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The complete set of Articles by Dr Rob Long from www.humandymensions.com as at 5th May 2014 – ENJOY!

The Fallible Factor and What to Do About It

 

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Dr Rob Long from www.humandymensions.com totally nails the human fallibility concept: The Fallible Factor and What to Do About It Being fallible doesn’t mean one is inevitably stupid, lazy, greedy or weak, there are as many advantages to being human and fallible as there are limitations. No one should want humans to be robotic – […]

Deconstructing Safety and Humans

 

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Deconstructing Safety and Humans Another article by Dr Rob Long – only for the thinking Safety Professional! See more of Rob’s work here. Do yourself a big favour check out his book here. For some reason people in the safety business seem to love reducing things to the most simple (and sometimes simplistic) understanding of […]

When the Safety Tool Becomes the Method

 

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When the Safety Tool Becomes the Method Latest article by Dr Rob Long from www.humandymensions.com and author of “Real Risk”. When institutionalized tools become enshrined in organizational culture, they are like concrete shoes, they seem to fit but the weight of the problem over time seems only good for getting us quicker to the bottom. […]

Understanding the Cost of Injury

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Latest article by Dr Robert Long, covering the real consequences of injury. Again, no apologies to the Zero Harm fans! If you liked this article then you should read the whole series: CLICK HERE. I highly recommend you check out Rob’s new book “RISK MAKES SENSE” Understanding Injury Cost and Flow on Effects When people […]

1Ten Cautions About Safety Checklists

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Some great advice from Dr Rob Long from www.humandymensions.com. See also: Making Objects Safe or People Safe (Dr Rob Long), Risk is About People, not just Objects (Rob Sams)   Ten Cautions About Safety Checklists Whilst value of checklists is well documented by Gawande (The Checklist Manifesto) and others, there is rarely mention by proponents […]

Resilience and Safety

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Resilience and Safety Another inspiring article by Dr Rob Long from www.humandymensions.com I can highly recommend his latest book REAL RISK – Human Discerning and Risk The ability to adapt, ‘bounce back’, learn, cope and manage adversity is an essential attribute when we consider the nature of work and safety. We live in a world […]

Perfectionism in Safety and the Denial of Humanity

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Perfectionism in Safety and the Denial of Humanity Article by Dr Rob Long from www.humandymensions.com in response to Safety Under Construction What a bizarre claim that someone can guarantee no accidents, no mistakes, no harm and that ‘100% zero harm is the irrefutable future coming towards the construction industry like a speeding train’. This is […]

Dumb Ways to Discourse, a Failed Approach in Safety

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Dumb Ways to Discourse, a Failed Approach in Safety Guest post by Dr Rob Long from www.humandymensions.com Quote from the article: have a look at some very young children realistically mimicking the campaign (with over a million hits) and see if this doesn’t bother you particularly: a child about the age of 10 taking an […]

‘False Consciousness’ and Perception in Risk and Safety

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Very thought provoking article by Dr Rob Long from Human Dymensions. To quote from the article: The idea that setting absolutist and perfectionist goals followed by punitive measures to achieve those goals, is a bankrupt model for motivation of risk and safety ownership. The model ignores hidden pressures that drive under reporting, totally misunderstands the […]

 

The Lexicon of Safety Gibberish

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The Lexicon of Safety Gibberish By Dr Robert Long from Human Dymensions Gibberish or gobbledygook refers to speech that is nonsensical. Gibberish often takes the form of unrecognisable sounds and noise that when defined don’t make sense. Even the most cursory glance at research on ‘framing’ and ‘priming’ of language (eg. Fairhurst, The Power of […]

The Seduction of Measurement in Risk and Safety

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The Seduction of Measurement in Risk and Safety Rather than measure what we value, we tend to value what we can measure Guest post by Dr Rob Long from Human Dymensions Many safety mottos and mantras for organisations are sent to me and I recently saw one for a mantra and motto of ‘safety beyond […]

Ten Risk and Safety Program Essentials

Ten Risk and Safety Program Essentials Guest article Dr Rob Long from Human Dymensions. Image sent in by a reader of this blog. I read yet another ‘beyond zero’ website the other day and never stop to be amazed at just how much people accept nonsense language and spin. The site claimed to take organisations […]

Safety is not Just a Choice

Safety is not Just a Choice Guest post by Dr Rob Long from Human Dymensions  The trouble with simplistic approaches to the complexities of human decision making and risk is the fictional projection of good, attributed to outcomes. The idea that ‘safety is a choice’ is absolute nonsense, how offensive is this statement to all […]

Safety as Faith Healing

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Safety as Faith Healing Guest post by Dr Rob Long from Human Dymensions The logic of faith healing is quite simple: believe in something and if you truly believe and believe enough it will happen. If it doesn’t happen then you don’t believe enough – a wonderful get out clause. This is the case with […]

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10 Fun Facts–Cognitive Bias

 

10 Fun Facts–Cognitive Bias This is brilliant! Thanks to Rob Long for posting this on his Facebook page: Related PostsBook Launch – Dr Robert Long – Real Risk Book ThreeBook Launch – Dr Robert Long – Real Risk Book Three – Australian Catholic University WATCH THE VIDEO HERE The book launch of Dr Long’s third […]

