Zero Harm

The Safety Spoilsport One of the things we hated as kids was the ‘spoilsport’, the one who wouldn’t ‘play’ in the spirit of the game. Indeed, spoilsports were the ones who hated play full stop. Play is an essential part of learning. Play recognises the uncertain in learning and doesn’t stress about not knowing the outcome. Play ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Toward Zero, A Failed Goal Generally when people set goals that fail, they reassess their goal and reframe the goal and seek a goal that is achievable and sense-able. This is the logic of SMART goals (https://safetyrisk.net/understanding-safety-goals/, https://safetyrisk.net/a-better-safety-goal-than-zero-harm/, https://safetyrisk.net/zero-incident-goals-motivate-risk-taking/ ). Generally, people who set goals consider the psychological by-products of that goal, to make sure that ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Fake News, Fake Safety and Fake Christmas The craft of misinformation has been about for millennia but more recently with the problems of social media has become much more pronounced. The Cult of the Amateur (Keen, 2008) and the world of The Shallows (Carr, 2011) has brought a whole new era of ‘fake news’. This was ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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TRIFR Safety Zombies The surge in interest in the zombie phenomena (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zombie) across media, social media, movies and literature is extensive. The zombie apocalypse (societal breakdown) projects a widespread (usually global) rise of zombies hostile to human life that engage in a general assault on civilization. The surge in interest in zombies was anchored to the ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Innocence and Justice in Safety Jung rightly names Safety as the archetype of innocence . Innocence is linked to the quest for justice and purity, zero harm. The ideology of zero harm endorses the archetype of the innocence-safety discourse, a sign of immaturity. The quest for perfection believes in the ultimate justice that perfection is attainable ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Courage to Challenge the Great TRIFR and LTIFR Delusion It was Marx (The German Ideology) who said ‘as individuals express their life, so they are’. At the heart of this aphorism is the idea that what is normalized in a culture comprises what the culture is. One of the things that have become normalized in the culture ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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The Bradbury Effect, BP Syndrome and TRIFR Stats

by Dr Rob Long
The Bradbury Effect, BP Syndrome and TRIFR Stats Everyone knows the story about Stephen Bradbury and his gold medal (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYUjmEH9NNk). Here is the Aussie running last in the speed skating event of 2002 and by sheer luck and the misfortune of others he comes first and wins the gold medal. Now, without taking any credit from ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Promoting Dumb, Anxiety and Harm in the Name of Good

by Dr Rob Long
Promoting Dumb, Anxiety and Harm in the Name of Good The by-products of not being educated in the challenges of ethics and ideology in safety training are many (https://safetyrisk.net/isnt-it-time-we-reformed-the-whs-curriculum/). The first by-product is the development of policy by naivety and ignorance. This is where we find language that hides a dehumanizing trajectory in the name of ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Don’t mention the ‘V’ Word

by Dr Rob Long
Don’t mention the ‘V’ Word Any review of the discourse in orthodox safety reveals the omission of many words, language and discourse that are critical for an holistic understanding of safety. Just trawl through conference proceedings for the SIA or blogs or podcasts or books on safety and try and find discussion on fallibility, wisdom, discernment, ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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There is Another Ethic than Zero Accidents

by Dave Collins
Editors note: In a comment in the article “The Worm at The Core” a reader directed me to an article by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health in which they decree that “Accidents are not approved or permitted”  - That statement really did something to me so this article by Dr Rob Long was very ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Zero to HRO (High Reliability Organisation)

by Dave Collins
Despite all the latest trendy spin about safety disruption the language in this paper was considered to be too “inflammatory” for publication in a mainstream traditional Safety Journal (download it and you will see why) – so it gives me great pleasure to publish it here: Zero to HRO (High Reliability Organisation) Abandoning antediluvian accident theory DOWNLOAD THIS ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Safety and the Spin of Disruption

by Dr Rob Long
“There are no trends in safety at present that give any inkling that disruption is even a possibility. The Regulation, Act, systems and standards are certainly not shrinking nor changing.” Just Because You Speak it, Doesn’t Make It So Safety and the Spin of ‘Disruption’. One of the benefits of living in Canberra is keeping one’s ear to ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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You know Where You Can Stick Your Safety Slogans

by Dave Collins
You know Where You Can Stick Your Safety Slogans Unions and Mining Companies have dug in for a long battle of meaningless aphorisms and condescending platitudes, started for safety reasons.  Multinational Safety Organisations including Anglo American, Rio Tinto and BMA have recently diversified into mining and this has been the main catalyst for the war and ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Good Luck to the Luck Deniers

by Dr Rob Long
Everyone knows that to be successful at gambling you rely on knowing the odds, taking risk and LOTS of luck! Same with everything we do in life and at work. The ZERO HARM advocates think they can control or supress everything, including risk, luck and human fallibility. But how many LTIFR free periods are the ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Zero Harm and A Peasant in 16th Century Europe

by Dave Collins
Just came across this one from a few years ago, luvved it and felt it should get some more air. Zero Harm and a peasant in 16th century Europe Guest article by Paul Nieuwoudt Life today appears to hold some similarity to that of 16th century Europe. Europe in those days was largely dominated by the Roman Catholic ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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The Dance of Death and Randomness

by Dr Rob Long
The Dance of Death and Randomness When you walk into St Nicholas’ Church in Tallinn Estonia you are confronted by the 15th Century painting, The Dance of Death. When standing in front of the painting one is captivated by the magnificent work of the master painter Bernt Notke. The painting is only a fragment of the ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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