Reverse Engineering Safety Offerings

by Phil LaDuke
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Reverse Engineering Safety Offerings By Phil La Duke – see the whole article here Extracts: I don’t have all the answers; not about safety and not about anything else. Furthermore, as much as it may seem to the contrary, I don’t even THINK that I have all the answers, but there are people in the […]

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Predictably Arational, Safety as a Superstition

by Dr Rob Long
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Predictably Arational, Safety as a Superstition One of the most annoying things about Daniel Ariely’s book Predictably Irrational is that it allows risk and safety people to dismiss aspects of human decision making as stupid when they are not. The framing of the word ‘irrational’ is simply unhelpful. The hidden forces that govern our decisions […]

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Disruptive Safety

by Dave Collins

Disruptive Safety Very interesting article and points raised by Kelvin Genn  on the Safety Differently Blog READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE HERE  Some Extracts:   Recently I was studying Google’s management philosophy where I was struck by one of their principles: “make mistakes well”. On initial presentation, this would seem to be counter intuitive, yet it […]

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A Bloody Hand Rail

by Dr Rob Long
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A Bloody Hand Rail It doesn’t matter where in the world you go there is always a safety crusader who doesn’t understand what safety is about. The safety crusader is so fixated on petty objects they don’t even realise that there are people in the world. I had a classic example this week when presenting […]

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Gab & Rob Talking Risk – Humble Inquiry

by Dave Collins
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Gab & Rob Talking Risk – Humble Inquiry Gab & Rob are often asked to share more about how they go about things when supporting people and organisations to deal with risk. People ask for practical tips and ideas for how they can become better communicators in risk and safety. In this series of ‘Gab […]

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Cautions in eLearning Safety

by Dr Rob Long
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I have long been concerned about the warm fuzzy feeling employers get from providing online, generic safety inductions, particularly for contractors who are then let loose in the workplace. Another great article from Dr Robert Long If you loved this article then you should read the whole series: CLICK HERE Cautions in eLearning Safety How […]

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WWPD (What Would Phil Do)?

by Phil LaDuke
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WWPD (What Would Phil Do)?   Latest Blog By Phil La Duke – see the original post here One glance at that title and it would seem I am back in my full arrogant splendor, but I hope you will reserve judgment until you’ve read my explanation. After last week’s post, in addition to the […]

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Making a Difference in Safety

by Dave Collins
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Making a Difference in Safety By Shayne Connolly – one of our new Awesome Authors If you are like me you started in safety because you liked talking to people, you felt like you could help people understand but most of all you thought you could make a difference. Seven years now in a variety […]

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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 Guest Post 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 […]

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Safety Gets Even Dumber

by Dave Collins
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Safety Gets Even Dumber This has to be the dumbest and most condescending safety initiative I’ve seen since Dumb Ways to Die and Hazardman. So all “workers” are robotic clones and there are are only 2 kinds – “Risk Avoiders” and “Unsafe Risk Takers” (USRT’s). Apparently USRT existence has baffled scientists for years. They are […]

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I’m biased, but that’s ok!

by Rob Sams
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I’m biased, but that’s ok! I am about to do something significant in my life and I want to manage risk and reduce it to as low as reasonably practical. This is an important decision that ill impact the rest of my life. I want to make sure I do everything I can so things […]

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Safety Lessons From Animals

by George Robotham
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And now here’s something we hope you’ll really like……. Safety Lessons From Animals A classic by the late George Robotham  Introduction Dealing with animals has a lot of lessons for dealing with people. A lot of the things that are asked of people in safety are simply hard work; you should not be surprised when […]

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Following-Leading In Risk

by Dave Collins
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Following-Leading In Risk – Book Launch Its just been announced that Dr Rob Long will be launching his latest book: Following-Leading in Risk: Friday 21st November Australian Catholic University L18, 8-20 Napier Street, NORTH SYDNEY 3 to 5pm with Drinks and Nibbles provided RSVP: BRAD MARKHAM:  Brad.Markham@acu.edu.au

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Dumb Down Safety, Wowserism in the 21st Century

by Dr Rob Long
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Dumb Down Safety, Wowserism in the 21st Century Despite the backlash against ‘elf ‘n safety’ in both the UK and Australia (eg. Brown and Hanlon In The Interests of Safety; Tim Gill , No Fear  and Long, Risk Makes Sense  the Victorian regulator continues to show just why people hate safety. Safety has become the […]

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Gab & Rob Talking Risk

by Dave Collins
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Gab & Rob Talking Risk Two of our cool authors Gab Carlton from Resilyence and Rob Sams from Dolphyn have put their heads together and started their own series of short video blogs to go along with their regular articles. Gab & Rob are part of the gang who are doing the post graduate program […]

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Safety Under Stress

by Dr Rob Long
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Safety Under Stress Stress is a part of living, the pressure of being a fallible being in a complex world is stressful, but is stress bad? In what ways are humans stressed and how does this affect the discerning of risk and safety? There are four kinds of stress and each affects humans socially, psychologically, […]

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Framing Folly and Fantasy in Safety

by Dr Rob Long
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Framing Folly and Fantasy in Safety Research by published in the Orthomolecular Psychiatry Journal shows that humans can be primed by colour. Advertisers and political strategists know that colours can ‘frame’ the way people receive a message. The choice of a red or blue tie is most important for a politician. Research by Schauss demonstrates […]

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What is a Safety and Risk ‘Thinking Group’?

by Rob Sams
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What is a Safety and Risk ‘Thinking Group’? When we take time out to critically think through, and challenge, the ‘norm’ in risk and safety, we open up our eyes, and importantly our minds, to new thinking and innovation when we use our imagination to better discern risk In my last post Some Basics on […]

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Scenario Learning in Risk and Safety

by Dr Rob Long
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Scenario Learning in Risk and Safety One of the best ways of learning safety is through scenarios. Scenarios are constructed to either replicate real situations to maximize perception of recognizable cues or, to enhance the imagination of possibilities. One of the greatest capabilities a safety person can have is a creative imagination. Most times when […]

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Injury Response

by Dr Rob Long
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Injury Response I’ve had several conversations with safety people about response to events and incidents on site. One mate on a tier 1 site explains the Safety Advisor role as simply ‘demoralising’. So I thought I would try to mimic the typical safety spud head response to an incident. (Spud walks in the door) Bill: Hey Spud, where […]

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