The Seduction of Measurement in Risk and Safety

 

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The Seduction of Measurement in Risk and Safety Rather than measure what we value, we tend to value what we can measure Guest post by Dr Rob Long from Human Dymensions Many safety mottos and mantras for organisations are sent to me and I recently saw one for a mantra and motto of ‘safety beyond […]

 

Ten Risk and Safety Program Essentials

 

Ten Risk and Safety Program Essentials Guest article Dr Rob Long from Human Dymensions. Image sent in by a reader of this blog. I read yet another ‘beyond zero’ website the other day and never stop to be amazed at just how much people accept nonsense language and spin. The site claimed to take organisations […]

 

 

Safety is not Just a Choice

Safety is not Just a Choice Guest post by Dr Rob Long from Human Dymensions  The trouble with simplistic approaches to the complexities of human decision making and risk is the fictional projection of good, attributed to outcomes. The idea that ‘safety is a choice’ is absolute nonsense, how offensive is this statement to all […]

Safety as Faith Healing

 

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Safety as Faith Healing Guest post by Dr Rob Long from Human Dymensions The logic of faith healing is quite simple: believe in something and if you truly believe and believe enough it will happen. If it doesn’t happen then you don’t believe enough – a wonderful get out clause. This is the case with […]

 

Second Student Group Social Psychology of Risk

 

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Second Student Group Social Psychology of Risk It has been a hectic few weeks in the Psychology of Risk Post Graduate Program. The first group has now completed Unit Two, The Social Psychology of Leadership in Risk and Group Two has completed the Introduction to the Social Psychology of Risk. Group Two is pictured right. […]

 

What’s Faith Got To Do With Safety

 

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What’s Faith Got To Do With Safety Guest Post by Dr Rob Long from www.humandymensions.com Risk is all about uncertainty, and uncertainty is one of the things that characterises what it is to be human. There is little in human living that is certainly predictable, there is little that is absolutely certain, this is the […]

 

 

Mental Health, Risk and Safety – Part 2

 

Mental Health, Risk and Safety – Part 2 Part 2 of one of the most popular articles we have ever published, by Dr Rob Long from Human Dymensions. and author of the book “Real Risk” In the previous blog (Mental Health, Risk and Safety Part 1) I discussed the invisibility of mental health in risk […]

 

 

Mental Health, Risk and Safety

 

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Mental Health, Risk and Safety – Part 1 (see part 2) Guest Post by Dr Rob Long from www.humandymensions.com Understanding, awareness and response to mental health issues at work is challenging. There are some particular challenges that mental health holds for risk and safety people. The purpose of this article is to provide some tips […]

Book Launch – Dr Robert Long – Real Risk Book Three

 

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Book Launch – Dr Robert Long – Real Risk Book Three – Australian Catholic University WATCH THE VIDEO HERE The book launch of Dr Long’s third book Real Risk, Human Discerning and Risk was a great success held at The Australian Catholic University on 12 February 2014 at the North Sydney campus. The video highlights […]

 

In Praise of In-Between Thinking in Risk and Safety

 

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In Praise of In-Between Thinking in Risk and Safety Guest post by Dr Rob Long from www.humandymensions.com As much as Kahneman’s book Thinking Fast and Slow is helpful, it also sustains the idea that the human mind operates in a binary paradigm. As much as Ariely’s book Logically Irrational helps people understand the nature of […]

 

 

Helping People Learn Safety

Helping People Learn Safety Guest post by Dr Rob Long from www.humandymensions.com The first thing we need to observe is embedded in the title, this article is not learning ‘about’ safety, learning ‘about’ safety is just data and information, ‘learning safety’ is real learning, when safety is owned and change results. Argyris and Schon (1974 Theory in …

Human Dymensions Newsletter–Feb 14

 

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Book Launch – Real Risk, Human Discerning and Risk The launch of Dr Long’s third book Real Risk, Human Discerning and Risk on 12 February 2014 was a great success. A gathering of 70 people at the Australian Catholic University North Sydney heard a number of speakers present on the latest book and the Post […]

Safety Conversation Essentials – 20 Tips

 

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Safety Conversation Essentials – 20 Tips This article by Dr Robert Long from www.humandymensions.com was first published last year but I thought should be republished now in light of the current discussions re safety conversations – enjoy: If you loved this article then you should read the whole series: CLICK HERE In our preoccupation with harmonization, systems and the new WHS Act I trust we don’t lose sight […]

 

More Bricks and Mortar for the Amphitheatre of Denial

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Dr Long’s New book “REAL RISK – Human Discerning and Risk” is packed with interesting little stories and anecdotes, we published one the other day The South Korean Fan Death Mystery and it was a big hit. Another I enjoyed was this one about the Star Amphitheatre in Balmoral Sydney. It was built, at great […]

The South Korean Fan Death Mystery

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The South Korean Fan Death Mystery Dr Long’s New book “REAL RISK – Human Discerning and Risk” is packed with interesting little stories and anecdotes. The idea that humans assess risk objectively, or just calculate risk based on some common criteria in a risk matrix (exposure, frequency, probability and consequence), is not supported by the […]

 

