Safety Fundamentalism

Is there such a thing as safety fundamentalism? The concept of fundamentalism was originally coined in reference to a rigid theological movement in the USA in 1905 upholding the literal interpretation of the Bible. More generally, fundamentalism refers to rigid ‘faith like’ exclusivity in thinking and actions.  The fundamentalist mindset can be applied to any …

It’s a Safety Requirement

It's a Safety Requirement! For some years now the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has had a Safety Myth Busters Challenge Panel - their mission is to expose stories about ridiculous decisions taken, wrongly, in the name of health and safety. Visit their website. You may also like this recent article: Safety First or …

Complexity and safety

Complexity and Safety Popular discussion topic at the moment – republished guest post by the late George Robotham Introduction Early in my safety career it became obvious to me that safety is about the people and not about the things and artefacts. It is not about the safety management systems, safety management plans, risk assessments, …

What is OHS?

What is Occupational Health and Safety? One of the original Articles by the late George Robotham  Good question that I do not have a good answer to, but have a few observations- OHS is the science / art / wizardry / bloody hard game of convincing stakeholders at all levels to identify hazards, assess risk …

Health and Safety Overkill

Health and Safety Overkill You will also love our "THIS TOASTER IS HOT" page In searching for more ammunition to fight my “OHS is Bull$#/t” Cause (see recent article). I came across this gem on the Workplace Law Bookshop Website: "In a culture where £200 is spent on teaching employees how to make a cup …