‘A picture is worth a thousand words’ ‘Seeing is believing’ These are common aphorisms about photographic media and images. Unfortunately, these aphorisms have never been true. No image is objective or neutral but rather carries a story that must be interpreted. Now, more than ever with … [Read more...] about A Picture Tells a Thousand Lies in Safety
Most workers don’t ‘use’ paperwork, they just sign it just as many workers don’t read paperwork they just give it the ‘tick and flick’. The idea of excessive paperwork in safety is much more a middle management problem than a worker problem. The real decisions on the job where the greatest risk is … [Read more...] about Paperwork and Usability in Tackling Risk
Flooding is Dangerous, and I don’t Mean the Water…. Parts of the east coast of Australia have experienced heavy rain over recent weeks and it has become common to read headlines of flash flooding causing road closures, cars washed away and sadly a man in Sydney was killed when he was swept into a … [Read more...] about Flooding is Dangerous, and I don’t Mean the Water….
Paper Safe By Greg Smith. I am happy to announce my new book, Paper Safe: the triumph of bureaucracy in safety management is available. It seems to me that at some point health and safety management has lost its way. Rather than being concerned about protecting workers and others from the … [Read more...] about Paper Safe
This cute little song by Slim Dusty lays out the ultimate challenge for Risk and Safety. So much of what characterizes Safety is about looking backward. Counting data, LTIs, TRIFR and counting lead indicators (positive activity) all focus on the past as if these are an indicator of the future. Most … [Read more...] about Looking Forward, Looking Back
Window Dressing, Theatre and More of The Same We read the sad news of yet another fatality in mining in the Zero Harm in Leadership state. Of course, zero ideology is anti-leadership and anti-learning and it seems there’s not much learning going on in mining Queensland. We learned in 2020 that … [Read more...] about Window Dressing, Theatre and More of The Same
Safety Cosmetics One of the grand activities of keeping up with safety systems is keeping up appearances. The idea that paperwork obesity is a healthy thing is a strange cultural myth in the safety industry (https://vimeo.com/162034157 ). If in doubt, add more in. It is a strange belief in the … [Read more...] about Safety Cosmetics
The Myth of the SWMS Manifesto I’d like a dollar for every mail I get telling stories about what is considered necessary in a Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS). It seems that Safety is far more attentive to safety mythology (something that is made symbolically true, that isn’t) than what is … [Read more...] about The Myth of the SWMS Manifesto
Are You on The Safety Teat? A short while ago I was helping an associate fill out a third party platform for Safety, lets call the platform DN4. DN4 is both a software application and a supposed new design in how safety should be reported. My work was as an advisor to an organisation, for the … [Read more...] about Are You on The Safety Teat?
What You Profess in Safety There is no separation between claiming the word ‘professional’ and what you profess. What one professes determines if one is profess-ional regardless of whether one likes to claim the word as a brand or not (https://safetyrisk.net/not-a-professions-bootlace/ ). … [Read more...] about What You Profess in Safety