THE INFLUENCE OF VISUAL STIMULI ON THE UNCONSCIOUS

This is one of the assignments from the Post Grad in Psychology of Risk being run by Dr Rob Long (more details about the course here) Felix has given me permission to send it to you, if you think readers would be interested. THE INFLUENCE OF VISUAL STIMULI ON THE UNCONSCIOUS by Felix Cheng – […]

The Conundrum in Discerning Risk

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Dr Rob Long, Author of Real Risk – Human Discerning and Risk (download Ch1 Here), explains why we switch to autopilot when under normal work pressures, despite the safety world trying to impose rational thinking processes during inductions, tool box talks or via SWMS. The Conundrum in Discerning Risk When it comes to discerning risk […]

Real Winners

 

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Real Winners Dr Rob Long has announced the winners of our “Tell a Discerning Safety Story Competition”. There were lots of great entries and it is refreshing to know that there are lots of people out there who have a good appreciation of Real Risks. All winners receive a copy of Rob’s New Book: “Real […]

 

 

Free Download – Real Risk – New Book by Dr Robert Long

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Free Download – Real Risk – Human Discerning and Risk I have just received my copy of Dr Rob Long’s new book “Real Risk – Human Discerning and Risk” – probably one of the more useful and interesting books I’ve read on the subject. This is a really enjoyable book to read. It’s not another […]

Thinking About Harm

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Thinking About Harm Post by Dr Rob Long from www.humandymensions.com –  a new perspective on the concept of harm with 10 tips at the end that should help bring some sense back into the engagement with risk. Quote: So, what zero harm really means is selective reporting on definitions of harm the company counts. If […]

 

Ten Secrets to Risk and Safety Motivation and Ownership

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Ten Secrets to Risk and Safety Motivation and Ownership Guest post by Dr Rob Long from www.humandymensions.com  Here they are: 1. There are no secrets. What we need to know about motivation is already out there, trouble is, in the risk and safety sector, education in the social sciences is minimal. The best place to […]

Words Can Change Your Brain

 

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Words Can Change Your Brain: 12 Conversation Strategies to Build Trust, Resolve Conflict and Increase Intimacy Guest post by Dr Rob Long for the thinkers out there. I highly recommend Rob’s new book “Real Risk” This is the title of a wonderful book by Newberg whose research confirms the nature of brain plasticity and the […]

Risk Aversion is Life Denying

 

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A typical Sunday in New Zealand James Kell is an adventurer, incredible photographer (see example on right) and great thinker – James wrote the  the foreword in Dr Rob Long’s latest book “Real Risk” James has a blog called “Carpe Diem” (Seize The Day) and writes great stuff on the realities of life and his […]

 

Four Indicators of Toxic Safety Culture

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Four Indicators of Toxic Safety Culture Guest Post by Dr Rob Long from www.humandymensions.com . Enter our competition to win a copy of his new book “REAL RISK” – details here. When professionals get concerned about the safety culture in organisations there are a range of dispositions that indicate that things are not good. Recognising […]

 

Real Risk, Human Discerning and Risk

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Release of Book Three by Dr Robert Long Dr Rob Long (see his articles here) has announced the long awaited release of his third book: “REAL RISK”. Rob launches his long awaited new book – “Real Risk – Human Discerning and Risk” on on 12 Feb at ACU North Sydney. (See details in flyer at […]

Snap, Crackle, Pop. That’s the Sound we Love to Hear

 

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Snap, Crackle, Pop. That’s the Sound we Love to Hear By Dr Rob Long from www.humandymensions.com Rob launches his long awaited new book – “Real Risk – Human Discerning and Risk” on on 12 Feb at ACU North Sydney. (See details in flyer at the bottom of this article if you would like to attend). […]

 

 

Objectivity, Audits and Attribution When Calculating Risk

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So you reckon you can calculate risk to 3 decimal places?? Think again. A recent article by Dr Robert Long, that may make you rethink your belief in Risk Assessment as being objective!. If you liked this article then you should read the whole series: CLICK HERE. I highly recommend you check out Rob’s new […]

 

Rethinking Leadership in Risk

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A reality check for Leaders by Dr Rob Long from Humandymensions. A Couple of my favourite TED videos on everyday simple leadership are “Lollipop Moment” and “How to Create a Movement” – See them here – I think they are a great complement to Rob’s insightful article below. Rethinking Leadership in Risk Leadership …

There is no ‘Satellite Insightfulness’

There is no ‘Satellite Insightfulness’ Dr Rob Long’s Response to a recent Guest Post: When we imagine that there is a rational and objective self we will always look at others and their behaviour and create a superior status for ourselves because we would never do that. When we take this view we then become the masters …

The Tyranny of Absolutes

 

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Guest Post by Dr Rob Long from www.humandymensions.com – for those of you who still have nothing to love! The text book approach to goal setting recommends that all goals should be SMART – Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Relevant and Time considered. Yet, when it comes to safety and risk many tier 1 companies throw the

 

 

The Arse-Covering Myth

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The Arse-Covering Myth Guest post by Dr Rob Long from www.humandymensions.com One of the most dominant myths in industry is that paperwork is an ‘arse-covering’ exercise. People seem to accept and tolerate paperwork for this reason when the reality is opposite, no amount of paperwork saves your arse in court. If there is no relation […]

 

Swimming Up Stream and the SWMS Dilemma

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Article by Dr Robert Long from www.humandymensions.com. If you liked this article then you should read the whole series: CLICK HERE. Refer also to: The Arse-Covering Myth Swimming Up Stream and the Safe Work Method Statement Dilemma I was with an organisation this week that was being inspected by the regulator. The regulator had […]

Why Be Rational When the Good Old LTI Superstition Will Do?

