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 >>>>>

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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 >>>>>


Safety Icons and Communicating to the Unconscious It is not surprising that many organisations who ‘profess’ an interest in people use objects as their icons in safety. With slogans that are about how much they ‘care about safety’ (not care about people), they chose icons of hard hats, cones, glasses and barricades. Words and icons are of ...… Discover more >>>>>


SEEK INVESTIGATION TRAINING – Perth 3-5th May The next SEEK training is in Perth on 3-5 May at the Tradewinds Hotel Fremantle. ( This is a great opportunity for people in the West to experience a new and holistic way of investigating. The SEEK Program doesn’t propose that old models be abandoned but rather builds on current ...… Discover more >>>>>


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 ('s_Wager) sets out the fundamental idea of the 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 >>>>>


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 ...… Discover more >>>>>