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THE PLAN   HOW SHIT HAPPENS 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 little poem, published years ago, portrays that notion perfectly and should be resurrected (I have it on my office wall :-) Read the whole article here

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The Power of Pyramids 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 do people still vehemently defend this 80 year old premise? Phil discusses why we still hold Heinrich’s work so dearly, why it is so dangerous to do so and what Read the whole article here

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Are You Creating an ‘Obeyience Culture’? 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 an area I am interested in. After all, if you’re into safety, you must be focused on legislation, right? When an organisation focuses only on legislation and Read the whole article here

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A New Safety And Risk Forum

by Dave Collins Communication and Consultation
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A New Safety And Risk Forum Inspired by all the new people and there positive comments on our articles and uninspired by LinkedIn and other industry forums of late, I’ve decided to create and trial a new Safety and Risk Forum. I see this as a great way to share info, ask questions and have your say without going to the trouble of writing an article or finding one to comment on. For now, there will be no strict rules or taboos or risk averse moderation as I believe that we are all intelligent Read the whole article here

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The Zero Hero is Here to Save The Day!

by Gabrielle Carlton Gabrielle Carlton
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Dr Rob Long’s recent article Forecasting Safety resulted in some great debate both here and on other forums. In this article Gabrielle discusses the language of zero and how it may have the exact opposite affect to what was maybe well intended. The people who take the time to read and have the courage to comment and ask questions on these articles are making a valuable contribution to learning and should be applauded. The Zero Hero is Here to Save The Day! Language is extremely powerful. Read the whole article here

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Forecasting Safety

by Dr Rob Long Psychology of Safety and Risk
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Forecasting Safety Here’s the challenge for anyone who holds to the mantra ‘all accidents are preventable’. Ask them to predict how long it will be in their organisation or any organisation for that matter, that they will be harm free. Hopefully they will go to their injury data and based on the history of injury at their organisation make a prediction to match. Unfortunately, injury data provides no information about safety culture or predictability, but that’s what traditional safety Read the whole article here

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Safety and Risk Leadership Master Class

by Dave Collins Psychology of Safety and Risk
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Safety and Risk Leadership Master Class Important message from Rob Sams from Dolphyn about his upcoming program Hi Everyone, I thought I’d let you know about a great leadership program that I’m running in Newcastle over three days starting next month. The attached brochure has the full details. Venue will be Fort Scratchley and the three days are 22 & 23 Sept followed by the final day on 21 October.  If you are interested in attending please give me a call or drop me a line: robert@dolphinsafetysolutions.com Read the whole article here

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Its all About Behaviours

by Dr Rob Long Psychology of Safety and Risk
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Its all About Behaviours I’d like a dollar for every time I get asked if do programs on ‘behaviours’. Oh, doesn’t safety love behaviours. I often get asked this question by people who want to control the behaviour of others. It is amazing how attractive behaviourism is to the safety industry. ‘Forget this psychology stuff’, they say, ‘I need measurable behaviours’. This is usually followed by some pithy saying like: ‘you can’t manage what you can’t measure’. How strange, because the most important Read the whole article here

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The Different Levels of Wrongness!

by Gabrielle Carlton Gabrielle Carlton
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The Different Levels of Wrongness! Mahiedine Mehkissi-Benabbad thought he was winning a 3,000m steeplechase at the European athletics championships but instead he was slugged with a red card and stripped of his gold for taking his shirt off! Mahiedine at first was given a yellow card as a warning but a protest ensued and the red card was then issued. http://bit.ly/VsRsD7 Why you might ask? He contravened rule 143.8 of the International Association of Athletics Federations, “bibs Read the whole article here

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How Can I Get the Boss to Listen?

by Sheri Suckling Communication and Consultation
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Introducing our newest Awesome Author, Sheri Suckling. Sheri provides some practical advice on the most common Safety Practitioner excuse – ENJOY! How Can I Get the Boss to Listen? By Sheri Suckling I often hear safety practitioners complaining that the boss just doesn’t seem to listen. But maybe it’s NOT really that the boss doesn’t WANT to listen or isn’t interested. Maybe it’s HOW we approach the boss with our ideas and proposals; maybe we just haven’t caught their attention Read the whole article here

