I’m biased, but that’s ok!

by Rob Sams

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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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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Worker Injuries May Take Years to Become a Fatality

by Phil LaDuke

Worker Injuries May Take Years to Become a Fatality By Phil LaDuke on his blog. READ THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE. Phil says: Yesterday the workplace killed another one of my loved ones. I honestly don’t have the energy to promote this one, but as you each have in your own way been such a part […]

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Some Basics on Social Psychology & Risk

by Rob Sams
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Some Basics on Social Psychology & Risk I’ve been on a cracker of a journey for about two years now since I discovered social psychology and all that it brings to the area of risk and safety. I’ve discovered how much I don’t know, how much I thought I knew but didn’t, and most wonderfully, […]

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Sesame Street Safety

by Dr Rob Long
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Sesame Street Safety Sesame Street was first broadcast in 1969, a TV show aimed to help preschool children prepare for schooling, particularly in literacy and numeracy. As I presented to safety advisors this week at a conference I was stunned that no one in the room (all highly experienced safety people) knew of or had […]

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Zero Accident PPE

by Dave Collins
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Zero Accident PPE I apologise if this offends anybody but I was doing some serious research on the positive benefits of using ZERO for Heath, Safety and accident prevention when…….um, this is what came up! So if you are spruiking about the value of zero and accident prevention and PPE this may very well be […]

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It’s Knowing ‘Y’ That Matters

by Rob Sams
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It’s Knowing ‘Y’ That Matters Dolphyn recently launched our new brand and website (www.dolphyn.com.au). This involved a change not only to our name, but also the focus of what we do, which is supporting people and organisations to better understand and deal with risk. We do this by developing and implementing programs where participants learn […]

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Zero Plus Infinity Times 10 = ?

by Dave Collins
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Zero Plus Infinity Times 10 = ? Following Dr Rob Long’s recent article Semiotics and Safety about the mindless gobbledygook that is terms like “Beyond Zero” and “Target Zero”, and the negative subconscious meanings they prime, a very despondent safety person sent us this photo. Is it any wonder many are saying – I‘m Just […]

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Book Review – For the Love of Zero

by Dave Collins
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Book Review: For the Love of Zero – Human Fallibility and Risk Author: Dr Robert Long  ISBN: 978-0-646-58765-3 by Martin Ralph In May of this year I was fortunate enough to chair, and present a keynote address to the Safety in Psychology conference in Sydney. This was potentially a tough assignment – IFAP is not […]

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The Problem with Safety

by Phil LaDuke

The Problem with Safety Part of the latest no punches pulled article by Phil La Duke – READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE HERE Excerpt: Last week’s post that asked why Heinrich’s Pyramid was so popular across all industry segments despite being largely discredited by many in the safety industry angered up some of your blood. I […]

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Semiotics and Safety

by Dr Rob Long
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Semiotics and Safety I read with interest a conference proposed for November 2014 entitled ‘Beyond Zero Harm, Human Factors Safety’. The subtitle of the conference is ‘Humanising impacts in safety operations to reengineer safety approach for enhanced productivity and business profitability’. Oh dear. Whilst I am sure such people as John Green will promote some […]

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How does collective mindfulness apply to workers compensation?

by James Ellis
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How does collective mindfulness apply to workers compensation? How do our expectations get us into trouble? Oh, and what is the meaning of life? I’m not so sure which I enjoy most anymore, being right or being wrong? My family, who are accustomed to my insatiable appetite for being right are (I expect) rolling on […]

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Zero Harm – Just Say No!

by Dave Collins
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Zero Harm – Just Say No! Just discovered this absolute gem of an article by Dave Whitefield and first published in February 2012 in the Australian Mine Safety Journal – read the whole article here. Many of you have told me that you sometimes find the social psychology related discussions about zero harm a little […]

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