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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Zero Harm and A Peasant in 16th Century Europe

by Dave Collins
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Just came across this one from a few years ago, luvved it and felt it should get some more air. Zero Harm and a peasant in 16th century Europe Guest article by Paul Nieuwoudt Life today appears to hold some similarity to that of 16th century Europe. Europe in those days was largely dominated by […]

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THE PLAN – HOW SHIT HAPPENS

by Dave Collins
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There was a great comment recently made on this article (are-you-creating-an-obeyience-culture) about the problem of safety programs designed to satisfy the board or make it look like they are doing something  but really not being practical or effective when implemented and probably only perpetuating a culture of blame shifting, hiding incidents and fear. I thought this […]

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The Power of Pyramids

by Phil LaDuke
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The Power of Pyramids: How Using Outmoded Thinking about Hazards Can Be Deadly I really enjoyed this recent blog by Phil LaDuke. It’s understood by modern, thinking safety people that most injuries are not caused by unsafe acts and that reducing the frequency of injuries will not automatically reduce the severity of injuries. So, why […]

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Are You Creating an ‘Obeyience Culture’?

by Rob Sams
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Are You Creating an ‘Obeyience Culture’? When I started consulting in risk and safety, people would regularly contact me and ask “are we meeting our legal requirements?” or “are we doing all we need to do, ‘under the law’”. Consulting in risk and safety seems to attract these questions, and people expect that this is […]

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