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Paper tigers

by Dave Collins Safety systems
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Paper tigers Interesting post by John Green  on the Safety Differently Blog. As the late great George Robotham said in Bureaucracy and Paperwork in OHS : “I believe bureaucracy and paperwork is strangling innovation and progress in OHS. Overly complex systems are being used and people give up because it is too much like hard work.” People often blame the regulator for the current state of systems and paperwork whereas often its more a problem of how they are interpreted – if someone Read the whole article here

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Sayings, Slogans, Aphorisms and the Discourse of Simple

by Dr Rob Long Psychology of Safety and Risk
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Sayings, Slogans, Aphorisms and the Discourse of Simple One of the most annoying things about social media, especially Linkedin (as its intention is to be professional), is the constant flooding of the airwaves with the quest to be simple. The most recent was this: Whilst I understand the quest to keep life simple, the denial of complexity creates a range of by-products and trade offs that have a troubling trajectory. The worst aspect of this constant repetition of pithy meaninglessness Read the whole article here

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Is Choice The First Casualty in the Worker’s Compensation War?

by James Ellis Psychology of Safety and Risk
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Introducing our latest awesome Author: James Ellis from The Framework Group Is Choice The First Casualty in the Worker’s Compensation War? Every day we make decisions based on insufficient information, informed by our biases and shortcuts, which ironically, we’re also ignorant to. Even in the google and wikipedia enhanced era of information technology, oversimplification constantly tempts us. I spend most of my time guiding people through the workers compensation maze, and I’ve noticed that Read the whole article here

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Take Safety Seriously

by Dr Rob Long Psychology of Safety and Risk
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Take Safety Seriously This is the edict of the Queensland Resource Council on 13 August 2014, ‘take safety concerns seriously’. The assumption of course is that workers don’t take safety seriously, what an amazing assumption. What else, when ones reality is dictated by injury data. When the data is low we take safety seriously, when the data is high the industry has slipped into complacency. What a shame injury data is not a measure of culture. So, workers want to hurt themselves each Read the whole article here

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We are in Control and Other Such Delusions!

by Gabrielle Carlton Gabrielle Carlton
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We are in Control and Other Such Delusions! It was sad to hear about the death of the genius man, Robin Williams. It was even sadder to hear the reason why. This is a man many of us have followed, watched, laughed with, cried with and grown up with. For some it hit hard. It was very unexpected! How do we manage the unexpected? For me Robin Williams’ life is an analogy for the fragility of life. It leaves us wondering why with no answers. Yet we still go on believing that we are in control. Read the whole article here

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Some Bull$%@t Happening Somewhere

by Dave Collins Communication and Consultation
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Some Bull$%@t Happening Somewhere – WARNING: Colourful Language Very funny video just shared on the Safety Leadership Facebook page. Does this remind you of any recent safety presentations or inductions you have experienced. Important to remember that, even when delivered with the best intent, our words may be interpreted or perceived very differently. When we hear ‘spin’ or aspirational goal talk from leaders and safety people we hear what they want us to hear, but most of us know Read the whole article here

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Culture To Go – Delivering Results Now!

by Rob Sams Rob Sams
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An informed culture learns by means of ongoing debate and constantly shifting discrepancies – Karl E. Weick (2007) Culture to go…… Delivering results now! Organisations interested in cultural change need to think about, and understand their existing culture, then work hard over time to move toward a culture that they desire. Organisations can easily be seduced into ‘change programs’ that promise a lot in a short period of time, but fail to deliver because the organisation and its leaders Read the whole article here

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10 Fun Facts–Cognitive Bias

by Dave Collins Workplace Safety
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10 Fun Facts–Cognitive Bias This is brilliant! Thanks to Rob Long // < ![CDATA[ (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); // ]]>   If you enjoyed that little game then try this one – Amazing!!! CLICK HERE TO START                   Read the whole article here

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Safety – Learning by Doing and Learning by Theory

by Dr Rob Long Potato Head
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Safety – Learning by Doing and Learning by Theory I get amazed at the number of times I read safety people parading ‘dumb down’ as a badge of honour. This constant envy (or whatever) of academic learning versus practical learning seems more accentuated in the safety industry than any other I have encountered. There is no hierarchy of learning (apologies to Bloom) and it makes no sense to denigrate any mode of learning as better or less than the other. I received a letter this week from a safety Read the whole article here

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