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Why Be Rational When the Good Old LTI Superstition Will Do? By Dr Robert Long from www.humandymensions.com. One of the greatest irrational superstitions in the safety and risk industry is the mythical link between Lost Time Injuries (LTIs) and culture. The attribution of causal links between LTIs and culture is one of the strongest delusions […]

 

 

 

The Power of Safety

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The Power of Safety Latest Article by Dr Rob Long from www.humandymensions.com Those who insist on no mistakes will be crucified when they make a mistake. Those who demand zero tolerance will be flogged when the tables are turned. There is no grace and kindness for the bully when the tables are turned. The fantasy […]

Subliminal and Subconscious Influence

 

I recently had the absolute pleasure of watching Rob Long present some of his brilliant ideas. He had a series of little tricks and games that showed how easily our minds can be influenced by what we continuously see and hear, even if it is rather subtle or even subliminal. Try the one he has […]

It’s a Fine Line Beyond Pleasure and Pain

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It’s a Fine Line Beyond Pleasure and Pain Latest pearler by Dr Rob Long from www.humandymensions.com Safety could be the profession of the open Socratic question, yet again we don’t find much about this in safety texts or training programs. The ‘dumbing down’ of workplaces by the ‘tell, police, punish’ formula has now lead to […]

The 5 B’s of Safety Conversion

 

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In his latest article Dr Robert Long looks briefly at each one of the commonly attempted conversion methods to see if the attempted method at the psychology of conversion works. I can think of a 6th B – and it always baffles brains! You should also read the whole series by Rob: CLICK HERE. I […]

Safety Silver Bullet

 

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Latest article by Dr Robert Long which attacks the idea that one can solve a safety system problem by simply building ever expanding safety systems! Oh and a little swipe at BBS and Zero Harm! If you liked this article then you should read the whole series: CLICK HERE. I highly recommend you check out […]

The Repression of Uncertainty

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If you are a Parent, a Partner, a Leader or a Safety Person then you have learned, the hard way, that people cannot be controlled, engaged or motivated by “noise” and rules. This is despite your wisdom, position or intimate knowledge of these rules. The answer is not stricter rules, tougher penalties, convoluted systems and […]

HAZARDMAN Won’t Save You

 

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Hazardman Won’t Save You Article by Dr Rob Long about a new comic based safety campaign about to be launched in Schools. The reaction from my two teenage boys: “Huh? – that’s just stupid!” and “Geez, Nooo!” Watch the video below and you will see what I mean! Quote: It is amazing that the Regulator […]

It’s Not a Secret, We Just Don’t Talk About It

 

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Another VERY interesting article by Dr Robert Long about choosing your words, slogans and messages with great care. I was only reading last night about the “elephant in the room” idiom!. If you liked this article then you should read the whole series: CLICK HERE. I highly recommend you check out Rob’s new book “RISK […]

Error Trajectories and Risk

 

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Error Trajectories and Risk Another provocative article by Dr Robert Long to add fuel to the fire! – If you liked this article then you should read the whole series: CLICK HERE. I highly recommend you check out Rob’s new book “RISK MAKES SENSE” – click on image in right column to read precise. In […]

A Case of Desensitisation – What Would You Do?

 

Believe it or not one of the most popular search terms on this site is “gory safety videos”!!! But do shock and horror war stories really encourage safe behaviour or is it just voyeurism that creates the interest?. You will really enjoy this latest article by Dr Robert Long. If you liked this article then […]

The Rage for Safety Utopia

 

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The Rage for Safety Utopia Another guest post by Dr Robert Long – If you loved this article then you should read the whole series: CLICK HERE   This is the title of the stirring book by Ronal Conway published in 1992 but I have added the word safety to the title. Conway argues that obsession and compulsion for Utopia […]

Silences in Safety

 

With the subtlety sledgehammer, Dr Rob Long knocks the unattainable, meaningless ideas and slogans like “Zero Harm” and “Safety First” right on the noggin! Read more of his articles here “Cultures that strategically know their silences are more sophisticated than cultures that fill the airwaves with meaningless noise.” Silences in Safety Sian Beilock wrote a […]

Essentials in Observation and Safety

 

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I visited a major construction site a few weeks ago. They did their best to impress us with their 4 hour induction, extremely comprehensive work method statements and permit systems, safety management plans, contractor management systems, pretty graphs, regular audit schedules, tool box talks etc etc, All very impressive, but…… we followed the Safety Officer […]

Non-Compliance and the Ten Fundamentals of Motivation

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Non-Compliance and the Ten Fundamentals of Motivation Another guest post by Dr Robert Long – If you loved this article then you should read the whole series: CLICK HERE Why do people not do as they are told?  When all the rules, codes of practice and standards in safety are clear and the procedures are […]

