Mark Taylor

Groundhog Safety Day Everything we see, smell, hear, feel and taste leads our brains to think equal to everything familiar in our reality. Neuroscience theory tells us that our brains are organised to reflect everything we know in our environment, in the form of knowledge and experience. Our brains are equal to our past environment, a record ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Counter Intuitive Safety Introduction Neuroscience research has revealed that our brains account for approximately two percent of our body weight, but consume about fifteen percent of our cardiac output, twenty percent of our total body oxygen and approximately twenty-five percent of our blood sugar. They are built up of hundreds of billion cells and each cell is ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Under 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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Thanks to Mark Taylor from www.safetymatters.co.nz for sending these in. I haven't heard of a few of these but others I have found useful. We still need to realise that no tool is perfect or free of subjectivity and bias see:  When the Safety Tool Becomes the Method. Have you used any of these or ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Boxing-In Safety Can Be Dangerous When I was a young boy I remember my parents buying their first automatic washing machine which came in a large cardboard box. I watched them fill it with clothes, a magic white powder and revolve around for about two minutes before turning my attention to the box. Like most children growing ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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What Makes A Good Safety Leader? By Mark Taylor – see his previous very popular articles here Inspirational safety leaders are reflective and critical thinkers who are able to envision health and safety as a creative enterprise for social, cultural, and individual good, and not simply as a means to transmit knowledge, duplicate systems and reproduce traditional ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Is There Safety In Numbers?

by Mark Taylor
Is There Safety In Numbers? There seems obsession to measure health and safety at present and this often done through the use of so called lag or lead indicators. The majority of these include a number based system for monitoring ongoing performance. A few examples of these are included in the table ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Building High Performance Safety Cultures

by Mark Taylor
Building High Performance Safety Cultures (More than ‘the way we do things around here’) What is a Safety Culture? First published here: http://safetyma.myob.net/news/building-high-performance-safety-cultures/162354 If you ask most business leaders to describe their company’s safety culture, they will often say ‘ it’s the way we do things around here’. However, if you take a closer look at the words ‘the ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Charging into Mediocrity

by Mark Taylor
Charging into Mediocrity “Half a league, half a league. Half a league onwards” are words from the first line of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem about “The Charge of the Light Brigade”. The poem tells the story of a brigade of 600 men, who rode on horseback into the “valley of death” for half ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Creative Safety – How can I become more creative?

by Mark Taylor
Creative Safety - How can I become more creative? A common element of any safety system is to list and analyze hazards as part of a risk assessment process. But, when asked to think outside the square and come up with new actions to solve a problem, our brains go blank, get stuck in a rut ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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The Crazy Words of Health and Safety

by Mark Taylor
The Crazy Words of Health and Safety Mark Taylor recently started another very interesting discussion on the LinkedIn Forum OHS Professionals Australia: The Crazy Words of Health and Safety. Mark recently told me that he had purposely deleted all the stuff collected after 25 years in the Safety game in order to start again and get ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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