Social Media and Safety

by Dr Rob Long
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Social Media and Safety and, Safety in Social Media There is no doubt that social media has changed the way we live, relationships, communication, politics and worldview. Hoffer (1951) The True Believer; Ellul, (1973) Propaganda; Sunstein (2006) Infotopia; Kirkpatrick (2010) The Facebook Effect ; Turkle (2011) Alone Together and Keen (2007, 2012) The Cult of […]

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‘Measuring’ does things to people…. (and what to do about it)

by Rob Sams
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‘Measuring’ does things to people…. (and what to do about it) It has become fashionable for organisations to use positive or leading indicators as a way to ‘measure’ their risk and safety ‘performance’. Leaders in some organisations have proudly told me how they are ‘progressive’, ‘generative’ and ‘world class’ because they focus on leading indictors […]

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History and Hindsight in Safety

by Dr Rob Long
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History and Hindsight in Safety In this post I wish to continue the discussion about significance through a discussion of history. It was Weick who said: ‘I don’t know what I believe until I see what I do’. In other words, everything we ‘know’ is retrospective. Humans have unlimited hindsight but limited foresight. This is […]

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Safety is an Art

by Dr Rob Long
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Safety is an Art Safety has much more to do with Art, History and Philosophy than it has to do with Science, Engineering and Law. I recently wrote The Target Drives the Method about the subjectivity of determining ‘significance’ that is a precursor to this discussion. Despite the perception that so many in safety believe […]

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Complexity and safety

by George Robotham
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Complexity and Safety Popular discussion topic at the moment – republished guest post by the late George Robotham Introduction Early in my safety career it became obvious to me that safety is about the people and not about the things and artefacts. It is not about the safety management systems, safety management plans, risk assessments, […]

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What Makes a Safety Management System Fly

by George Robotham
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What Makes a Safety Management System Fly Had quite a bit of interest recently in this article – one of the most popular articles written by the late, great George Robotham – download his free E-Books HERE Original published by the American Society of Safety Engineers, International Safety Best-Practice Specialty Newsletter, Spring 2002,Vol.1, No.3, incorporated […]

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Most Dangerous 4 1/2 Acres in the World

by Dave Collins
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Most Dangerous 4 1/2 Acres in the World Source: Karl E. Weick and Karlene H. Roberts, “Collective Mind in Organizations: Heedful Interrelating on Flight Decks,” Administrative Science Quarterly 3 (1993): 357. DOWNLOAD IT HERE Ya gotta watch the video below – turn it up LOUD – then go back to work and think whether people […]

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What is Critical Listening when Dealing with Risk?

by Gabrielle Carlton
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What is Critical Listening when Dealing with Risk? I was walking on a worksite the other day and engaged in a conversation with a worker. I asked how he was going. He explained that he was extremely busy, needed to get something done quite urgently and his co-worker was off sick. This raised some concern for […]

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Gab and Rob–One Brain, Three Minds

by Rob Sams
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Gab and Rob Talking Risk – One Brain, Three Minds In this video, we introduce a model developed by Dr Robert Long from Human Dymensions called One Brain, Three Minds. This model helps explain how we make decisions using both the conscious and non-conscious parts of our brain. This video is a little longer than […]

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The Manual Handling Secret

by Dr Rob Long
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The Manual Handling Secret One of the great challenges of safety is effective manual handling. One in three of all injuries in the Australian workplace are due to manual handling issues. For years we have been developing programs, codes of practice and regulations to help minimize this problem – but little did I realize we […]

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Don’t Just Sit There–Do Something

by Dave Collins
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Don’t Just Sit There – Do Something Although sitting seems to be a natural and comfortable thing to do, our bodies just aren’t designed to do it as much as we do and we do it more these days than ever before. I’ve read a number of articles recently that alluded to sitting down being […]

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Second Group Completes Graduate Certificate in Psychology of Risk

by Dr Rob Long
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Second Group Completes Graduate Certificate in Psychology of Risk This week the second student group completed the Graduate Certificate in the Psychology of Risk at ACU. The Graduate Certificate comprises four units: · An Introduction to the Social Psychology of Risk · Leadership and Risk · Understanding the Unconscious and Risk · The Social Psychology […]

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More on 10 Sure Fire Ways To Stuff Up a Safety Management System

by George Robotham
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10 Sure Fire Ways To Stuff Up a Safety Management System- Expanded version Article by the late George Robotham GET GEORGE’S FREE SAFETY MANAGEMENT E-BOOK HERE When the original paper was published there was a reader request to expand on the brief points made. This paper is my response to that request. The paper What […]

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What in the (Risk & Safety) World is Imagination?

by Gabrielle Carlton
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What in the (Risk & Safety) World is Imagination? "On a day like today, when there are very little clouds in the sky, and the grass is long, don’t you think it would be a great day for some handstands in that long, long grass? Well, Jimmy did." (Toby CVB, 9 years old) Children don’t […]

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Does or Should Sex Sell Safety?

by Dave Collins
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Does or Should Sex Sell Safety? (Or encourage people to read a blog article?) Certainly most agree that safety messages can be monotonous, boring and unappealing hence largely ignored, despite their important content (or otherwise). Airlines such as Virgin and Air New Zealand have made several entertaining attempts, using sex, music and bright lights to […]

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Top 20 Safety Books

by Dr Rob Long
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Top 20 Safety Books Amazon.com Widgets Click on the images to buy these books on Amazon People in risk and safety often write and ask what I recommend they read. Surprisingly many in safety tell me they don’t read and I have one mate tells me he has no time to read, he’s ‘too busy […]

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When the Target Drives the Method

by Dr Rob Long
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When the Target Drives the Method I was in a group at a conference recently where the presenter paraded out statistics on injury rates. We were shown graphs, charts and symbols all paraded in trends and patterns. Then right at the end the presenter said: ‘and this is why we are all motivated for safety’. […]

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Reverse Engineering Safety Offerings

by Phil LaDuke
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Reverse Engineering Safety Offerings By Phil La Duke – see the whole article here Extracts: I don’t have all the answers; not about safety and not about anything else. Furthermore, as much as it may seem to the contrary, I don’t even THINK that I have all the answers, but there are people in the […]

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Predictably Arational, Safety as a Superstition

by Dr Rob Long
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Predictably Arational, Safety as a Superstition One of the most annoying things about Daniel Ariely’s book Predictably Irrational is that it allows risk and safety people to dismiss aspects of human decision making as stupid when they are not. The framing of the word ‘irrational’ is simply unhelpful. The hidden forces that govern our decisions […]

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Disruptive Safety

by Dave Collins

Disruptive Safety Very interesting article and points raised by Kelvin Genn  on the Safety Differently Blog READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE HERE  Some Extracts:   Recently I was studying Google’s management philosophy where I was struck by one of their principles: “make mistakes well”. On initial presentation, this would seem to be counter intuitive, yet it […]

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