Understanding the Cost of Injury

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Latest article by Dr Robert Long, covering the real consequences of injury. Again, no apologies to the Zero Harm fans! If you liked this article then you should read the whole series: CLICK HERE. I highly recommend you check out Rob’s new book “RISK MAKES SENSE” Understanding Injury Cost and Flow on Effects When people […]

Wowzers and Crusaders in Risk

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Latest article by Dr Rob Long from www.humandymensions.com Quote: The irony of this story is that the Rural Fire Service volunteers are purposely engaging in harm in order to save lives and property and they are doing it each day in NSW in the current bushfire crisis. This is the nature of hormesis, many things […]

Prepositions for Risk and Safety Leadership

 

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Prepositions for Risk and Safety Leadership Article by Dr Rob Long – from www.humandymensions.com – only for the thinkers! Why not do some observing this week and see what are the most popular words spoken and written in your organisation. The way we prime and frame organizational discourse shapes the culture and focus on safety. […]

Understanding Risk

 

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Understanding Risk Guest post by Dr Robert Long from www.humandymensions.com – see his other articles HERE Much more consideration needs to be given to human decision making and how perception affects decision making when we think about risk. Imaging you want to buy a CD, you don’t like iTunes much and prefer the sensation of […]

The Ethics of Safety

 

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The Ethics of Safety Latest article from Dr Rob Long from www.humandymensions.com.au is sure to get some juices flowing: Quote: The key to the effectiveness of an ethic in safety is the humanization of others and the building of relationships. It is strange that the vice of intolerance is advocated in the workplace but we […]

It’s a Safety Requirement

 

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It’s a Safety Requirement! For some years now the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has had a Safety Myth Busters Challenge Panel – their mission is to expose stories about ridiculous decisions taken, wrongly, in the name of health and safety. Visit their website. You may also like this recent article: Safety First or […]

Conducting a Psychology and Culture Safety Walk

 

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Conducting a Psychology and Culture Safety Walk Another guest post by Dr Robert Long – If you liked this article then you should read the whole series: CLICK HERE Safety walks, observations and conversations are foundational to managing safety in organisations. Site walks, office walks or whatever you want to call them are a critical […]

What is Psychosocial Safety

 

What is Psychosocial Safety? Another provocative article by Dr Robert Long – If you liked this article then you should read the whole series: CLICK HERE Psychosocial safety is really not a new concept but has been around industry for some time. The beginnings of psychosocial safety are usually linked to Herbert W. Heinrich an […]

A Comparison of Safety Paradigms

Another VERY interesting article by Dr Robert Long, one of the most succinct and useful comparisons of the various safety paradigms that I have come across. Again, no apologies to the Zero Harm fans! If you liked this article then you should read the whole series: CLICK HERE. I highly recommend you check out Rob’s […]

My Target Goal is Zero Death

 

My Target Goal is Zero Death Currently luvin’ the work of Dr Robert Long and have read his book “Risk Makes Sense” over and over. Just came across a recent post on his blog which puts the absurdity of ZERO HARM goals in perspective we can all understand. While ever we are breathing we can […]

Pass Me Another SWMS Leo, The Last One Was Too Short

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Pass Me Another SWMS Leo, The Last One Was Too Short Republished Guest Post by Dr Rob Long – Author of “For the Love of Zero” and one of our most popular regular contributors. See his other articles HERE Isn’t it marvellous, SAI Global recently advertised new editable SWMSs (Safe Work Method Statement) for download. […]

A Formula for Safety Culture Failure and Success

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A Formula for Safety Culture Failure and Success Another provocative article by Dr Robert Long – If you liked this article then you should read the whole series: CLICK HERE I find it fascinating to read many uses of the word ‘culture’ and ‘risk’ that have no complementary reference to people. Even when there is […]

Risk and Safety as a Social Psychological Problem

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Risk and Safety as a Social Psychological Problem By Dr Rob Long Image Source: HSE Myth Busters When one reads through the many resources and programs about risk and safety one could be forgiven for thinking that safety compliance would be much easier if it didn’t involve people. I often get amused by approaches to […]

Dumb Ways to Measure Effectiveness

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Dumb Ways to Measure Effectiveness Guest article by Dr Rob Long from www.humandymensions.com – it wasn’t hard, when it was first released, to see through the cuteness and catchy tune and predict how ineffective this campaign would prove long term! As George used to say, all you have to do is take something away and […]

Smart Phone Addiction, FOMO and Safety at Work

 

In his latest article Rob Long decided to actually write the way that some people like to be ‘told’. I challenge you all to check if you do have a smartphone addiction and a “FOMO”. Anyway, you are sure to enjoy this latest article by Rob. Smart Phone Addiction, FOMO and Safety at Work I […]

Risk Intelligence and the Quest to Dumb Down Safety

 

Risk Intelligence and the Quest to Dumb Down Safety Guest post by Dr Rob Long. Rob’s new book will be out in a couple of weeks and we will be giving away copies – watch this space! Read more of of Robs work here My good friend George tells me that I don’t write much […]

Making Sense of Risk and Safety–Interview with George Robotham

 

