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incongruence.jpgIncommensurability and Discourse in Risk One of the most important concepts discussed by Feyerbend, Laktos, MacIntyre and Kuhn is that of incommensurability. Incommensurability refers to incongruence and misunderstanding between linguistic structures. What this means is that disciplines are limited in what can be understood outside of their own discipline. One’s language limits one’s understanding and one’s ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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image_thumb.pngLatest Air New Zealand Safety Video – Hollywood You have to hand it to Air New Zealand and their big budget, in-flight safety videos. Yeah I kinda like the new video but, like a lot of the safety campaigns we have seen elsewhere lately (Hazardman, Dumb Ways to Die), when advertising agencies take over Safety we ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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image.pngPokémon Go – Safety Tips and Resources I recently spent 5 days in hospital and pretty much oblivious to what was going on in the outside world – I came out and heard about the Nice truck incident, the shooting of Police in Denver and, noticed a lot more people walking around staring at their smart ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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image.pngThe Pain of Reporting…article by Paul Nieuwoudt (first published here: http://leadership-observer.com/index.php/blog/where-is-safety-leadership-headed) – raises some interesting questions about our current approach to our safety management and incident reporting systems. More of Paul’s articles: Imperfections and Humble Enquiry – A Great Team Zero Harm and A Peasant in 16th Century Europe Another side to the story The Illusion Of Opposites ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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image.pngHealth and safety assurance A couple of recent articles on Health and Safety Assurance from Greg Smith’s Blog My Safety Thoughts – Greg is a WHS Lawyer and co-author of Risky Conversations, The Law, Social Psychology and Risk and his blog makes for easy yet very informative reading. How do you know if the health and safety ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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image_thumb.png Risky Conversations, The Law, Social Psychology and Risk New book by Dr Rob Long, Greg Smith and Craig Ashhurst It is with pleasure we can announce the publication of book 5 in the series on the Social Psychology of Risk - Risky Conversations, The Law, Social Psychology and Risk. The book is the result of three days ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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The Regression of Safety and the Dangers of Hypercompliance

by Dave Collins
image.pngThe Regression of Safety and the Dangers of Hypercompliance – Essential reading Click on the image to download the entire article Thanks to Alan Quilley for sharing this significant piece by Judith Erickson and Dave Rebbit, which makes for “Mandatory Reading”, on his Safety Results blog. Alan says: “This is the single most important article for everyone involved ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Isn’t it Time We Reformed the WHS Curriculum?

by Dave Collins
Graduate - Confused by Career ChoicesIsn’t it Time We Reformed the WHS Curriculum? Dr Robert Long - Executive Director - Centre for Leadership and Learning in Risk Executive Summary This paper argues the case for reformation of the WHS curriculum in Australia. It proposes that safety cannot be done ‘differently’ without such a reformation. The paper describes the nature of the overt curricula ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Due Diligence Is Not Just Ticking Boxes!

by Max Geyer
image.pngDue Diligence Is Not Just Ticking Boxes! We hear people saying (and rightly so) that we have to demonstrate due diligence. But when we hear this we are usually drawn to a six point checklist, which someone has extrapolated from The Act, and we hear them say that by checking off the points on this list ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Anchoring, Framing and Priming Risk

by Dr Rob Long
zero-anchor_thumb.jpgAnchoring, Framing and Priming Risk One of the foundations of communicating to the unconscious through semiotics is understanding how words, language, signs, symbols and discourse ‘prime’, ‘frame’ and ‘anchor’ at an unconscious level. Every communication operates at a number of levels and it is most often the ‘hidden’ message that is the most powerful. This is ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Bring Your Child To Work Day

by James Parkinson
child-at-work_thumb.jpgBring Your Child To Work Day Over 20 years ago an organization in the U.S started encouraging employees and employers to have a designated take your child to work day. At some places the practice has taken hold, at others it hasn't. It's truly a novel idea and one we can utilize to work safer. The suggestion ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Why Personify Safety?

by Dr Rob Long
personify-safety.jpgWhy Personify Safety? I spoke at a conference last week and had the unfortunate experience of following a presentation by a regulator. When will safety people get sick and tired of being bombarded with statistics, injury rates, graphs and charts? I have no idea why safety people would want to hear such stuff. I couldn’t think ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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What many know to be true yet do not speak of it….

by Drewie
truth_thumb.jpgWhat many know to be true yet do not speak of it…. By Drewie – Hard Hat Mentor The title says it all so I am just going to launch straight into it: There are many people out there who have no doubt witnessed some of the following scenarios on site. If we see these often enough they ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Imperfections and Humble Enquiry – A Great Team

by Dave Collins
imperfections_thumb.jpgImperfections and Humble Enquiry – A Great Team Another great article by Paul Nieuwoudt,  Author of:  Zero Harm and a Peasant in 16th Century Europe ,  Another side to the story and The Illusion Of Opposites – read more great articles like this on his blog www.leadership-observer.com Forms pervade our lives … whether in business or privately. If, ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Psychology Of Risk Workshop–Perth

by Dave Collins
image.pngPsychology Of Risk Workshop – Perth Dr Robert Long Presents - Social Psychology of Risk Workshop When? 9, 10, 11th  August 2016 8am to 4pm each day Where? The Tradewinds Hotel, 59 Canning Highway, East Fremantle, WA 6158 >>>>>> Download the program flyer   About the Workshop: Dr Long and associates provide an engaging and interactive hands-on workshop with challenging new ideas about the ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Root Cause Analysis–The Most Damaging Thing For Safety

by Dave Collins
seek investigationsRoot Cause Analysis – The Most Damaging Thing For Safety To quote Greg Smith (WHS Lawyer) from the video below and from the must read book Risky Conversations, The Law, Social Psychology and Risk: “……..in my view, the notion of root cause and root cause analysis has done more to damage our understanding of safety management than ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Vale Geoff McDonald

by Dave Collins
Geoff-McDonald_thumb.jpgLong time readers of this blog will fondly remember the work of George Robotham who passed away suddenly in 2013, leaving behind an incredible legacy. Many of George’s articles (like this one) mention the extraordinary work of Geoff McDonald – George’s friend and mentor. Sadly, Geoff passed away last week after a long illness. This ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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The Social Psychology of Risk and Semiotics Workshop

by Dave Collins
image_thumb.pngThe Social Psychology of Risk and Semiotics - Three Day Workshop 6,7,8th September 2016 LIONS Youth haven - Canberra Overview The study of semiotics is foundational to the Social Psychology of Risk. Semiotics is the study of signs, symbols, signifiers, what is signified and significance. A sign or symbol is anything that can stand for something else. Semiotics works ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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The Latest News from Dolphyn–July 2016

by Rob Sams
image.pngThe Latest News from Dolphyn – July 2016 Our First Book - Social Sensemaking Over the past 12 months, Robert Sams along with many of Dolphyn's 'Community of Practice', have been working on Rob's first book. The book is called Social Sensemaking ; a reflective journal, how we make sense of risk. The book, written by Rob, and ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Dumber Ways To Promote Safety

by Dave Whitefield
image_thumb.pngDumber Ways To Promote Safety Metro Los Angeles have just released a collection of short videos aimed at improving safety around their rail network. They are being likened to the Victorian Metro’s “Dumb Ways to Die” campaign in the way they are using a combination of comedy and severity to get attention and change behaviour. See ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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