Webinar on Zero

Webinar on Zero

zero harmI have been writing on the ideology of zero for many years but have never been asked to discuss or debate it with anyone in the safety sector, till now. The two books I have published against the ideology of zero include:

· For the Love of Zero, Human fallibility and Risk https://www.humandymensions.com/product/for-the-love-of-zero/

· Fallibility and Risk, Living With Uncertainty. (Free Download) https://www.humandymensions.com/product/fallibility-risk-living-uncertainty/

I have also been conducting the MiProfile Survey for 12 years and with over 60,000 participants with 60% of respondents rejecting the discourse of zero (https://www.humandymensions.com/services-and-programs/miprofile/).

The problem with zero is that it is much more than just a word or a number. Most of the proponents of zero state that it is a philosophy/ideology (https://oshwiki.eu/wiki/Zero_accident_vision). And this is where I run against the ideology of zero. I don’t come from a STEM background nor have I ever been anchored to safety as a lens for seeing the world. I have come out of working in four professions before I encountered the psychosis of zero.

Of course there is no evidence or demonstration of how zero works despite propaganda to the contrary (http://www.zeroaccidents.nl/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/TNO-publication-Sustainable-Safety-Visions-and-Perspectives-symposium-at….pdf). Now that the global mantra for safety is zero (http://visionzero.global/ ), the religious circle is complete, just believe! (https://safetyrisk.net/no-evidence-for-the-religion-of-zero/). How dare one critique the discourse of zero as a psychosis?

Well, in the 15 years I have been practicing risk and safety consulting and writing, I have never been asked to discuss or debate the problem of zero till now. Seems like the industry of compliance has one voice that’s open to debate.

Webinar on the Problem of Zero

A webinar is proposed by mango (https://www.mangolive.com/) to discuss the problem of zero scheduled for next Wednesday 19 June 2019.

If you are interested you can register here:


Dr Rob Long

Dr Rob Long

Expert in Social Psychology, Principal & Trainer at Human Dymensions
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PhD., MEd., MOH., BEd., BTh., Dip T., Dip Min., Cert IV TAA, MRMIA Rob is the founder of Human Dymensions and has extensive experience, qualifications and expertise across a range of sectors including government, education, corporate, industry and community sectors over 30 years. Rob has worked at all levels of the education and training sector including serving on various post graduate executive, post graduate supervision, post graduate course design and implementation programs.

2 Replies to “Webinar on Zero”

  1. It’s never what is obvious overt things in our language that matters but the hidden by-products and trade-offs that are not seen behind any spin and propaganda. The only pathway and outcomes from demanding perfectionism from people is brutalism. WE should have learned that from the Nazis.

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