Making Sense of Risk and Safety – An Interview with George Robotham by Dr Rob Long – April 2013 Dedicated to the life and work of the late George Robotham who passed away, on Sept 11th 2013. When Rob asked what mates would say at his Eulogy, George replies: I would like them to say […]

Your Safety Talk Matters

 

Your Talk Matters – Effectively Managing Risk If you have enjoyed the series of articles by Dr Robert Long (see them here) then you will love this short video which clearly explains the important basics of how to have an effective safety talk or conversation – a crucial, but often overlooked, element in controlling risks […]

Safety as a Helping Profession

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Safety as a Helping Profession I do sometimes wonder how or why some people get into the Safety Profession? Although thankfully in the minority, why do some safety people have such disdain for the “workers” (I dislike that label!!!) or think they have to burden them with convoluted systems and rub their hands together with […]

Risk Ignorance and Risk Arrogance

Risk Ignorance and Risk Arrogance, Flip Sides of the Same Coin Another guest post by Dr Robert Long – If you loved this article then you should read the whole series: CLICK HERE We spend a high level of energy in safety training under the assumption that the audience is ignorant.  This is what we might call ‘risk ignorance’. […]

Safety Fundamentalism

Is there such a thing as safety fundamentalism? Another guest post by Dr Robert Long – If you loved this article then you should read the whole series:CLICK HERE The concept of fundamentalism was originally coined in reference to a rigid theological movement in the USA in 1905 upholding the literal interpretation of the Bible. More generally, fundamentalism […]

The Psychology of Conversion – 20 Tips to get Started

Another great article written by Dr Robert Long as a positive response to his previous one! After I criticised the concept of zero harm in a recent intro, someone told me that I also probably run over kittens with lawnmowers – WTF????? – Is that all you have left???? If you liked this article then […]

The Challenging Psychology of Ergonomics

The Challenging Psychology of Ergonomics Another guest post by Dr Robert Long – If you loved this article then you should read the whole series: CLICK HERE One of the most comprehensive textbooks on ergonomics is by Kroemer and Grandjean Fitting the Task to the Human.   The title in itself captures the essence of ergonomics.  Ergonomics is all […]

Incident Investigation and the Limits of Risk Imagination

 

Another purler by Dr Robert Long, that may make you rethink your propensity to go the checklist!. If you liked this article then you should read the whole series: CLICK HERE. I highly recommend you check out Rob’s new book “RISK MAKES SENSE” My favourite line: “Finally, we could spend a bit more time with […]

Whose the Bloody Idiot?

 

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Whose the Bloody Idiot? Guest post by Dr Rob Long from www.humandymensions.com taking a big swipe at TAC latest Road Safety Campaign I took this photo in Melbourne today (4 September 2013) as an example of the continuing strategy by TAC Victoria in their campaign for road safety and ask the question, who is the […]

Safety Engagement

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Safety Engagement with Workspace, Headspace and Groupspace – Toward Total Safety Organisation Another teaser by Dr Robert Long – If you liked this article then you should read the whole series: CLICK HERE. I highly recommend you check out Rob’s new book “RISK MAKES SENSE” – click on image to read precise So much of […]

Safety Conversation Essentials – 20 Tips

 

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Safety Conversation Essentials – 20 Tips Another brilliant guest article by Dr Robert Long from www.humandymensions.com If you loved this article then you should read the whole series: CLICK HERE In our preoccupation with harmonization, systems and the new WHS Act I trust we don’t lose sight of the most powerful instrument we have to manage risk – the […]

That’s Not a Knife, That’s a Knife

 

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That’s Not a Knife, That’s a Knife Guest post by Dr Rob Long from Human Dymensions Sometimes when I get a chance to catch up with my brother Graham I feel like the hoodlum on the streets of New York in Crocodile Dundee. Not that we compete as brothers but when it comes to risk […]

Effectiveness in Managing Risk and Cultural Change

 

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Effectiveness in Managing Risk and Cultural Change The need to change safety culture Another guest post by Dr Robert Long – If you loved this article then you should read the whole series: CLICK HERE In recent times it has occurred to coroner’s at inquests, auditors and government (eg. Cole Commission) that poor safety culture has a central role […]

Risk and Safety Communities of Practice and the Practice of Community

 

Risk and Safety Communities of Practice and the Practice of Community Dr Rob Long’s third book entitled “Real Risk, Human Discerning and Risk” will be launched in early October.  For those of you who have read and enjoyed For The Love of Zero and Risk Makes Sense I am sure you will be looking forward […]

Warped Imagination and Magical Thinking in Risk and Safety

 

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Warped Imagination and Magical Thinking in Risk and Safety Guest Post by Dr Rob Long from www.humandymensions.com All the data shifting in the world is used to explain cultural change, when indeed, it is not a measure of culture. There seems nothing more captivating to risk and safety professionals than injury data:  Canberra Times Article […]

Symbols Have Power

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Symbols Have Power Really interesting article by Dr Rob Long from www.humandymensions.com – only for Safety People who like to “think outside the square” LOL One of the most overlooked yet important factors in safety culture influence is the power of symbols. The psychological significance of symbols and the embodiment of values in symbols are […]

Six Tips to Improve Your Safety Conversations

Six Tips to Improve Your Safety Conversations Latest article by Dr Robert Long. Whilst discussion and conversation is well intentioned it is also important to ensure that our discourse promotes effective safety culture. Read more of Robs enlightening and most of the time controversial (only because they challenge our age old thinking) articles HERE. I […]

The Cult of ‘Opinion’ in Risk and Safety

The Cult of ‘Opinion’ in Risk and Safety Guest post by Dr Rob Long from www.humandymensions.com Andrew Keen (2007, The Cult of the Amateur) describes the noise, ‘digital narcissism’ and the cacophony of social media as deafening the perception of people towards the voices of informed experts and professionals. People are so busy broadcasting themselves […]

Is Risk and Safety Perfectionism a Disorder?

