Safety Legislation

Behind Every Safety Rule Is A Story (usually only 1) A friend of mine recently organised a holiday apartment through Airbnb. They sent him a short list of house rules and the last one was: “Please be considerate and only use oil based lubricant” – I immediately started to imagine what had happened for that rule ...… Discover more >>>>>


Latest blog posts by WHS Lawyer Greg Smith and co-author of Risky Conversations, The Law, Social Psychology and Risk. When does a principal “engage” a contractor and other observations Article first published HERE On 27 March 2017 the NSW District Court handed down a decision in Safe Work (NSW) v Activate Fire Pty Ltd; Safe Work (NSW) v ...… Discover more >>>>>

{ 1 comment }

The Unintended Consequences of Safety Regulation First published 2013 and republished by request There is currently a lot of debate, confusion and frustration around the over regulation of safety and focus on administrative controls. Read the Regulators websites and it is obvious they had the best intentions. BUT, the resulting cultural change they were hoping for is ...… Discover more >>>>>


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 ...… Discover more >>>>>


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 ...… Discover more >>>>>


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 ...… Discover more >>>>>


A commentary by WHS Lawyer Greg Smith – first published here: 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 ...… Discover more >>>>>


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:  Reflections on Safety: Reasonably Practicable In August 2016, I wrote a WHS Update about the High Court ...… Discover more >>>>>