Ten Cautions About Safety Checklists

Some great advice from Dr Rob Long from www.humandymensions.com.

See also: Making Objects Safe or People Safe (Dr Rob Long), Risk is About People, not just Objects (Rob Sams)

 

Ten Cautions About Safety Checklists

Whilst value of checklists is well documented by Gawande (The Checklist Manifesto) and others, there is rarely mention by proponents of the downside of checklists.



Here are ten quick considerations.

1. Checklists should be made ‘fit’ for humans not humans ‘fit’ for checklists.

2. Checklists are not an end in themselves, rather just another help for humans.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE



{ 4 comments }

Want to Make things Safer   Take More Risks

Many Safety People may feel confronted or uncomfortable with this notion given that they are mostly inherently risk averse. Recent Blog By Phil LaDuke highlights the need to embrace risk, benchmark, experiment and stop doing the same old, re-branded stuff in order to achieve improvement  – see it here: Want to Make things Safer? Take More Risks.

Want to Make things Safer? Take More Risks

By Phil LaDuke

I don’t write for a living; in fact, all the writing I do I do for free. That has more to do with me retaining my rights to the intellectual property than it is to with any sort of altruistic intent. I mention this, because after over 50 published articles and around 250 blog posts I have created the impression that I am primarily a writer; someone who watches the industry and spouts largely academic opinions about work that I don’t really do, that I somehow l lack standing.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

{ 0 comments }

Zero Harm Takes The Focus Off Risk Management

by Dave Collins Safety Leadership
pike river

Zero Harm Takes The Focus Off Risk Management The OHS Leaders Summit was held recently on the Gold Coast in QLD Australia. At the Summit, various OHS Leaders were asked to present their leadership insights, experiences, thoughts and challenges that the OHS industry is facing. The causes and outcomes of  The Pike River Tragedy in […]

READ MORE →

Safety Professionals Behaving Badly

by Dave Collins Safety Fails
safety fail

Safety “Professionals” Behaving Badly I’m currently getting sent all these photos and videos (i wont publish so as to protect the guilty)  of a couple of Safety Professionals from a mining contracting company who had to be rescued by a FEL from their overturned 4WD after trying to cross a flooded creek somewhere in the […]

READ MORE →

The Safety Checklist Manifested

by Dave Collins Safety Checklists
image_thumb.png

  Interesting article re the use of safety checklists by Tim Ludwig on his blog safety-doc.com – see it here The Checklist Manifested   Safety Checklists should be used with caution. In many of his ARTICLES, Dr Rob Long cautions against developing a checklist mentality – rather you should be focusing on people rather than […]

READ MORE →

Safety Sign of the Times

by Dave Collins Safety Signs
In case of fire

Safety Sign of the Times In Case of Fire Exit Building Before Tweeting About It!

READ MORE →

Do Scare Tactics Work?

by Dave Collins Gory Safety Videos
gory accident photo

Do Scare Tactics Work? We are sometimes tempted to try to shock and scare people into working more safely. The search term “gory accident photos” is one of the most popular search terms used to find this website (see them HERE if you must) . The question is: does it work? In this week’s post […]

READ MORE →

Semiotics, Semiology and Safety Sense

by Dave Collins Psychology of Safety and Risk
Depositphotos_2597171_xs_thumb.jpg

Semiotics, Semiology and Safety Sense Dr Rob Long from www.humandymensions.com talks about the power of symbols in response to this recent article See also Symbols Have Power When looking for a metaphor or icon to explain safety what do you think might be a thoughtful and intelligent choice for a safety organisation? The study of […]

READ MORE →

Worlds Largest Collection of Free Safety Stuff

by Dave Collins Free Safety Stuff
image_thumb.png

Worlds Largest Collection of Free Safety Stuff I used to call myself “The Robin Hood of Safety” when I first started this blog. I collected al the safety slogans, safety pictures, risk assessment forms and safety checklists I could find and stuck ‘em all in one place. It was a big hit with all the […]

READ MORE →

The Gemba Safety Walk

by Dave Collins Safety Communication
image_thumb.png

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 […]

READ MORE →

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

by Dave Collins Risk Aversion
image_thumb.png

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 […]

READ MORE →

Most Dangerous 41/2 Acres in the World

by Dave Collins Dangerous Jobs
Depositphotos_19945381_xs_thumb.jpg

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 […]

READ MORE →

3 Cool Notices I Noticed This Morning

by Dave Collins Safety Humour
photo-123456_thumb.jpg

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 […]

READ MORE →

Why we make mistakes

by Dave Collins Incident Investigation
Lady-gaga-meat-dress_thumb.jpg

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 […]

READ MORE →

Resilience and Safety

by Dave Collins Psychology of Safety and Risk
never-give-up1_thumb.jpg

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 […]

READ MORE →

Perfectionism in Safety and the Denial of Humanity

by Dave Collins Construction Safety
Depositphotos_31778903_xs_thumb.jpg

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 […]

READ MORE →

New Book–Safety Under Construction

by Dave Collins Construction Safety
SUC_front-cover-72dpi-3x5.jpg

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 […]

READ MORE →

Failed life-saving falls equipment

by Dave Collins Height Safety
image_thumb.png

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 […]

READ MORE →

Obsession with health and safety is killing science

by Dave Collins Risk Aversion
image_thumb.png

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 […]

READ MORE →

Dumb Ways to Discourse, a Failed Approach in Safety

by Dave Collins Psychology of Safety and Risk
image_thumb.png

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 […]

READ MORE →