risk homeostasis

An insightful article by Dennis Millard first published here: http://humanrysk.blogspot.com.au/2016/10/risk-intelligent_63.html?m=1 Are You Risk Intelligent? Risk is all around us, not all risk is bad risk. If we don’t take risks in life, not only do we not learn, we miss opportunities for business success. Preventing people from taking risks can stop them from learning how to make ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Truck Fall Harness–The Latest Dumb Safety Photo To Go Viral This the latest “safety fail” photo currently going viral on social media. A guy unloading a table-top truck, decked out head-to-toe in all the PPE imaginable including a fall arrest harness which obviously isn't going to work very effectively. TICK, TICK , TICK and FLICK……. Apart ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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My favourite quote is in relation to racing drivers on normal roads and why they have more crashes and get more fines: “At their level of skill, driving like an average driver may be intolerably boring. Imagine being a master of Beethoven and all you are allowed to play is “Twinkle, twinkle, little star”! (Wilde, ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Standing on a train platform this morning I noticed that the old authoritative “STAND BEHIND THE YELLOW LINE” had been replaced with something a little more personable (see below, as opposed to ‘in front of this you get a fine’) and it reminded me of this article by Gab Carlton from a few years ago ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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What Can Safety Learn From Desire Paths? Safety people often lament: “why do they take short cuts?”, “why do they ignore signs?”, “why cant they follow procedures?”, “why do they disable safety features?” – Simple answer: Because they are human! A more complex answer may be found in “Risk Homeostasis Theory” (RHT) which says that everybody has ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Many Still Think That Risk Homeostasis Is A Fallacy Upon reflection, I realise that I have known of the concept of Risk Homeostasis pretty much my whole life. I can fondly remember the massive hills I was game enough to conquer once I had brakes installed on my billy cart. It is only in the last ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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A creative safety initiative but beware of the by-products

by Dave Collins
A creative safety initiative but beware of the by-products Video of this “life saving” road safety initiative by Samsung has gone viral on Youtube. I can understand that, its a pretty cool idea. However, the number of hits on Youtube or the use of technology to provide a relatively simple solution to a complex problem are ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Trainee Brain Surgeon Solves DIY Fall Problem

by Dave Collins
Trainee Brain Surgeon Solves DIY Fall Problem Preventing a serious head injury when falling off a ladder is a simple as wearing a bike helmet according to a leading Trainee Brain Surgeon who presented her findings to the the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons annual scientific congress on Thursday. Read the whole brain busting article HERE She ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Why Do We Ignore Warning Signs-Sometimes With Tragic Results?

by Dave Collins
Why Do We Ignore Safety and Warning Signs - Sometimes With Tragic Results? We have all seen and had a chuckle at “Caution This Sign Has Sharp Edges” with the very fine print: “also, the bridge is out ahead”. We have devoted a whole page to stupid and pointless signs, the semiotics of which imply that ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Biases and Perceptions in Safety

by Dave Collins
Biases and Perceptions in Safety Thanks to John Wettstein from Safety Strategies for sending this in. Have a read of the story and reflect (see reflection makes sense) on how this message may apply in the workplace, particularly in regards to risk and safety. Why does this happen? Here are a few reasons: In his book “Risk Makes Sense” ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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How to Make Safety Incentive Schemes Successful

by Dave Collins
How to Make Safety Incentive Schemes Successful Since seeing the by-products of poorly designed and implemented safety incentive schemes I have never been a big fan of them, particularly those that reward for not getting injured (or not reporting those injuries). Although they once supported and encouraged them, the regulators are now viewing them with suspicion.  ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Risk Homeostasis Presentation

by Dave Collins
Risk Homeostasis Presentation VIDEO With much trepidation I have decided to put it out there…….. my presentation on Risk Homeostasis for Unit 1 of Graduate Certificate in Social Psychology. The video was recorded and edited brilliantly by Rick Long (more of his work here) See it here: Dave Collins – Risk Homeostasis ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Why Safety Controls Don’t Always Work

by Dave Collins
Why Safety Controls Don’t Always Work The Way We Expect Thanks to John Wettstein from Safety Strategies for sending this photo in. Wilde’s theory of Risk Homeostasis tells us that all people have their own target level of risk. They will adjust their behaviour based on their own perception of the risk versus all of the perceived ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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