The Safety Worldview and COVID19 If you look at safety sites to do with COVID19 you would be mistaken to think that the threat of COVID19 is just a physical/biological thing (Safe Work Australia, AIHS, NSCA Foundation ). Don’t you love it when Safety releases ‘statements from experts’ about … [Read more...] about The Safety Worldview and COVID19
One of the temptations of working in safety is to portray a ‘wicked problem’ as black and white, simple and easy (https://safetyrisk.net/risk-and-safety-as-a-wicked-problem/ ). A wicked problem is any problem that cannot be ‘fixed’ or ‘solved’ and the more one attempts to do so, the more ‘wicked’ … [Read more...] about Coping With Paradox and Ambiguity in Safety
Ravetz in the foreword to Independent Thinking in an Uncertain World, A Mind of One’s Own talks about ‘post-normal science’, ‘box-ticking culture’ and the ‘poverty of normal science’. He sets the scene for a conversation about the limits of the myth of objectivity and tackling some of the … [Read more...] about Zero as Morally Wicked
Safety ‘Solutions’ Won’t Move a Hippo! So how do you move a Hippo? Well according to a kids book I read my 5 year old the other night it’s quite simple if you’re willing to learn the message. So the story goes that there is a Hippo lying on the bridge asleep and in the way. The other animals … [Read more...] about Safety ‘Solutions’ Won’t Move a Hippo!