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 …

Building Cultural Maturity in Safety and Risk

Building Cultural Maturity in Safety and Risk Introduction – The Culture Paradox Culture represents a paradox for many organisations. While most people can readily comment on it (it’s good/bad, supportive/toxic, weak/strong), few can meaningfully define it. Common attempts tend to be vague and focus on culture as behaviour (“Culture is the way we do things …

By What Method?

By What Method? One of the strange beliefs of Safety is that the publication of injury statistics invokes change? Ah, how does it do that? Since when did information become motivation? When one looks at the many promises made in the safety industry and all the propaganda about zero, injury reduction etc. there are three …

Transdisciplinary Safety

Transdisciplinary Safety In the latest issue of The Risk Magazine  in the Future of Risk Edition (No. 3 March 2018, p.44) I argued that the future of risk must embrace transdisciplinarity (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transdisciplinarity ). It is interesting that the binary view that currently dominates safety even interprets this transdisciplinary call as an ‘either-or’ view. A transdisciplinary …

Safety as Policing

Safety as Policing One of the principle factors recognized by the World Congress on Safety 2017 was the problem of ‘safety as policing’. The Congress recognized that the strategy of ‘policing’ doesn’t work and is ineffective (p.10). It states: ‘The OHS Professional’s role should be reconceptualized as a continuous improvement expert … as opposed to …