 

Is Risk and Safety Perfectionism a Disorder? A VERY thought provoking article from Dr Rob Long from www.humandymensions.com The quest for absolute certainty and claims for absolute control by advocates of the perfection of zero is the foundation of the absurd claim that ‘all accidents are preventable’. The denial of fallibility and human finiteness has […]

The 5 Ways We Identify Hazards

The 5 Ways We Identify Hazards Guest Post by Dr Robert Long from www.humandymensions.com Hazards are objects and in themselves don’t harm anyone. An object only becomes a hazard when a human engages with it, until then it remains a potential hazard. One can focus as much on displacement of energies and damaging energies as […]

Dumb Ways To Die and A Strange Sense of Success

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Is using humour in safety a method to handle and think about things we are uncomfortable with or does using humour simply help us ignore the real issues?. Dumb Ways To Die – A Strange Sense of Success Article by Rob Long from www.humandymensions.com will definitely make you rethink your initial thoughts about this video. […]

You Don’t Believe in Common Sense?

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You Don’t Believe in Common Sense? Another Hard Hitter by Dr Robert Long from www.humandymensions.com The Coroners decision confirms it, there is no ‘common sense’, it can’t be assumed and we shouldn’t talk about it because it dumbs down the industry and perpetuates a delusional myth. On 5 July the Queensland Coroner has found three […]

Post Graduate Studies in the Social Psychology of Risk

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I have never seen such positive feedback on social media and forums as what I have for the recent course run by Dr Rob Long – read the testimonials at the end! Post Graduate Studies in the Social Psychology of Risk The first Post Graduate Program in the Social Psychology of Risk commenced on 17 […]

Simple or Simplistic Risk and Safety

 

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Simple or Simplistic Risk and Safety Latest by Dr Rob Long from www.humandymensions.com ‘Argument progresses in three stages: superficial simplicity, confused complexity and profound simplicity. Mindful organisations and leaders are prepared to struggle through confused complexity to find profound simplicity. Mindless organisations tend to settle for the first superficial simplicity they stumble on and, as […]

Risk and Safety Maturity

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Risk and Safety Maturity Another guest post by Dr Robert Long – If you liked this article then you should read the whole series: CLICK HERE There are many programs which advertise about ‘safety leadership’ and ‘safety culture’ but advocate little more than tightening up systems, vigilance in policing and raising penalties for non-compliance.  Whilst systems, policing and compliance […]

Safety Culture Program Essentials

 

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Safety Culture Program Essentials Another guest post by Dr Robert Long – If you loved this article then you should read the whole series: CLICK HERE Now is the time of the year when people begin to think of rebooting or starting up a safety culture program.  The concept of safety culture is so overworked yet so poorly defined.  […]

Understanding and Supervising Young People at Work

 

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Understanding and Supervising Young People at Work Latest article by Dr Rob Long from www.humandymensions.com in response to a recent article we published The Australian Government definition of a young person is someone aged from 15-24. (http://deewr.gov.au/youth) The Australian Psychological Society defines a young person as aged between 12 and 26 years of age. (http://www.psychology.org.au/publications/inpsych/youth_mental_health/) […]

Making Objects Safe or People Safe

Well it seems the debate about Zero Harm is over and everyone agrees that it is actually a very a silly idea and highly demotivational. The hot topics in safety and risk now are: avoiding overly convoluted systems and the importance of individual human decision making (um… no NOT BBS). Your intimate knowledge of every […]

And the Formula is, There is no Formula

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Most of us have realised by now that introducing more safety systems, procedures and paperwork is counterproductive to improving safety, Dr Rob Long from www.humandymensions.com explains exactly why – ESSENTIAL READING!!! And the Formula is, There is no Formula – People are not Machines! A number of disciplines such as engineering, safety and mechanics have […]

The Yo-Yo Delusion and Conversations About Risk

 

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I was waiting and hoping for Dr Rob to chime in on this when I published the article about Google Glass. Rob makes lots of great points like: with all this new technology how come we were promised a paperless office yet have more paperwork than ever? And, We can Skype all around the world […]

The Quandary of Risk Aversion

The Quandary of Risk Aversion By Dr Rob Long from www.humandymensions,com In the mindset of no harm and zero harm one becomes fixed on the minute of harm. If only the world was that simple. The recent work of Nicholas Taleb quickly knocks such simplistic notions on the head in his excellent book ‘Antifragility’. Taleb […]

Desensitizing to Kids Risk and Safety

 

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Dr Rob beat me to the post on this one about the proposal to teach “safety” in schools so I’ll just make a few opening comments….. I fear the opposite of desensitization and that we will produce a generation of little “Zero Harmers”.  If the Public Service safety inductions that I have seen are an […]

