We know that zero is extremist and that it holds no compromise with anything other than zero. The anathema to Zero is 1. I was offered an invitation the other day by an engineer to be lectured on balance in risk assessment. Yet, what safety engineers call ‘balance’ is NOT balance. There are at … [Read more...] about Finding Balance in SPoR
One of the core principles in SPoR is balance. We see this visualised in the SPoR risk maturity model. See Figure 1. Risk Maturity. Figure 1. Risk Maturity. This simple semiotic makes clear all of the ‘steps’ that need to be considered in tackling risk. Whilst we tend to start risk … [Read more...] about Getting the Balance Right in Tackling Risk
Amongst the many tools (https://safetyrisk.net/what-does-spor-do/ ) developed in the Social Psychology of Risk (SPoR) is the use of Engagement Boards. I discussed these four years ago on this site (https://safetyrisk.net/safety-engagement/). The Engagement Board strategy is based on the notion of … [Read more...] about Tackling Risk With Engagement Boards
A must watch risk and safety video I sceptically showed this video yesterday in a presentation to a group of Risk Engineers, Lawyers, Safety Professionals and Project Managers. The response was overwhelming – I could just about see the lightbulbs going off in their heads – one company now wants to … [Read more...] about A must watch risk and safety video
Guest Post by Brian Darlington In preparation for an upcoming diving vacation, I have for the past two weeks, been observing my wife, Aneta, partake in training sessions for her Open Water scuba diving qualification. Throughout the two weeks of theoretical sessions, exams and practical … [Read more...] about Take a lesson or two from scuba divers about safety
In the middle of last year I was asked to help a multinational Tier 1 construction company to help with their thinking on a major project that was about to be rolled out. This company knew there were cultural issues that would affect people negatively. The morning of this meeting we did a … [Read more...] about Psychosocial Safety, I think it is about a 7?
In a recent blog by Dr Rob Long, “Myths and Symbols In Safety”, Rob has stirred some great discussions about myths and symbols in safety. Rob is polemic in nature and writes in a way to give pause to think. And to state is upfront, Rob is a friend and mentor and I study with him via the CLLR … [Read more...] about This Is Not A Pipe
So much of what we do in safety takes its focus on workspace. We call this the physical or ‘primary’ dimension of safety. This is easy to administer and regulate because what is required is visible and accountable through checklists matched to regulations. Most safety walks and observations are … [Read more...] about Safety Engagement with Workspace, Headspace and Groupspace