WARNING: This site contains traces of orthodox safety stuff which can adversely affect safety performance with overuse. We hope you can open your mind a just a little and spend some extra time discovering the more positive and effective people, safety and risk concepts that we much prefer sharing with you.

Worried about workplace injuries?

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 offering a free webinar to all of our clients and we’re delighted to be able to offer you a spot.  It’s called:

3 Secrets for Creating Attention Grabbing Safety Messages

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Absolute Error Prevention

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 is in fact dangerous. All risk and error is not bad. Again, the binary mindset that makes things black and white, distorts the thinking and language of safety people. For example, the binary thinking behind this question ‘how many people do you want to injure today?’ leads safety people to the absurdity of zero and a crazy ignorance of the psychology of goals. Let me give you some examples where error is not bad.

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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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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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Spud Head Safety Diagnostics

by Dr Rob Long Potato Head
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Spud Head Safety Diagnostics What is a Spud Head? FIND OUT HERE I was at a conference last week where people were presented with supposed diagnostics that could determine in someone was a risk taker. The general idea was to run people through the diagnostic tool, and weed out the risk takers. Or, use the […]

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Lets Try Sense Based Safety

by Phil LaDuke Phil LaDuke
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  Lets Try Sense Based Safety By Phil La Duke on his blog – READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE HERE Phil shares our same concerns over the proliferation of silver bullet, snake oil and the “next big thing” salesmen and reminds us of the 10 absolute truths about safety – GOLD! Extract: I belong to 50 […]

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Knowledge and Curriculum for Risk and Safety People

by Dr Rob Long Psychology of Safety and Risk
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Knowledge and Curriculum for Risk and Safety People Every time I am engaged by an organisation I conduct a survey (gap analysis and MiProfile), asking executives, safety people and managers to nominate the knowledge and skills they would like to develop. I have conducted this survey with more than 30,000 people over 10 years and […]

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Understanding Conscience and Safety

by Dr Rob Long Psychology of Safety and Risk
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Understanding Conscience and Safety Conscience refers to an unconscious sense of ethics, most often associated with intuition and implicit knowledge. One’s conscience refers to a way of ethical decision making associated with heuristics and emotional sensemaking. Conscience informs judgment and decision making but is not rationally driven, it is not something one controls rather, the […]

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Conscience Safety Dementia

by Dave Collins Safety Humor
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Something a little different by Mark Donnelly: Conscience Safety Dementia…Do you know anyone who suffers from CSD? By Dr. Icare Safefirst Not to be confused with Fallibility Disease (FD). Conscience Safety Dementia (CSD) is a broad category of a cognition disease that causes both short and long term loss of the ability to think and […]

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