easy as ‘check your gut’ (AIHS BoK) and ‘do the right thing’ (Just Culture). Unfortunately, it’s not and talking about ‘common sense’ and other such useless language helps no … [Read more...] about Do the Right Thing, It’s Common Sense
One of the strange things about the Just Culture phenomenon in risk and safety is the strange idea that somehow Justice and Culture can be controlled. Most often what Safety does with most things it touches is redefine Justice or Culture as ‘behaviours’. This is what Safety does with most things it … [Read more...] about Is Just Culture Unjust?
Understanding Just Culture The idea of Just Culture is not a neutral concept. Within the mechanistic worldview of safety and positivism Just Culture often is defined to mean ‘fair systems’ or ‘low-blame’ systems. This is evident in many presentations on Just Culture including the following … [Read more...] about Understanding Just Culture