Safety systems

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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A Great Comparison of Risk and Safety Schools of Thought If you are struggling to get your head around the Social Psychology of Risk and Safety or wondering why your compliance, BBS or zero harm based programs are having the opposite effect from what your intended then here is a really useful comparison tool by Dr ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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LTIFROne thing normalized in the culture of safety is the delusional idea that ‘attributed’ measures like LTIFR actually have meaning… 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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Are we victims of our own safety systems? Guest post Health and safety is perceived by lots of people as a boring subject, but who is primarily responsible for that...who wrote the procedures? Lots of personality and behaviour profiling studies have revealed that the majority of safety professionals fit into Keirseys' Guardian temperament which comprises supervisors, inspectors, ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Anchoring, Framing and Priming Risk One of the foundations of communicating to the unconscious through semiotics is understanding how words, language, signs, symbols and discourse ‘prime’, ‘frame’ and ‘anchor’ at an unconscious level. Every communication operates at a number of levels and it is most often the ‘hidden’ message that is the most powerful. This is ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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How to Handle Safety System Paradoxes

by Dave Collins
Just found this hidden gem by Wade Needham here on LinkedIn How to Handle Safety System Paradoxes As you get promoted it's easier to take control, to control more of your world they said, well, ‘they’ were wrong. The easy answer to a complex or wicked problem is almost always wrong, if not lacking. I had a very ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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The Sky Is Falling!!

by Dave Collins
I really enjoyed this recent article by Ron Gantt (first published here). There are so many old parables like this one and The Emperor Has No Clothes that are very analogous to the traditional (and, in some cases, modern) safety management approach and, upon reflection, help to illustrate its associated shortcomings. Reframing our activities in ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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The Safety Paperwork Myth

by Dave Collins
safety paperworkGreat article by Health and Safety Lawyer Greg Smith recent published here on his blog: My Safety Thoughts. Look out for Greg’s new book, co-authored with Dr Rob Long (due out in June): “Risky Conversations, The Law, Social Psychology and Risk” – I’ve had a sneak preview and it is an absolute cracker! An adequate system ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Construction workers safer when they ditch the manual: study

by Dave Collins
Depositphotos_1035309_s-2015Construction workers safer when they ditch the manual: study We all know (or suspect) that safety manuals really aren’t designed for ease of worker use and effectiveness but rather to comply with legislation, to pass audits and win tenders – the very cynical may use terms like “Cover Your Arse”. They are written by “experts” and ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Do we really need “One More” safety brand?

by Max Geyer
Do we really need “One More” safety brand? I have just been reading an article by Kevin Jones of a “new model” of safety that the consulting firm Ernst & Young are about to launch onto the safety world. The value of this new approach, which they have termed “Plus One”, is that it apparently takes ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Why Is The Hierarchy Of Control So Ineffective?

by Dave Collins
Why Is The Hierarchy Of Control So Ineffective Time to commit ‘Safety Sacrilege’! Where would Safety be without it’s Sexy Curves and Pyramids? See also: Risk and Safety Matrices and the Psychology of Colour For most, safety is about controlling hazards and the tool of choice is the Hierarchy of Control (HOC). It is enshrined in safety legislation, ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Measurement in Safety, You’ve Got it All Wrong

by Dr Rob Long
Measurement in Safety, You’ve Got it All Wrong I read a recent article by Alan Quilley (http://www.safetyresults.ca/) on measuring safety by injury rate and was fascinated by the logic. I enjoyed the video on regression to the mean (Prevention of Incidents VS Creating Safety) and the discussion on injury goals. But I thought Alan, you have ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Safety-1, Safety-2, Safety-3

by Dr Rob Long
Safety-1, Safety-2, Safety-3 The idea that there are two safeties endorses a binary mindset that supposes that the second safety is radically different from the first. The general idea is that Safety-1 is a system that focuses only on what goes wrong, Safety-2 is a system that focuses on what goes right. Both safeties endorse a ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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The Hypocrisy of Safety Management Systems For SMEs

by Dave Collins
The Hypocrisy of Safety Management Systems For SMEs At the moment there is a debate raging on a LinkedIn Forum (Ok, its not really raging perhaps just happening) about why SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) don't have comprehensive documented SMS (Safety Management Systems) in place. Of course, as expected on LinkedIn, there are plenty of comments about ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Balancing Tight and Loose Coupled Systems

by Rob Sams
Balancing Tight and Loose Coupled Systems My last two articles on art and helping, generated feedback and questions that are worthy of further explanation. Amongst the feedback was that I ‘systems bash’ when I write about risk and safety. Firstly, while I can understand how people may feel that I don’t value systems, however, the short response ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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