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I’m just not that into safety anymore

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 control people so that they do not hurt themselves at work. These people have said to me, “we can’t let dangerous things go untouched”; “we can’t let people make choices that may lead to them being injured” and “doing everything that is reasonably practical means that we have to have systems, and people have to follow them”.

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Safety Should NOT Be About Safety


We recently asked “What is Safety”? and got quite a mixed response but I think this article by Dr Rob just about nails it! A free copy of Dr Long’s latest book: “Real Risk” to the best comment below and to the best caption for what Mrs Potato Head TM is saying.

Safety Should NOT Be About Safety

“if your world is just about safety, then your world is too small”

I often get called into organisations under some concern about safety, many see my work as something about ‘behaviors’ but that is not what I am on about. Some think my writing is about safety but its not, and some want me to give ‘fixit’ type stories and illustrations on how to improve safety at work, but I don’t. Can I just say this, if your world is just about safety, then your world is too small.

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Human Factors Factors

by Dr Rob Long Psychology of Safety and Risk
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Human Factors Factors Someone sent me an email today with an opportunity to present on ‘human factors’ and risk. Whilst I understand the ‘human factors’ approach I don’t think it understands the social psychology of risk. The term ‘human factors’ has a focus on humans as factors within a system, design or ergonomic framework. Human […]

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What is Safety?

by Dave Collins Safety
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What is Safety? The World’s Hardest Question? I’ve been asked to resurrect this article which did generate some interesting discussion a while back……..  This article provides probably the best answer: Safety should not be about Safety Someone asked me the other day: “What is Safety”? Damn good question…….They say it is critical for most people […]

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Worried about workplace injuries?

by Dave Collins Safety Training
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Worried about workplace injuries? Do you ever get stuck wondering what to say about safety, so that people find it interesting and then, take your message on board? Marie-Claire Ross is the author of Transform Your Safety Communication and she has lots of proven strategies on how to engage your workforce on safety. She is […]

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Absolute Error Prevention

by Dr Rob Long Risk Aversion
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Absolute Error Prevention Safety is so easy, it’s all about error prevention. Safety is so simple, it’s all about risk aversion. Whilst both of these statements appear to be true, both are wrong. Safety is not simple and is not just about error prevention or risk aversion. Indeed, binary thinking associated with both these propositions […]

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Worlds Largest Collection of Free Safety Stuff

by Dave Collins Safety
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Worlds Largest Collection of Free Safety Stuff I used to call myself “The Robin Hood of Safety” when I first started this blog. I collected al the safety slogans, safety pictures, risk assessment forms and safety checklists I could find and stuck ‘em all in one place. It was a big hit with all the […]

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Which is the better place to learn

by Dave Collins Risk Aversion
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Which is the better place to learn Ok, so which of the playgrounds below is more likely to entice kids away from their computer games and definitely more likely to encourage imagination, social interaction and risk appreciation?. Which kids will better prepared and safer when they find themselves the real world or at work? Thanks […]

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Out of your (Unconscious) Mind

by Rob Sams Psychology of Safety and Risk
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Out of your (Unconscious) Mind I recently wrote about the importance of educating the unconscious mind (Blog – Educating the Unconscious Mind), which is the ‘mind’ where most of our decisions and judgments are made. I’ve had some good discussions with people who read the article and wanted to know more about ‘thinking’ in the […]

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Is Complacency Evil?

by Dr Rob Long Psychology of Safety and Risk
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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 up […]

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Stuck with how to change safety behaviour?

by Dave Collins Safety Training

Stuck with how to change safety behaviour? If you’re tired of staff finding safety boring and not listening to safety messages, you’re going to love this FREE webinar. Marie-Claire Ross is the author of Transform Your Safety Communication and she has some really innovative methods to help companies avoid costly accidents by getting their workforce […]

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What is Psychosocial Safety

by Dr Rob Long Psychology of Safety and Risk
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What is Psychosocial Safety? Psychosocial safety is really not a new concept but has been around industry for some time. The beginnings of psychosocial safety are usually linked to Herbert W. Heinrich an insurance investigator in the 1930s and 1940s. Interest in psychosocial safety as a discipline grew out of the early work done by […]

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Understanding Psychological Terminology

by Dr Rob Long Psychology of Safety and Risk
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Understanding Psychological Terminology and Applying it to Safety and Risk. All professions (intentionally and unintentionally) create language, acronyms and discourse that create territory and challenges for understanding. This is why we sometimes have trouble understanding a doctor who is trying to explain what is wrong with our own body. We didn’t do the 12 years […]

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Do you educate or just provide training?

by Rob Sams Rob Sams
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Do you educate or just provide training? “You know around here, training isn’t just about being in a classroom, we educate people, and help them learn. It’s important that our team understand ‘stuff’, we don’t just train them. We get to know people and understand how they learn best, because if we want to make […]

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Risk Free Perfection

by Dave Collins Risk Aversion
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Risk Free Perfection Something all good safety people are striving for right? Then please watch this brilliantly uplifting video by Nike showing the dangers of applying risk free perfection to Soccer! This has really scary ramifications for any attempt to create zero harm in the workplace by way of turning workers into clones – all […]

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More Dumb Ways to Suicide

by Dr Rob Long Robert Long
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More Dumb Ways to Suicide We learnt this morning that the San Francisco Golden Gate bridge district’s board of directors voted unanimously in favour of the funding for a steel suicide net, which includes $20 million in bridge toll revenue. READ MORE Brilliant, and just like Melbourne Metro perhaps they can follow this with a […]

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Toilet Safety

by Dave Collins Construction Safety
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Toilet Safety I’m amazed at the reaction that Gabrielle’s recent article: Where to put the Portaloo is a Hazard has received. As per usual the Safety Spud Heads have missed the point and started debating about OSHA washroom regulations and having more comprehensive checklists. The Safety Potato Heads get and appreciate the point she is […]

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Where To Put the Port-a-loo is a Hazard!

by Gabrielle Carlton Gabrielle Carlton
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Where To Put the Port-a-loo is a Hazard! I was on a worksite last year and came across this port-a-loo! Nothing too unusual or out of place considering it was a construction site. This toilet was put in this position as an afterthought. They had erected the office area with male toilets out the back […]

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Potato Heads Make Great Safety Advisors

by Dr Rob Long Potato Head
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Potato Heads Make Great Safety Advisors www.safetypotato.com A potato head is able to switch body parts and take on a different persona. Each character a potato head takes on is both genuine and different; to some degree all people are potato heads. One of the lessons we learn from social psychology is that social arrangements […]

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Potato Head Risk and Safety

by Dr Rob Long Potato Head
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Potato Head Risk and Safety www.safetypotato.com The purpose of this article is to introduce you to ‘potato heads’ and ‘spud heads’ in risk and safety. Before we get too deep into this risk and safety potato heads it might be useful to introduce some potato head background. Mr Potato Head (first called ‘funny face man’) […]

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