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The Gemba Safety Walk – Is it a Silly Walk?

Tried and failed or just gotten a tad bored with Zero Harm, BBS and MBWA? It seems the latest silver bullet being peddled by a few Snake Oil Salesmen is the “Safety Gemba Walk”. I’ve only just discovered this trendy new safety concept and still trying to get my head around it so I would welcome the comments of anyone who has had some experience with it.

Gemba is a Japanese word (現場)  and by definition means “actual place”: In business, gemba refers to the place where value is created. In manufacturing the gemba is the factory floor. (Wikipedia). I understand that it has been part of the Lean Manufacturing concept for a while and may have included some aspects of safety in it. However it concerns me that safety people have desperately latched on to The “Lean Gemba Safety Walk” as a wonderful new standalone concept.

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Corks on the quills of an Echidna = Safe; Really?

 

I really enjoyed this post and the “points” by Max Geyer on his blog VIAMAX CONSULTING . Another example of over zealous zero harm style risk control creating a greater risk – how would the poor echidna defend itself from predators now?!!

I have noticed the advert that goes with the NSCA LinkedIn site indicating that we will make the world (at least Australia) a better place by covering the quills of an Echidna with corks.

So by changing the very nature of the beast and one of the key characteristics of the animal, which makes it relatively unique (my favourite little critter by the way) we have made the world safer – is that the message here?  We have to change the very nature of nature to make us safe?

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Most Dangerous 41/2 Acres in the World

by Dave Collins Dangerous Jobs
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Most Dangerous 41/2 Acres in the World Thanks to John Wettstein from :  safetystrategies.ca for sending this in. People who work on carriers spend much of their time on a flat deck that has been called “the most dangerous 41/2 acres in the world.” Here’s how on Navy veteran describes life on a carrier: Some […]

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3 Cool Notices I Noticed This Morning

by Dave Collins Safety Humour
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3 Cool Notices I Noticed This Morning Spotted these different but slightly refreshing signs on a trip to the “Sunshine” Coast this morning: Oh and I heard a few new puns: My friend has a Butler who only has left Arm – serves him right! I once dated a girl named Simile – Dunno why […]

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Why we make mistakes

by Dave Collins Incident Investigation
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Oops, I didn’t mean to do that – Why we make mistakes Fassinating artickle by Rob Sams (see his previus posts here). The first 3 people to email me and tell me why I chose this image for this article will win a free copy of Dr Rob Long’s latest book REAL RISK – Human […]

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Resilience and Safety

by Dave Collins Psychology of Safety and Risk
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Resilience and Safety Another inspiring article by Dr Rob Long from www.humandymensions.com I can highly recommend his latest book REAL RISK – Human Discerning and Risk The ability to adapt, ‘bounce back’, learn, cope and manage adversity is an essential attribute when we consider the nature of work and safety. We live in a world […]

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Perfectionism in Safety and the Denial of Humanity

by Dave Collins Construction Safety
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Perfectionism in Safety and the Denial of Humanity Article by Dr Rob Long from www.humandymensions.com in response to Safety Under Construction What a bizarre claim that someone can guarantee no accidents, no mistakes, no harm and that ‘100% zero harm is the irrefutable future coming towards the construction industry like a speeding train’. This is […]

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New Book–Safety Under Construction

by Dave Collins Construction Safety
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New Book – Safety Under Construction Disclaimer: This is an editorial, it is not an endorsement or advertisement and we do not gain any commercial benefit from the promotion or sale of these books. The publishers of this new Safety Book asked me if I could run an article for them, saying that their new […]

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Failed life-saving falls equipment

by Dave Collins Height Safety
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New revelations regarding failed life-saving falls equipment after last night’s ABC 7.30 Report Media Release In the wake of last night’s ABC 7.30 Report on falls from height, the Working At Heights Association has a warning: “If you’re counting on a harness attached to an anchor system to save your life when you fall from […]

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Obsession with health and safety is killing science

by Dave Collins Risk Aversion
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Obsession with health and safety is killing science, claims James Lovelock If you would like to read a positive story about Schools embracing Risk: www.safetyrisk.net/a-positive-story-about-embracing-risk/ Image and article Source The ‘religious’ obsession with health and safety is putting off a generation of children from science because they are banned from taking part in experiments, one of […]

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Dumb Ways to Discourse, a Failed Approach in Safety

by Dave Collins Psychology of Safety and Risk
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Dumb Ways to Discourse, a Failed Approach in Safety Guest post by Dr Rob Long from www.humandymensions.com Quote from the article: have a look at some very young children realistically mimicking the campaign (with over a million hits) and see if this doesn’t bother you particularly: a child about the age of 10 taking an […]

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New ISO 45001-OHS Management System

by Dave Collins Safety Standards
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New ISO 45001-OHS Management System Cip Corva had a discussion with me a few months ago about this concept and has now started a discussion on a LinkedIn Forum. See it here: SAFETY – Philosophy and Theory. To quote Kurt Lewin (1936) “There is nothing so practical as a good theory” A powerful yet, for […]

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Do you know how to sell safety?

by Dave Collins Safety Incentives
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Do you know how to sell safety? Great article recently Posted by Marie-Claire Ross from Digicast – Read the whole article here A few similar ones you might also relate to: Safety Professionals–The Piggy in The Middle? Safety Professionals – We Are Our Own Worst Enemies Risk Psychometrics, Spin and Snake Oil The Humble art […]

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‘False Consciousness’ and Perception in Risk and Safety

by Dave Collins Psychology of Safety and Risk
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Very thought provoking article by Dr Rob Long from Human Dymensions. To quote from the article: The idea that setting absolutist and perfectionist goals followed by punitive measures to achieve those goals, is a bankrupt model for motivation of risk and safety ownership. The model ignores hidden pressures that drive under reporting, totally misunderstands the […]

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Management Support Is Essential for Safety – But What Is It?

by Dave Collins Safety Professional
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Safety People continually harp on about the lack of management commitment and support being the major impediment to them being successful for their role but ask them exactly what they mean by that will usually elicit a blank stare. Often the frustration from not getting the support from management that we want is not due […]

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Some Mining Safety History

by Dave Collins Mining Safety
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Some Mining Safety History A story sent in by one of our readers: I thought this story should be shared in the ohs industry – just finished doing some dangerous goods work at a very large sewerage treatment plant and an Engineer who I knew from many years ago (when I was working in the […]

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Punography

by Dave Collins Safety Humour
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Punography Love a good pun – especially annoying my kids with them – they call them “Dad Jokes” – thanks to John Wettstein, from WSSI. WSSI Book: “Safety Strategies-Tips for Your Toolbox” HERE There was the person who sent ten puns to friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make […]

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Building and Facilities Management Safety

by Dave Collins Facilities Management
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Building and Facilities Management Safety Facilities Managers Guide to Workplace Safety 2014/15 – Released Pro-Visual Publishing is excited to announce a new addition to their comprehensive selection of workplace health and wellbeing safety guides. This year the much-awaited Facilities Managers Guide to Workplace Safety is released. This Guide is distributed free of charge to large […]

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A positive story about embracing risk

by Dave Collins Risk Aversion
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When one New Zealand school tossed its playground rules and let students risk injury, the results were surprising

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SAFETY & RISK LEADERSHIP MASTERCLASS

by Dave Collins Safety Training
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SAFETY & RISK LEADERSHIP MASTERCLASS Do you want to learn how to become a more effective supervisor or manager? Are you looking for practical and down to earth training that you can apply immediately in your workplace? Do you want to hear about how you can make sense of risk? ‘If we want to be […]

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