Dave Collins

Coffee cup cartoonIf 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 ...… 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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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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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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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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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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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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Social Psychology of Risk Two Day Workshop

by Dave Collins
The Centre for Leadership and Learning in Risk (CLLR) logoSocial Psychology of Risk Two Day Workshop Griffith University Learning Lab in collaboration with the Safety Science Innovation Lab Presenter Dr Robert Long 10,11 April 2017 Dr Long is presenting a two day workshop on the Social Psychology of Risk in collaboration with the Safety Science Innovation Lab at Griffith University (https://www.griffith.edu.au/humanities-languages/safety-science-innovation-lab ). The two day workshop on 10,11 April ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Sadly, Some People Think That This Is Safety

by Dave Collins
Sadly, Some People Think That This Is Safety This is why most people just aren't that into safety anymore!   More Dumb Safety Videos: Dumb Ways To Drive Safety Video • SafetyRisk.net Nov 15, 2016 ... Dumb Ways To Drive Safety Video We've seen a spate of dumb safety videos and campaigns lately, like: ... https://safetyrisk.net/dumb-ways-to-drive-safety-video/ New Safety Video–Dumb Ways to Die ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Dolphyn Newsletter – March 2017

by Dave Collins
The Latest News from Dolphyn A New Focus on Return to Work A Humanising Approach to Injury Management & Return to Work Key Questions: Are you frustrated by the workers compensation system and looking for innovative and 'humanising' ways to navigate through it? Are you interested in ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Safety Leadership: Enabler, Excuse or Doing Harm?

by Dave Collins
Latest must read by WHS Lawyer Greg Smith – first published here Safety Leadership: Enabler, Excuse or Doing Harm? I do not think that there is any serious view suggesting that “leadership” is not an important, if not the most important driver of safety performance.  One of the main findings from a 2002 review of Safety Culture ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Deconstructing Risk – a Tract

by Dave Collins
"Deconstructing Risk" – Hope in a Risk Averse Society The latest project from Risk Intelligent - is now available and will soon be distributed among work sites, public transport routes, and conference centres nationally. DOWNLOAD IT HERE:  THE SEMIOTICS OF THE COVER: In a world of risk aversion, rationality, and objectivity, the human is a dangerous and unpredictable ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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ALARP, The Regulator and Alt-Facts

by Dave Collins
ALARP, The Regulator and Alt-Facts Post by Hayden Collins, First published here Don’t you just love ‘fact sheets’? Especially when they don’t contain ‘facts’. (Sound like something you may have heard recently?) I recently picked up a ‘fact sheet’ from the NSW Department of Industry on ‘Mine Safety’ that was packed with contradictions about the fundamentals of ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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New Free Video Release–ALARP

by Dave Collins
imageNew Free Video Release–ALARP Dr Rob Long has released a new video from the set from Risky Conversations, this time on the subject of ALARP. One of the fascinating points made by WHS Lawyer Greg Smith in the video is that the ideology of zero harm directly contradicts ALARP and hence the spirit of the law. There ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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New Video Explains Cognitive Dissonance and Safety

by Dave Collins
New Video Explains Cognitive Dissonance and Safety Rob has been requested a number of times to explain cognitive dissonance and so has made a brief video for this purpose: https://vimeo.com/202589604 You can also read a blog about cognitive dissonance here: https://safetyrisk.net/risk-and-safety-starts-with-being/ Cognitive Didssonance from Human Dymensions on Vimeo. ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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