Reflection Makes Sense

Reflection Makes Sense Organisations, despite their apparent preoccupation with facts, numbers, objectivity, concreteness, and accountability, are in fact saturated with subjectivity, abstraction, guesses, making do, invention and arbitrariness… just like the rest of us. (Weick 1969, p. 5) These are the words of Karl Weick who helps us understand ...… Read the rest of the article

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Dancing Traffic Light

Dancing Traffic Light A creative and effective safety idea sent in by John Wettstein from safetystrategies.ca who writes: Hi Dave; Some creative fun safety controls for risk management ... In a test which was done in Lisbon, Portugal see how the pedestrians actually wait for a green light to cross the ...… Read the rest of the article

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Military Metaphors in Safety

Military Metaphors in Safety Check out Rob’s new book: Following-Leading in Risk Weick (1979) tells us that organizing is ‘a consensually validated grammar for reducing equivocality by means of sensible interlocking behaviours’. Wow, what a definition and so much jammed into that definition. What it means is that humans ‘organize’ in order to ...… Read the rest of the article

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Inaugural Psychology of Risk Conference 2015

Inaugural Psychology of Risk Conference 2015 Set this one in your diary, there has been nothing like this conference before. ACU, Human Dymensions and the Centre for Leadership and Learning in Risk are sponsoring the first Psychology of Risk Conference in Australia. The conference will be held at The Australian Catholic University in North Sydney on ...… Read the rest of the article

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Exciting News and Give Aways From Human Dymensions

Exciting News and Give-Aways From Human Dymensions Final Newsletter for 2014 Well, this is the last newsletter for 2014 and is packed with research, news, fun, information and give-aways. In keeping with the theme of the new book this newsletter will take a focus on Following and Leading. Book Four Released - Purchase Now The fourth book in the ...… Read the rest of the article

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Where is the Value in Safety Day?

Where is the Value in Safety Day? Latest blog by Phil LaDuke who says: “The world loves a hypocrite, and for whatever reason, people tend to take a hard look at safety practitioners for any sign of hypocrisy”…... SEE THE ORIGINAL POST HERE Next week I will be conducting the activities surrounding ...… Read the rest of the article

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Shopping for Safety

Shopping for Safety The bell on the door buzzed as I entered the shop, a large emporium with worn cedar shelves signifying construction in the last century. I loved the smell of these old shops with dusty stock on the shelves that hadn’t moved for years, some with old price tags in pounds, shillings and pence. ...… Read the rest of the article

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Deadly Fishing Lures

Deadly Fishing Lures This article isn’t about SAFETY, unless you are a fish, in which case it’s about as close to 100% Harm as you can get. But it is an article about RISK, its about chucking it all in, taking a big risk and following your passion - and recognising those who do. I went to ...… Read the rest of the article

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The Expectation of Safety

The Expectation of Safety A thought provoking article by Phil LaDuke who says: “On one hand the only one who can keep us safe is ourselves and on the other hand where ever you are and whatever you're doing you are (often without realizing it) assuming things are safe with nothing more than faith to go ...… Read the rest of the article

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Dealing with Incidents

Dealing with Incidents Most approaches to incident investigation focus on technique and process. This is important, gathering facts and compiling important information is critical. However, what most approaches don't consider the range of biases that come with being human. In particular, it is crucial to understand and be mindful of hindsight bias. ...… Read the rest of the article

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Culture and Subculture, Which is Safety?

by Dr Rob Long
Culture and Subculture, Which is Safety?

Culture and Subculture, Which is Safety? The SIA BoK chapter on Organisational Culture came out this week. I read with interest that there was no intentional discussion of subcultures in the paper. Of course with so much sunk cost the club will surround the wagons and defend, that’s what it does. Inclusivity is not ...… Read the rest of the article

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Safety Potato in The US

by Dave Collins
Safety Potato in The US

Safety Potato in The US Our own Safety Potato (see Potato Head Risk and Safety) was the inspiration for a Potato Head safety initiative at printing company in Connecticut. They write: Hi, I was ‘volunteered’ and somehow became Lead of Safety here at Liturgical Publications. I have attached a picture of our ...… Read the rest of the article

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Communicating and Consulting About Risk

by Dave Collins
Communicating and Consulting About Risk

Communicating and Consulting About Risk In this next video from Gab and Rob's 'Conversation on the Couch' series, the guys talk through a little known book that accompanies the Risk Management Standard. It's called Communicating and Consulting About Risk, HB327. You can get a copy here  The book provides some good guidance ...… Read the rest of the article

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Nonsense Curves and Pyramids

by Dr Rob Long
Nonsense Curves and Pyramids

Nonsense Curves and Pyramids Safety likes nothing more than curves and pyramids, nothing so exciting as parading out the Bradley Curve or Heinrich’s Pyramid to get the troops excited about failure and loss. The Bradley Curve was created by DuPont in 1995 to try and benchmark notions of culture and performance in relationship ...… Read the rest of the article

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Hearing Voices

by Dr Rob Long
Hearing Voices

Hearing Voices In the midst of the busyness of work and life there is much to be said for the value of volunteering. Volunteering is a great way to learn about following and serving and especially helpful for executives who become absorbed in an alternate reality that says the stock market, KPIs and triple ...… Read the rest of the article

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It’s easy being wise after the event.

by Daniel Kirk
It’s easy being wise after the event.

It’s easy being wise after the event. A real story By Daniel Kirk – What happens when the “Safety Guy” is involved in an incident? We all now have the benefit of hindsight on this one  but I know Daniel would really appreciate your thoughts and advice – this could have happened to any ...… Read the rest of the article

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