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Safety Doesn’t Need Military Language One of my favourite books on learning is by Donald N. Michael ‘Learning to Plan and Planning to Learn’. Michaels is one of the great education philosophers up there with the likes of Parker J. Palmer, Buber, Ellul, Claxton, Robinson, Maclaren, Illich and Friere. Michaels is the best in articulating how ...… Read the rest of the article

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Biases and Perceptions in SafetyThanks to John Wettstein from Safety Strategies for sending this in.Have a read of the story and reflect (see reflection makes sense) on how this message may apply in the workplace, particularly in regards to risk and safety.Why does this happen? Here are a few reasons:In his book “Risk Makes Sense” ...… Read the rest of the article

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Is Safety a Choice You Make? One of the things safety seems good at doing is developing illogical slogans and sayings. Some examples are: ‘all accidents are preventable’ and ‘safety is no accident’. The trouble is what we say affects the thinking of others and sets cultural agenda. Half of this silly stuff comes from people ...… Read the rest of the article

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I’m just not that into safety anymore

by Rob Sams
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One of our most popular articles of all time! Rob's courage and honesty has certainly touched some nerves! I’m just not that into safety anymore I have spoken with a number of Managers over the past few months who have argued with me that ‘safety’ in our workplaces means that we must do everything we can to ...… Read the rest of the article

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Understanding The Social Psychology of Risk And Safety

by Dr Rob Long
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Understanding The Social Psychology of Risk And Safety In response to a number of emails I have received and conversations I’ve been having (and sadly some very ignorant comments posted on LinkedIn) I thought it would be a great idea to republish this excellent summary of the principles by Dr Rob Long.Understandably, given how the same ...… Read the rest of the article

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What is Excess Regulation Doing to us All?

by Rob Sams
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What is Excess Regulation Doing to us All? First published HEREThis paper follows my presentation at the inaugural Psychology of Risk Conference that was held in Sydney in March 2015. I’d like to warn readers up front that this piece is longer than usual as I attempt to tackle a topic that is complex and paradoxical. Introduction If ...… Read the rest of the article

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Safety Engagement with Workspace, Headspace and Groupspace

by Dr Rob Long
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Safety Engagement with Workspace, Headspace and Groupspace – Toward Total Safety Organisation 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 ...… Read the rest of the article

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Is Complacency Evil?

by Dr Rob Long
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Republished by request...... Is Complacency Evil? Lots of words are thrown around the safety sector with little definition. Everyone seems to know what everyone else is thinking and yet there is little clarification. The word ‘culture’ is perhaps the best example of an overused but under-defined word in safety. Most people when they talk about culture end ...… Read the rest of the article

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THE PLAN – HOW $#1T HAPPENS

by Dave Collins
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THE PLAN - HOW $#1T HAPPENS Some excellent comments on the post: Think Outside The Safety Suggestion Box reminded me again of this piece of prose (seems like this has happened before). In his book “Industrial/Organizational Psychology: An Applied Approach”, Michael Aamodt  suggests that when there is “serial communication” (where messages are passed from person to person) then bad ...… Read the rest of the article

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How to Make Safety Incentive Schemes Successful

by Dave Collins
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How to Make Safety Incentive Schemes Successful Since seeing the by-products of poorly designed and implemented safety incentive schemes I have never been a big fan of them, particularly those that reward for not getting injured (or not reporting those injuries). Although they once supported and encouraged them, the regulators are now viewing them with suspicion.  ...… Read the rest of the article

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Risk Homeostasis Presentation

by Dave Collins
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Risk Homeostasis Presentation VIDEO With much trepidation I have decided to put it out there…….. my presentation on Risk Homeostasis for Unit 1 of Graduate Certificate in Social Psychology. The video was recorded and edited brilliantly by Rick Long (more of his work here) See it here: Dave Collins – Risk Homeostasis ...… Read the rest of the article

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‘Pause and Ponder’ – what we can learn from social psychology academics

by Rob Sams
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‘Pause and Ponder’ – what we can learn from social psychology academics I’ve had the privilege over the past few days to attend the Society of Australasian Social Psychologist (SASP) Annual Conference held in my hometown of Newcastle, NSW. The SASP Conference brought together more than 170 delegates who were keen to learn, share and explore ...… Read the rest of the article

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Think Outside The Safety Suggestion Box

by Dave Collins
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Think Outside The Safety Suggestion Box Overnight I had someone email me asking for a suitable sign to put on their safety suggestion box to encourage employees to contribute to their new initiative. My immediate response, sent without much thought and whilst still half asleep was “with respect, having a suggestion box is not a sign ...… Read the rest of the article

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Safety Week 2015

by Dave Collins
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Safety Week 2015 Having just gotten over National Safety Week in India, I received this email below, thank goodness we only have to do this safety stuff once/year. Visit the webpage for more info and have a read of some of the CEO quotes.Inspiring stuff hey? – “its the right thing to do” and "we take ...… Read the rest of the article

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Safety Aphorisms and Platitudes

by Dave Collins
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Safety Aphorisms and Platitudes Someone recently posted a photo of an old safety sign from NC Transport Museum on LinkedIn. Its a great find of an interesting artefact. I am not sure how old it is and it was probably considered to be amazingly insightful in its day. We often laugh at these very early and ...… Read the rest of the article

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Weasel Words in Safety

by George Robotham
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Weasel Words in Safety – Words that promise much but deliver little One of my favourites by the late George Robotham Those of you who read my posts will know I am a big critic of the long, ponderous written communications, that seems to infect the safety world. Given a choice many people take a least time ...… Read the rest of the article

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Perfectionism in Leadership Discourse Part 1

by Max Geyer
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I’m excited and honoured to present Max Geyer’s paper from the recent Psychology of Risk Conference held in Sydney.WARNING: the inbuilt message may disturb some people who are still holding onto the Zero Harm mantra.  For others it may provide some ammunition to help counter the binary argument “if you are not for Zero, then ...… Read the rest of the article

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