Risk Culture and Cultural Risk

Risk Culture and Cultural Risk When the risk and safety industry defines culture it doesn’t consider critical aspects of culture. The most common definition is that culture is ‘what we do around here’ which fits in nicely with the behaviourist-cognitivist worldview that dominates the sector. So people in the risk industry role up to training …

Enculturing Safety

Enculturing Safety 30 July Speaking at a rally in Washington DC on 2011 Matt Damon stated: “As I look at my life today, the things I value the most about myself are my imagination, the love of acting, my passion for writing, my love of learning, my curiosity - all come from how I was …

Regulation Madness

Regulation Madness I saw the Conference topic ‘Regulating Workplace Culture’  and thought, you can’t make up such bat crazy stuff. In what universe of sensible thought could one possibly think that culture can be regulated. You might as well assert that one can regulate the weather and clouds. Culture is best understood semiotically or as …

The Plan – Corporate Reality Check

The Corporate Plan and How $#it Happens Republished from a long time ago by request Everyone says that cultural change must start at the top. Does it?. Just found this classic old poem in the archives.  Explains, better than I could, why corporate initiatives (like safety or cultural improvements) are not always best led from …

Safety culture – it doesn’t exist

I just came across this article on the Industrial Safety and Hygiene News (ISHN) website (which surprised me given the traditional safety stuff you normally read there!) and I thought it was well worth sharing as it provides a more realistic view on safety culture than perhaps you have read before! Favourite quote: So the …