Sighhhh.......every time I publish one of these true stories I am inundated with private emails from people telling similar stories and their disdain for these aspects of safety - but they fear speaking up about it. Rebelling against the ridiculous and harmful side of safety is interpreted by the … [Read more...] about A Culture of Care (and sackings…)
Accidents Happen Because You Don’t Put Safety First This is the language and logic of Worksafe Victoria (http://worksafenews.com.au/news/item/571-farmers-urged-to-put-safety-first-as-fatalities-soar.html). Apparently farmers put safety last or second and that’s why farmers get injured. If only … [Read more...] about Accidents Happen Because You Don’t Put Safety First
Is Safety a Choice You Make? One of the things safety seems good at doing is developing illogical slogans and sayings. Some examples are: ‘all accidents are preventable’ and ‘safety is no accident’. The trouble is what we say affects the thinking of others and sets cultural agenda. Half of this … [Read more...] about Is Safety a Choice You Make?
Make Your Safety Slogan Social Safety is a profoundly social activity. We see this in the many slogans in safety that emphasize connections to family and loved ones as a reason for safety. However, we should chose slogans carefully. One of the early slogans of the COVID19 pandemic was ‘we’re all … [Read more...] about Make Your Safety Slogan Social
There are many aphorisms that float about the workplace that are used to suit the hidden agenda of those in power. One such saying is: ‘you have to be cruel to be kind’. This is captured in the sentiments of the song by Nick Lowe ‘Cruel to be Kind’. Of course cruelty is not an indictor of … [Read more...] about Do You Have To Be Cruel To Be Kind?
quotable quote: “The use of silly and meaningless safety language matters, it creates a distraction and delusion that safety and risk are being addressed. We may feel good about speaking such words but they dumb down culture and distract people from taking safety seriously”. All Injuries are … [Read more...] about All Injuries are Preventable and Other Silly Safety Sayings
Tips for staff engagement in “dirty jobs” – does the same apply for dangerous jobs? Just came across this article on HC Online: Professional pariahs: Tips for staff engagement in “dirty jobs”. It discusses the challenge of how to engage and motivate staff involved in “dirty jobs” like toilet … [Read more...] about Tips for staff engagement in dirty jobs
Safety First is a Joke? It does seem that Safety People have become the butt of a lot of jokes lately. Happened to me just yesterday when, at a social function, I was asked the inevitable “so Dave what do you do?”. Before I could answer: “I’m a Risk Engineer” or “I’m a Loss Control Consultant”, my … [Read more...] about Safety First is a Joke
Safety First or Just in the Top Three? Anyone who has been around the block a few times and who takes a realistic and holistic approach to managing health safety in the workplace knows that safety is NOT first, never has been, never will be and never should be. Slogans like “safety is No1 … [Read more...] about Safety First or Just in the Top Three?
Enthusiasm, Motivation and Double Speak in Managing Risk and Safety Another excellent piece by Dr Robert Long to keep the ball rolling – If you liked this article then you should read the whole series: CLICK HERE. I highly recommend you check out Rob’s new book “RISK MAKES SENSE” – click on image … [Read more...] about Double Speak in Managing Risk and Safety