Safety Legislation

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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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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Risky Conversations, The Law, Social Psychology and Risk + Free, Must Watch Video New book by Dr Rob Long, Greg Smith and Craig Ashhurst It is with pleasure we can announce the publication of book 5 in the series on the Social Psychology of Risk - Risky Conversations, The Law, Social Psychology and Risk. The book is ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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A commentary by WHS Lawyer Greg Smith – first published here: https://mysafetythoughts.com/2016/10/29/welcome-to-the-intellectual-vacuum-that-is-political-comment-on-whs/ Welcome to the intellectual vacuum that is political comment on WHS Today (29 October 2016) the ABC had an article on the ongoing coverage (image source) of the tragic loss of lives at Dreamworld in Queensland. I have commented before about the disconnect between the loss ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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The is a lot of misunderstanding, misinformation and misinterpretation on what ALARP really means – this is one of the better explanations I have read. It is by WHS Lawyer Greg Smith and first published on his blog here: https://mysafetythoughts.com/2016/10/23/reflections-on-safety-reasonably-practicable/  Reflections on Safety: Reasonably Practicable In August 2016, I wrote a WHS Update about the High Court ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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WHS Lawyer Greg Smith, using a recent court decision, highlights the disparity between theory and reality and the fact that all your comprehensive paperwork may not CYA but create an illusion of safety rather than real evidence of it. This was first posted on Greg’s Blog “My Safety Thoughts” here: https://mysafetythoughts.com/2016/10/20/systems-as-imagined-v-systems-in-practice/ Systems as Imagined v Systems ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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The Last Stick Wasn’t Big Enough

by Dr Rob Long
The Last Stick Wasn’t Big Enough Article by Rob Long in response to a recent newspaper article about the need for more vigilance and compliance!!!! We hear a great deal in the safety industry about compliance and coercion but so little about creative solutions with a sense of imagination. Every time there is another event someone comes ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Does our World Need More ‘Lore’ and Less ‘Law’?

by Rob Sams
Does our World Need More ‘Lore’ and Less ‘Law’? First published here: http://dolphyn.com.au/world-need-lore-less-law/ I can personally and very highly recommend Rob's new book "Social Sensemaking" - I'm on my 3rd read! I was at a function recently where the customary ‘Welcome to Country’ (see a link HERE if you are not familiar with this custom) was conducted by ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Learning Design in Tackling Risk and Safety – Inductions

by Dr Rob Long
Learning Design in Tackling Risk and Safety - Inductions I have decided to release another video from the series Risky Conversations that was launched recently in Perth (https://safetyrisk.net/risky-conversations-book-launch-in-perth/) and released with the transcripts book in July 2016 (https://safetyrisk.net/risky-conversations-the-law-social-psychology-and-risk/ ). The fourth video that has been released publically from the series is the first of three discussions ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Lessons From Safety Prosecutions–Book Giveaway

by Dave Collins
Lessons From Safety Prosecutions–Book Giveaway Like a free copy of the Safety Myth busting book “Risky Conversations” plus access to some 20+ accompanying videos (these are awesome – see an example here)? WARNING: As it already has for so many others, it will completely change the way you think about Safety and the complex reality of ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Some Stuff on Risk and Safety Due Diligence

by Dave Collins
Some Stuff on Risk and Safety Due Diligence Recently, a client asked if I could come out to their site and “do a Due Diligence Audit”. I wasn't exactly sure what that might entail or what they wanted it to achieve and after half an hour of discussion it didn't seem like something they couldn't easily ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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$450,000: Is this what we want from prosecutions?

by Dave Collins
Great 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: “Risky Conversations, The Law, Social Psychology and Risk” – I’ve had a sneak preview and it is an absolute cracker! $450,000: Is this what we want from ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Post-EU Referendum – What Happens To Health & Safety Laws in UK?

by Dave Collins
Post-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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WHS Legislation is NOT about Safety it’s about Culture

by Max Geyer
WHS Legislation is NOT about Safety it’s about Culture. First published HERE I asked a couple of managers the other day what they thought the WHS legislation was about. You see, my client had asked me to make sure that their managers knew of their legal compliance obligations – a fairly typical request often from senior management. ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Tape Down Those Leads

by Dr Rob Long
Tape Down Those Leads One of the things that is curiously entertaining in safety is a lack of proportionality and critical thinking. I often present in facilities where arrangements have not been considered for how workshops are presented, including: lighting, power leads, power points, desks, tables and ventilation just to name a few factors. But one ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Safety Golden Rules, Leadership and Ethics

by Dave Collins
Safety Golden Rules, Leadership and Ethics We all know how massively complicated, confusing and unwieldy Safety Management Systems have become (see Measuring Safety, You’ve Got It All Wrong). Many companies (co-incidentally those who have created these convoluted behemoths of safety systems) have tried reduce the confusion and the new risk this has created by introducing “Golden ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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