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Weick’s theories of organisational sense making When I decided to create the post graduate program in the psychology of risk at ACU in 2011 (http://www.humandymensions.com/post-graduate-studies ), I knew that a study of Weick would be foundational. Weick is first introduced in Unit 1 of the Program but is later tackled fully in Unit 4.This is an ...… Read the rest of the article

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Building High Performance Safety Cultures (More than ‘the way we do things around here’) What is a Safety Culture? First published here: http://safetyma.myob.net/news/building-high-performance-safety-cultures/162354If you ask most business leaders to describe their company’s safety culture, they will often say ‘ it’s the way we do things around here’. However, if you take a closer look at the words ‘the ...… Read the rest of the article

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We need to make sure this can never happen again Can you picture this scenario? Manager: So Ben, I’ve just read through the incident report and I see you injured your back when you ran the forklift into the bollard. I need to ask you a few questions as we need to make sure this type of ...… Read the rest of the article

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Impacts of Cognitive Dissonance in the Workplace

by Goran Prvulovic
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Impacts of Cognitive Dissonance in the Workplace Theory of Cognitive Dissonance (CD) describes a condition of stress, or a feeling of internal discomfort caused by conflicting ideas, values, beliefs or practices. Essentially, this is a situation where two or more opposing thoughts are causing psychological discomfort. Humans have an inner drive to maintain harmony between attitudes, ...… Read the rest of the article

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Am I stupid? I didn’t think of that…

by Rob Sams
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Am I stupid? I didn’t think of that… I live in the Hunter Valley in NSW, which is on the east coast of Australia. This week we have been hit by what our local media are describing as a ‘super storm’. In the particular area where I live, we received over 400 millimetres (16 inches) of ...… Read the rest of the article

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Safety Doesn’t Need Military Language

by Dr Rob Long
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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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The Block isn’t portraying safety as it should be

by Safety Nerd
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I’m not a big fan of “The Block”, no real reasons, just over it. For drama and ratings they do some pretty cringe worthy things. One of those things is their approach to safety, they have certainly played on people’s current disdain for the word “safety” but have not done anything to improve that perception. ...… Read the rest of the article

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Organizational Behavior’s Link with Obesity

by Dave Collins
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Obesity, and other health related issues are a major and growing concern for employers and many don’t know how to deal with these concerns proactively and effectively. Obesity seems to be the elephant in the room (poor choice of words – sorry) in terms of risk and safety and hitherto mostly dealt with in relation ...… Read the rest of the article

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Heretical, Unorthodox and Sacrilegious Safety

by Dave Collins
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Heretical, Unorthodox and Sacrilegious Safety I was training with some people the other day and we had been going about 50 minutes when the GM sitting up the front asked ‘Isn’t this heretical stuff’? I replied ‘it would be if safety was a religion’. The next question soon came from an engineer up the back, ‘isn’t ...… Read the rest of the article

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The Fallible Factor and What to Do About It

by Dr Rob Long
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One of my favourites from the archives: The Fallible Factor and What to Do About It Being fallible doesn’t mean one is inevitably stupid, lazy, greedy or weak, there are as many advantages to being human and fallible as there are limitations. No one should want humans to be robotic - this would make us non-human. No ...… Read the rest of the article

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Social Psychology Applied to the Discernment of Risk

by Dave Collins
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Social Psychology Applied to the Discernment of Risk During April 2015, good mates and study buddies (and authors on this blog) Gab Carlton, Max Geyer, Rob Sams and James Ellis attended the Society of Australasian Social Psychologist (SASP) Conference held in Newcastle. While Rob Sams has provided his reflections on this conference, hearing from ...… Read the rest of the article

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Biases and Perceptions in Safety

by Dave Collins
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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?

by Dr Rob Long
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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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The Only Way To Do a Safety Audit Properly

by Dave Collins
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I wrote this one a while ago and it encouraged some great comments. I was reminded of it by a recent comment on another article so I thought I would dust it off and put it out there again.The Only Way To Do a Safety Audit Properly The term “safety audit” conjures up some pretty strong ...… Read the rest of the article

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