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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 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! 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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The Human Safety Newsletter is Out

by Dave Collins Psychology of Safety and Risk
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Human Dymensions Newsletter 2014 Quarterly Newsletter If you are over boring safety newsletters about legislation updates, recent fines and the latest PPE flooding your inbox then here is a Safety Newsletter worth reading. You can subscribe here: http://www.humandymensions.com/mailing-list Human Dymensions Newsletter 2014 Quarterly Newsletter This Newsletter has come out early this quarter because of a hectic program for Human Dymensions in August and September. Read the whole article here

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People Power–Would The Safety Monster Approve of This?

by Dave Collins Accidents and Incidents
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People Power–Would The Safety Monster Approve of This? Stirling Station, Perth, Western Australia. A man boarding a train slips down the gap (right next to the warning sign!) and gets stuck. While authorities scratched their heads and worked out what to do, people power took over and rescued the man in minutes. Meanwhile….Hazardman was busy spotting slip and trip hazards and unable to respond in time. A Transperth Passenger Service Assistant (orange fluoro) was right on the spot and took Read the whole article here

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How to Improve Your Safety Inductions – Without Being a Spud Head

by Dr Rob Long Contractor Safety Management
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Comparing Potato Head and Spud Head Safety Inductions I continually get emails and calls about the dreadful state of inductions in various industries, despite the wealth of expertise about in instructional design and education. Unfortunately a Cert IV in training is not preparation for effective teaching and learning but pretty much a ticket to train. Training is not education and learning. It is simply amazing that the training sector ask fully qualified teachers with years of experience to Read the whole article here

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Release the Safety Monster and Wreck a Good TV Show

by Dr Rob Long Risk Aversion
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There are calls by the safety zealots to have TV DIY Shows ensure they set a good safety example (compliance is the most commonly used word) – Dr Rob Long responds: Release the Safety Monster and Wreck a Good TV Show I’m not much of a fan of reality TV shows especially the home renovation type or building programs but understand those who are. I guess it’s fun watching ordinary people turn trash into treasure and the voyeuristic stress that plays out between characters. Obviously this mode Read the whole article here

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Supernatural Safety

by Dr Rob Long Robert Long
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I recently enjoyed re-reading this 2 1/2 year old article by Dr Long and thought it very worthy of resurrection – some interesting comments!. Supernatural Safety Talking about the supernatural is not in vogue these days. The membership of the church is in rapid decline, there’s no longer ‘scripture’ in schools and the history of unethical behaviour by the clergy has put religion ‘on the nose’. So there’s not much talk of miracles, wonders, god, faith and the supernatural in society Read the whole article here

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Top 20 Safety Books

by Dr Rob Long Robert Long
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Top 20 Safety Books 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 checking boxes’. The last ten books I have bought with the word ‘safety’ in the title have simply been uninspiring. Many safety books claim to be about safety and culture and don’t even define terms, many claim to be innovative but just repeat the same old tired safety Read the whole article here

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