Zero Harm

Don’t Let Evidence Get in the Way of Safety When it comes to faith-belief, evidence rarely works. This is the primary discovery of Festinger et. al. in their study of Cognitive Dissonance. You can download When Prophecy Fails here The idea that people will make a ‘paradigm shift’ (Kuhn - The Structure of Scientific Revolutions) just because ...… Discover more >>>>>

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For many years DuPont have perpetuated the myth that they are the “Worlds Safest Company” and a “world-class safety leader”. In the 1940s the company developed the safety philosophy that “all accidents are preventable”. Encouraged by their perception of success, DuPont eventually turned safety consulting, making chemicals and materials on the side. In the 1990s, ...… Discover more >>>>>

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imageLatest by WHS Lawyer Greg Smith and co-author of Risky Conversations, The Law, Social Psychology and Risk. What we say matters: Zero and other Aspirations – First Published Here It seems hardly a day goes by without social media raising a new discussion about the merits or otherwise of “Zero Harm”. As I understand the various arguments “for” ...… Discover more >>>>>

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imageBanning Head Protection is Safer Some may be aware that the National Boxing Championships are being conducted in Adelaide in April 2017. This is the first championship where protective headgear has been banned. This is in line with a global ban on protective headgear because it doesn’t protect heads (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2293803/Headgear-boxers-banned-bid-REDUCE-head-injuries.html). New rules ...… Discover more >>>>>

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The Role of Safety Advisor in Organisations – Essential Reading Whilst everyone wants to do ‘safety differently’, it is not likely that reform will come within. The paradigm of safety with its primary focus on measurement actually mitigates any hope of innovation, creativity or critical thinking. If safety is now the official ‘counting house’ it is ...… Discover more >>>>>

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Pascal’s Wager and Sacred Safety Pascal's Wager in the 1640s (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pascal's_Wager) sets out the fundamental idea of the Precautionary Principle (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Precautionary_principle ). The Precautionary Principle errs on the side of least loss, regardless of belief. So, in any situation of risk (any gamble) eg. Climate Change, one looses least by not taking the risk that Climate ...… Discover more >>>>>

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Despite all the latest trendy spin about safety disruption the language in this paper was considered to be too “inflammatory” for publication in a mainstream traditional Safety Journal (download it and you will see why) – so it gives me great pleasure to publish it here. Updated March 2017, from the Author:  "I have updated ...… Discover more >>>>>

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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 ...… Discover more >>>>>

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