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once-upon-a-time_thumb.jpgA great, positive story by Drewie (Hard Hat Mentor) that will resonate with many, particularly FIFO workers. It’s a longer piece but well worth a read to the end where Drewie provides some awesome advice, from her own experience, on appreciating all the good people, moments and things in our lives in order to deal ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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tug-of-war_thumb.jpgFollowership & Leadership - Working together for organizational structure by Ben Armstrong The tipping point is upon us, I can only speak in regards the building and construction industry as to the changes in culture and how it’s going about achieving new goals and visions. People in positions of power (Managers v Leaders) are realising the need ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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chicken-little.jpgI really enjoyed this recent article by Ron Gantt (first published here). There are so many old parables like this one and The Emperor Has No Clothes that are very analogous to the traditional (and, in some cases, modern) safety management approach and, upon reflection, help to illustrate its associated shortcomings. Reframing our activities in ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Depositphotos_26309173_xs_thumb.jpgGreat article by Health and Safety Lawyer Greg Smith recently published here on his blog: My Safety Thoughts. Look out for Greg’s new book, co-authored with Dr Rob Long (due out in June): “Risky Conversations, The Law, Social Psychology and Risk” – I’ve had a sneak preview and it is an absolute cracker! $450,000: Is this ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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clip_image002.jpgDrewie's first, no punches pulled post. I’m really looking forward to what she will write next! I hope regular readers or anyone who relates to what she expresses here will welcome her and give her the positive encouragement that she needs and deserves. ENJOY: Hard Hat Mentor Intro Post Firstly may I start by saying I ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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clip_image002_thumb.jpgWorkshop - Introduction to the Social Psychology of Risk A new group started their journey in the Social Psychology of Risk studies in Sydney on 10-12 May at the Wayside Chapel in Kings Cross. Participants came from all over Australia, Malaysia and New Zealand and from a range of industries. The picture of the group was ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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FIFO Life Poem

by Drewie
clip_image002_thumb.jpg Introducing our latest Awesome Author  Dionne (Drewie) Drew – The "Hard Hat Mentor''. Drewie has spent over 25 years working FIFO swings and wrote this poem recently when social media comments on almost every forum were so toxic and mean during a time when the FIFO suicides were all over the news: “When the inquiry ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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You know you’ve been ‘on site’ for weeks (years) when…….

by Drewie
Cat-Hats_thumb.jpgYou know you've been 'on site' for weeks (years) when....... Really cool post by (Drewie) Dionne Drew - Client Relationship Manager. Senior Safety Coach. Leadership/Safety Performance Consultant. First published HERE on LinkedIn Change of pace for me here, keeping it light-hearted, though on re reading this post....perhaps not. I found myself at a hole in the wall one day ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Post-EU Referendum – What Happens To Health & Safety Laws in UK?

by Dave Collins
image.pngPost-EU Referendum - What Happens To Health & Safety Laws in UK? Guest Post by Bryan Richards that may be of interest to our EU readers with a link to a really neat interactive infographic – also checkout his blog: http://www.arinite.co.uk/bryans-blog/ The European Union has a strict framework of workplace health and safety regulations that apply to ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Too Sexy For Safety?

by Phil LaDuke
image_thumb.pngToo Sexy For Safety? Latest blog by Phil La Duke who says: “As thought leaders and journalists I'm curious on your opinion: Does Pamela Anderson's or Kaito Kaelin's notoriety mean that they are inappropriate spokesperson's for safety? Or can comedy infuse an otherwise boring safety event into something worthwhile? Should one's past mistakes be held against ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Confirmity in Conformity

by Dr Rob Long
cut fingerConfirmity in Conformity Safety is the industry of conformity. This is despite the fact that many of the things people believe they must conform with are mythical. In the very brief history of safety we now have the situation where the dominant Safety worldview is mechanistic, focused on - safety as harm from objects and risk ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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The Emperor has no Clothes – Beyond Behaviour-Based Safety

by Dave Collins
safety leadershipA great, resurrected article by Clive Lloyd who says: Almost two years since I shared this piece, and I'm quite heartened by how things have changed in the "safety" space during that time. A movement towards Care rather than compliance, and trust-building rather than fear-based approaches seems to be evident. Thanks to the pioneering work ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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The Safety Paperwork Myth

by Dave Collins
safety paperworkGreat article by Health and Safety Lawyer Greg Smith recent published here on his blog: My Safety Thoughts. Look out for Greg’s new book, co-authored with Dr Rob Long (due out in June): “Risky Conversations, The Law, Social Psychology and Risk” – I’ve had a sneak preview and it is an absolute cracker! An adequate system ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Lemmings for Lemmings in Leadership and Risk

by Dr Rob Long
image_thumb.png  The “Dancing Guy” video is a staple inclusion in many leadership training sessions and hailed by many as a great example of how easily 'leaders' can create a following .  Dr Rob Long reveals the  truth behind this video and how the dynamic of groupthink and  mindless conformity is not an example of a good ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Photos and Pictures of Unsafe Acts

by Dave Collins
imagePhotos and Pictures of Unsafe Acts We know how much you all like to look at pictures of unsafe acts and stupid safety photos (click here to find out why?) so we added another page of links to the best safety images sites on the net. IF YOU LOVE STUPID AND SILLY SAFETY SIGNS THEN PLEASE VISIT ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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A Wake Up Call For Safety Professionals

by Dave Collins
Tooma 2016A Couple of recent articles by Kevin Jones that are well worth a read Don’t kill anyone. Don’t seriously injure anyone. by Kevin Jones Michael Tooma (pictured right) has been a leading writer on occupational health and safety (OHS) law in Australia for some time.  He is one of the few labour lawyers who is not afraid ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Researchers Reveal the Top 10 Most Effective Safety Slogans Of All Time

by Dave Collins
image.pngResearchers Reveal the Top 10 Most Effective Safety Slogans Of All Time Using a new iphone app, a team of social psychology experts has analysed every meaningless aphorism and every condescending platitude ever displayed in the workplace to come up with a list of the most effective safety slogans of all time. Research project leader, Prof. Gerhardt ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Social Psychology of Risk – Body of Knowledge

by Dr Rob Long
clip_image004.pngSocial Psychology of Risk – Body of Knowledge   POSTER NEWS Since publishing the poster on the Social Psychology of Risk Body of Knowledge (http://www.safetyrisk.net/understanding-the-social-psychology-of-risk-and-safety/) I have had many requests to purchase a copy. (More will be given away in the next newsletter) The important distinction about representing a body of knowledge relationally (via concept map) is that it ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Under Par Safety

by Mark Taylor
slow-motion-practice_thumb.jpgUnder Par Safety Our brains are wired for inadvertence and laziness, not for attention and choice. So why do we force people to attend long winded safety meetings which bore people to death? Also, our brains are not designed to think in binary logic, so why have we created systems which force people to complete safety ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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The Power in Helping

by Rob Sams
Depositphotos_77653232_s-2015_thumb.jpgThe Power in Helping I wonder if one of the greatest privileges and opportunities we may have as a human being is to be either the recipient, or giver of, ‘help’. Being the recipient of help may be as simple as someone picking up something that we’ve dropped on the ground, through to being supported and ‘met’ ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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