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The Zero Harm Ethos Guest post by Peter Ribbe I have long been involved with safety; as such my aim is the prevention of workers harming themselves, with emphasis on the word aim. Unfortunately it does not always work out, having an aim or goal, is a healthy aspiration in any ...… Read the rest of the article

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When working in remote areas gets ugly Originally published by Sarah Jane here: http://www.riskologyconsulting.com.au Working in remote areas can be lonely at times, but a lot can happen, when you’re alone in a tin box with four wheels under you travelling at over 100km per hour, in the blink of an eye. If you have employees driving long ...… Read the rest of the article

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Third Group Commences the Graduate Program in The Psychology of Risk This week sees the commencement of the third group of people going through the Graduate Program in the Psychology of Risk at ACU. The program continues to blossom and attract a significant diversity of people across a range of industries including: Health, Finance, Enterprise Risk, ...… Read the rest of the article

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Focus on ‘Meeting’ people, not legislation – a path to risk maturity

by Rob Sams
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Focus on ‘Meeting’ people, not legislation – a path to risk maturity ‘Due Diligence’ seems a buzz term in health and safety in Australia at the moment. I’ve heard many refer to ‘due diligence’ and it’s six steps, as the answer to what we have long been searching in health and safety. Many believe that it ...… Read the rest of the article

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Understanding How People Make Decisions and Judgments

by Rob Sams
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Understanding How People Make Decisions and Judgments Robert Sams presented at the 2015 National Workers Compensation Summit in Melbourne NSW on 25 February. In the midst of presentations that mainly focused on numbers, graphs and data, most of which were about how to ‘control’ workers compensation (including people, organisations and stake holders), Rob’s presentation focused on better ...… Read the rest of the article

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Safe Work Australia Continues to Perpetuate Safety Mythology

by Dr Rob Long
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Safe Work Australia Continues to Perpetuate Safety Mythology In December 2014 Safe Work Australia published Work Health and Safety Perceptions: Construction Industry. Despite the intentions of the report yet again Safe Work Australia continues to perpetuate safety mythology just as it does by endorsing such nonsense as Hazardman. On page 6 of the ...… Read the rest of the article

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We Need To Get Out of The Business Of Blame and Shame

by Phil LaDuke
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We Need To Get Out of The Business Of Blame and Shame   Latest article By Phil La Duke on his blog https://philladuke.wordpress.com/ Phil says: While there are variations on the behavioral theme, most approaches to safety still directly or indirectly result in blaming someone. It's unproductive and shuts down meaningful research and discovery. In this week's post ...… Read the rest of the article

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Hind-sight, Risk Savvy and the Unexpected

by Max Geyer
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Hind-sight, Risk Savvy and the Unexpected People often talk about the “benefit of hind-sight”; but does hind-sight prepare us to manage the unexpected? Hind-sight – it is a good thing right? It helps us make sense of the world right? It sometimes gives us the courage to continue right? These things are ...… Read the rest of the article

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Upside Down Safety and Red Pen Safety Non-Leadership

by Dr Rob Long
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Upside Down Safety and Red Pen Safety Non-Leadership This in an older article by Dr Rob Long, I recently published it on LinkedIn Pulse and its proven to be very popular so worthy of resurrection again here: A friend of mine who is the same age as I and who I have coached in safety and risk ...… Read the rest of the article

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Autopilot, Habit, Perception and Risk

by Dr Rob Long
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Another thought provoking article by Dr Robert Long. I highly recommend his other Articles HERE and his new book: For The Love of Zero   How many have driven home on automatic, not even remembering much of the trip until they park in the driveway? Autopilot, Habit, Perception and Risk Humans are creatures of habit. We habituate things so ...… Read the rest of the article

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The Problem with Zero Harm

by Dr Rob Long
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The Problem with Zero Harm This short video discusses one of the many arguments against the zero harm concept, zero language and discourse. The language of zero as an absolute and the framing of risk and safety in perfectionism is deeply problematic for establishing a culture of openness, reporting, respect, relationship, trust and learning. The focus ...… Read the rest of the article

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All Injuries are Preventable and Other Silly Safety Sayings

by Dr Rob Long
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quotable quote: “The use of silly and meaningless safety language matters, it creates a distraction and delusion that safety and risk are being addressed. We may feel good about speaking such words but they dumb down culture and distract people from taking safety seriously”. All Injuries are Preventable and Other Silly Safety Sayings All injuries are ...… Read the rest of the article

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Is Safety the Empire of Non-Sense?

by Dr Rob Long
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Is Safety the Empire of Non-Sense? They say that the repetition of something makes people confirm that it is true. Is the case with safety discourse? As this blog site looks at the power and rule of the empire of non-sense we might ask, what is ‘the force’? More and more I observe the perpetuation of nonsense ...… Read the rest of the article

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Organisational Situational Awareness

by Goran Prvulovic
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Organisational Situational Awareness By Goran Prvulovic, MOccHlth&Saf The concept of situational awareness (SA) is not a new one. It is often talked about in management circles and is extensively covered in OHS literature, especially in relation to an individual’s ability to understand the work environment elements in a particular time frame, evaluate a range of factors and use the ...… Read the rest of the article

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Kinesthetic Safety

by Dr Rob Long
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Kinesthetic Safety There are some dangerous mantras in safety none more so than ‘if it feels wrong don’t do it’. Mantras are a form of language like slogans that tend to influence as accepted ‘common’ rules. All language and symbols have a powerful effect and ought not be underestimated. As Jung once stated: ‘everything has significance’. Those ...… Read the rest of the article

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All You Love is Need

by Dr Rob Long
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Happy Valentines Day! A timely post by Dr Rob Long All You Love is Need This is the title of the Tony Walter’s book on the challenges of materialism, which of course has an interesting reverse play on words from the Beatles classic hit ‘All You Need is Love’. Walter’s book highlights the nature of necessity, needs ...… Read the rest of the article

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Safety, Risk and Art

by Dave Collins
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Safety, Risk and Art My younger sister is an extremely talented artist, as well as being the owner of a successful graphic design company and mother to two of the cutest kids you will meet. She is currently working on a new header for this blog and I cant wait to see it. For a few ...… Read the rest of the article

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Free Ebook–Risk Unplugged

by Peter Ribbe
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Free Ebook – Risk Unplugged Latest Ebook by Peter Ribbe (see the series of Ebooks by Peter here) Authors Note* This booklet is not about Risk Management or Hazard Analysis, it is written in order to describe what RISK really is, and the types of people that it affects. One of the growing areas of focus in risk ...… Read the rest of the article

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What Happens when Safety is a ‘Battle’?

by Rob Sams
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What Happens when Safety is a ‘Battle’? I appreciate the feedback, thoughts and ideas that people share about my Blogs, it helps me learn. One of the articles that sparked much attention over the past 12 months asked Are you a Safety Crusader or a Safety Leader? For some, this article resonated well as they understood that ...… Read the rest of the article

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