SEEK INVESTIGATION TRAINING – Perth 3-5th May The next SEEK training is in Perth on 3-5 May at the Tradewinds Hotel Fremantle. (http://cllr.com.au/product/seek-the-social-psyvhology-of-event-investigations-unit-2/). This is a great opportunity for people in the West to experience a new and holistic way of investigating. The SEEK Program doesn’t propose that old models be abandoned but rather builds on current ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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The Role of Safety Advisor in Organisations – Essential Reading Whilst everyone wants to do ‘safety differently’, it is not likely that reform will come within. The paradigm of safety with its primary focus on measurement actually mitigates any hope of innovation, creativity or critical thinking. If safety is now the official ‘counting house’ it is ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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If You Would Like To Keep Getting Blog Updates Over 40,000 have subscribed to our twice weekly newsletter, sadly only a small percentage are concerned about making a real difference in the workplace and actually read the updates to discover new ways to think about safety and risk …….. the rest just miss out and keep ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Pascal’s Wager and Sacred Safety Pascal's Wager in the 1640s (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pascal's_Wager) sets out the fundamental idea of the Precautionary Principle (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Precautionary_principle ). The Precautionary Principle errs on the side of least loss, regardless of belief. So, in any situation of risk (any gamble) eg. Climate Change, one looses least by not taking the risk that Climate ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Griffith University Learning Lab and The Centre for Leadership and Learning In Risk Present – Two Day Social Psychology of Risk Workshop 10th and 11th April 2017 Only two weeks till the first Introductory Workshop in the Social Psychology of Risk to be held at Griffith University Safety Science Learning Lab. The guest presenter is Dr Robert ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Despite all the latest trendy spin about safety disruption the language in this paper was considered to be too “inflammatory” for publication in a mainstream traditional Safety Journal (download it and you will see why) – so it gives me great pleasure to publish it here. Updated March 2017, from the Author:  "I have updated ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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WHS Reporting and Due Diligence: Some practical thoughts

by Dave Collins
By Greg Smith, WHS Lawyer. First published here Quote from the article: If two people die in an electrical incident at your workplace, nobody cares what your last safety culture survey reveals. You need to demonstrate how the risk of electrocution was managed in your organisation, and whether it was managed effectively. No one cares what ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Systems Serve Humans not Humans Serve Systems

by Dr Rob Long
Systems Serve Humans not Humans Serve Systems There is nothing wrong with having systems or checklists, nor technology to assist such (see “Who Said We Don’t Need Systems”). However, when those systems and checklists become an ‘end’ in themselves they take on a ‘force’ and ‘energy’ of their own. When systems become ‘ends’ in themselves we ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Measuring and Reporting on Work Health & Safety

by Dave Collins
Greg, the author of this article (first published here), certainly does upset some safety people on Linkedin! He makes an excellent point here – you may get 97%, a big tick or a star for having a plethora of JHAs (or SWMS, JSAs, SOPs etc), another for them being extremely comprehensive and a few more ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Self incrimination in internal investigations: Is this really a thing?

by Dave Collins
Latest blog post by WHS Lawyer Greg Smith and co-author of Risky Conversations, The Law, Social Psychology and Risk. Greg addresses an interesting conundrum that many of us may have encountered in our careers – our US readers may refer to it as “Pleading the 5th”. This article was first published here on My Safety ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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15 Safety Precautions When Working With Electricity

by Dave Collins
15 Safety Precautions Electricians and Home Owners Need To Take When Working With Electricity I found this in my roof today – could have been quite shocking!!   Click HERE for Electrical Equipment Risk Assessment Forms and Checklists It’s vitally important to take safety precautions when working with electricity. Safety must not be compromised and some ground rules need ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Sensible risk management

by Dave Collins
Sensible risk management It is refreshing to see this statement from the UK Health and Safety Executive which attempts to define the principles of what Safety and Risk Management is and is not: (see it published here: http://www.hse.gov.uk/risk/principles.htm but please read it carefully!) So why is there such a disparity between the principles of the Regulator and ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Abduction in Risk and Safety

by Dr Rob Long
Abduction in Risk and Safety We all should know about induction and deduction but what do we know about abduction? Safety has a long tradition of deduction (not always that good), some reasonable history in induction (albeit, the wrong rite of passage to the wrong mentalitie) and virtually no one in safety speaks of abduction (the ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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‘Wrestling in the Mud’

by Rob Sams
‘Wrestling in the Mud’ First published here: http://dolphyn.com.au/wrestling-in-the-mud/  He began crying without notice, it took me by surprise. We were in our late teens and just finished cricket practice. Following our usual routine, we stuck around for an extra ½ hour, just the two of us, as best mates do. As soon as we finished he broke down. ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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The Anxiety of Safety

by Dave Collins
The Anxiety of Safety Guest Post By Nicole Barrett  - First published here For over 15 years I’ve been on projects designed to assess and improve culture. I’ve collated data from over 6000 surveys, 700 interviews and 100’s of focus groups in the energy, construction, aviation and oil and gas industries as well as local and state ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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The Pub with no Beer (Due to Health and Safety Reasons)

by Dave Collins
The Pub with no Beer (Due to Health and Safety Reasons) Anyone else sick of being told they can’t do something “due to health and safety reasons”? Latest by Hayden Collins from https://www.riskintelligent.com.au/ I was at the local pub with a mate recently and stopped to check out the entry to the beer cellar - with its rusted ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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