WHS Legislation is NOT about Safety it’s about Culture

WHS Legislation is NOT about Safety it’s about Culture. I asked a couple of managers the other day what they thought the WHS legislation was about. You see, my client had asked me to make sure that their managers knew of their legal compliance obligations – a fairly typical request often from senior management. So, …

Acceptable Risk as a Decision Making Process

Acceptable Risk as a Decision Making Process By Dr Rob Long We should all know that the assessment of risk is a subjective process, determined by hundreds of social and psychological factors. The idea that risk assessment is a rational process via assessment of frequency, consequence and severity is contradicted by the evidence (Kahneman, Weick, …

HSE Performance – Back to Basics

Many organisations publicly declare their commitment to safety; have safety values, safety mission statements and many other ways of trying to demonstrate commitment but their practices show otherwise. Managing Organisational HSE Performance and Prevention of Workplace Fatalities – Back to Basics By Goran Prvulovic – RiskWise Solutions There is a lot of attention on current …

The Hypocrisy of Safety Management Systems For SMEs

The Hypocrisy of Safety Management Systems For SMEs At the moment there is a debate raging on a LinkedIn Forum (Ok, its not really raging perhaps just happening) about why SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) don't have comprehensive documented SMS (Safety Management Systems) in place. Of course, as expected on LinkedIn, there are plenty of …

Focus on ‘Meeting’ people, not legislation – a path to risk maturity

Focus on ‘Meeting’ people, not legislation – a path to risk maturity ‘Due Diligence’ seems a buzz term in health and safety in Australia at the moment. I’ve heard many refer to ‘due diligence’ and it’s six steps, as the answer to what we have long been searching in health and safety. Many believe that …