Dr Rob Long

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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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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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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Understanding Due Diligence in Risk and Safety In order to understand Due Diligence it is sometimes helpful to understand its opposite, negligence. How does one demonstrate ‘Due Diligence’? How does one ‘exercise’ Due Diligence? What are these 6 steps outlined in the Act (WHS Act Part 2, Division 2.4, Section 27)? What is the ‘duty’ and ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Hazardman Disappears!! Safety is one of those activities that is excellent at addition but very poor at subtraction. As we most often see, even with the most obscene, unethical and dumb idea in safety (eg. Dumb Ways to Die - DWTD), are easy to bring in and impossible to take away. This is the nature of ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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The Mis-naming of Safety as a Profession It is fascinating to watch Safety struggle to identify itself as a ‘profession’. The quest for the brand and the repetition of the word ‘profession’ certainly doesn’t make it so (https://sia.org.au/). Even if some form of certification was developed in Australia for safety, it has a long way to ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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The Seduction of the Safety Adjective

by Dr Rob Long
The Seduction of the Safety Adjective It seems that Safety is obsessed with its own identity. It doesn’t matter where you turn there is a ‘safety’ something. It seems we now put the adjective in front of everything and thereby define life not by living but by safety. Safety then becomes the lens through which one ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Be Prepared for Risk

by Dr Rob Long
Be Prepared for Risk by Hayden Collins from http://www.riskintelligent.com.au/ I walked into McDonalds this week for a coffee and noticed that their latest placemat on their tray is a promotion for Scouts Australia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scouts_Australia ). As I looked at this promotion and its ‘frame’ of reference, I saw young people in the messy puddle of adventure, play ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Understanding The Social Psychology of Risk And Safety

by Dr Rob Long
Understanding The Social Psychology of Risk And Safety The article is a bit longer than usual and if you would prefer to download a copy for future reference then you can  DOWNLOAD HERE:  In response to a number of emails I have received and conversations I’ve been having (and sadly some very ignorant comments posted on LinkedIn) ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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It Takes Two to Tango–Reflections on Safe Behaviour

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It Takes Two to Tango – Reflections on Safe Behaviour It is rare that a book comes out in the risk and safety sector when I wish I had written under such an excellent title. Usually, risk and safety books carry titles about error, compliance and management but not this book by Michael Kruger. Kruger has ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Risk and Safety Starts with Being?

by Dr Rob Long
********If you are interested in knowing more about the Social Psychology of Risk then a one-off workshop is available this week in Sydney: http://cllr.com.au/product/an-introduction-to-the-social-psychology-of-risk-unit-1/****** Risk and Safety Starts with Being? The key to sensemaking is not the question why but the question who. The question why looks for reasons, the question what looks for objects, the question ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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To Err is Human, To Forgive Divine

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To Err is Human, To Forgive Divine The fixation of Safety with this little phrase and its misreading by the industry shows so clearly that the safety industry lacks the ability to think critically about error. A recent debate at an SIA conference (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnMLHjrSFJw ) illustrates what happens when the assumptions of safety are placed upon ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Safety Culture does Exist

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Safety Culture does Exist The safety industry was created by Acts of Parliament across Australia in the 1980s. In a very short time a safety industry developed with invested power and a range of characteristics that clearly demonstrate that the safety industry has a culture. Indeed, it would seem strange to describe any activity or cult ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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A Formula for Safety Culture Failure and Success

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Having many times, recently, been asked to define culture and risk, I figured all I need to do is to refer people to this cracker from the archives: A Formula for Safety Culture Failure and Success I find it fascinating to read many uses of the word ‘culture’ and ‘risk’ that have no complementary reference to people. ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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The Safety Spoilsport

by Dr Rob Long
The Safety Spoilsport One of the things we hated as kids was the ‘spoilsport’, the one who wouldn’t ‘play’ in the spirit of the game. Indeed, spoilsports were the ones who hated play full stop. Play is an essential part of learning. Play recognises the uncertain in learning and doesn’t stress about not knowing the outcome. Play ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Toward Zero, A Failed Goal

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Toward Zero, A Failed Goal Generally when people set goals that fail, they reassess their goal and reframe the goal and seek a goal that is achievable and sense-able. This is the logic of SMART goals (https://safetyrisk.net/understanding-safety-goals/, https://safetyrisk.net/a-better-safety-goal-than-zero-harm/, https://safetyrisk.net/zero-incident-goals-motivate-risk-taking/ ). Generally, people who set goals consider the psychological by-products of that goal, to make sure that ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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