Proof of Safety is not Through Paperwork

The excesses of paperwork in the risk and safety industry is evidence of the mythology that paperwork demonstrates safety. Similarly the idea that numerics and metrics demonstrate safety is based on the same delusion. All data whether quantitative or qualitative is interpreted, there is no such thing as objective data. The delusion that volume and …

Evidence, Proof and Paperwork in Safety

Evidence, Proof and Paperwork in Safety I was with a client yesterday and all the nonsense safety mythology surfaced the moment I suggested that they not record certain acts and activities. The anxiety hit the roof, ‘but Rob how can we ‘prove’ we undertook the activity and how can we prove its effectiveness?’ Great question …

Paper Safe

Paper Safe By Greg Smith. First published here: https://www.waylandlegal.com.au/blog/paper-safe 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 …

The Impact of Curiosity vs. Compliance in Safety

The Impact of Curiosity vs. Compliance in Safety Insightful article by Jenny Krasny first published here but deserves a more discerning audience than the LinkedIn circle This post discusses the idea of progress in safety vs. a process of dehumanisation and, the changes we have seen over time. You're welcome to skip ahead to the …

‘Paper Systems’ and Safety Management Systems

‘Paper Systems’ and Safety Management Systems By Matt Thorne from WHS Concepts I have been consulting in risk and safety in Adelaide for over 10 years and am often asked to help ‘revitalise’ an organisations Safety Management System. Most people contact me about ‘risk and safety issues’ but people rarely understand either what the problem …