Safety Justifies Anything and Everything

 

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Safety Justifies Anything and Everything guest post by Dr Rob Long from www.humandymensions.com.au. Once we have the safety moral high ground we can offend anyone, because we care about them? Once I have this moral high ground I can manipulate data for my own ends, I can police others, crusade and oppress others because, in […]

Risk Psychometrics, Spin and Snake Oil

 

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Risk Psychometrics, Spin and Snake Oil Latest article by Dr Robert Long from www.humandymensions.com.au. A great quote from the article: So, let us name safety psychometrics for what it is. Safety psychometrics is workforce eugenics as if humans are not human, as if the absolute of zero is cause for absolute control of humans, as […]

What motivates risk taking?

 

What motivates risk taking? If you don’t understand motivation, imagination and creativity, you will never understand risk. Unbelievable photos from Dr Rob Long’s Safety Leadership Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/groups/152071534818549/ Related PostsMore safety picturesMore Safety Pictures – Men who lack adult supervision Why Do We Love Stupid Safety Photos? Find out here Most Funny Safety Fails Photos […]

How We Make Decisions About Risk

 

Very interesting new article by Dr Rob Long. You simply cannot guarantee the safety of human beings with checklists, regulations and complex procedures. Regardless of any zero harm slogan emblazoned on their shirts, people make decisions rapidly and based on intuition, imagination and past experience. Check out Rob’s new book – “For the Love of […]

Absolute Shocker of the Week

 

Absolute Shocker of the Week Guest Post By Dr Rob Long – see more of his articles HERE Isn’t it amazing how people in the safety profession think it is wonderful to parade photo-shopped images of people being illogical, irrational and nonsensical? It primes the population with the idea that ‘everyone is stupid except me’. […]

Good Luck to the Luck Deniers

 

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Everyone knows that to be successful at gambling you rely on knowing the odds, taking risk and LOTS of luck! Same with everything we do in life and at work. The ZERO HARM advocates think they can control or supress everything, including risk, luck and human fallibility. But how many LTIFR free periods are the […]

Understanding The Social Psychology of Risk And Safety

 

Understanding The Social Psychology of Risk And Safety Dr Rob Long has published a number really interesting articles on the topic (see them here). Understandably, given how the same old systems and techniques have become so firmly entrenched, a number of people have become a tad bewildered about what his particular approach to risk and […]

 

The Ideology of Zero Harm

 

The Ideology of Zero Harm MERRY EASTER!!!! Dr Rob Long takes another swipe at the ridiculous mantra of zero harm and its religious like following. It is pleasing to see a steady move away from this dangerous way of binary thinking. I worked recently with a Construction Contractor who gets this and even convinced their […]

Binary Discipline and The Easy Road of Consequence

 

Binary Discipline and The Easy Road of Consequence Latest by Dr Rob Long – I highly recommend his other Articles HERE and his new book: For The Love of Zero There are many dimensions to the fallibility of being human and many inbuilt psychological mechanisms that operate unconsciously, individually and socially. The idea of behaviourist […]

Safety Leadership Training

 

Safety Leadership Training Frustrated by the lack of quality training/studies currently available in the field of Safety Leadership and Risk Psychology, Dr Rob Long decided to set up his own Post Graduate Program. Having seen Rob in action, this promises to be a very enjoyable, enlightening and education few days! FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT: http://www.humandymensions.com/post-graduate-studies […]

Latest Human Dymensions Newsletter

 

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Latest Human Dymensions Newsletter I get a lot of newsletters flood my inbox each day but I always enjoy reading this one from Human Dymensions. To subscribe visit: http://www.humandymensions.com/mailing-list ENJOY! The Magic of Motivation In the last newsletter the discussion commenced with the importance of imagination in the management of risk. In this newsletter I […]

Common Sense is Non Sense

 

Common Sense is Non Sense Latest article by Dr Rob Long following on from Phil LaDukes article: https://safetyrisk.net/the-greatest-threat-to-safety-might-be-your-safety-training/ I highly recommend Rob’s other Articles HERE and his new book: For The Love of Zero On Tuesday 12 March 2013, Rockhampton-based Arrow Property Maintenance faced the Queensland Coroner’s Court regarding a teenager electrocuted installing home insulation. […]

Should Safety People be ‘Liked’?

 

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Should Safety People be ‘Liked’? Another thought stirrer by Dr Robert Long. I highly recommend his other Articles HERE and his new book: For The Love of Zero I was doing some coaching on building, construction and mining sites this week and I asked some of the people how they thought the safety guy (they […]

Hazard Identification

 

Hazard Identification Interesting comments by Dr Rob Long on his Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/groups/152071534818549/permalink/614033571955674/   When it comes to hazards, all hazards are neutral until activated by the risk of the user. A hazard won’t hurt anyone until a user comes in contact with it. So, there is no real separation between hazards and risk. Of […]

Human Skills for Leadership and Learning in Risk

 

Human Skills for Leadership and Learning in Risk, Lessons from Building and Construction in Canberra By Dr Robert Long Background The most common approach to cultural transformation is through proclamation and manipulation. However, this rarely works. At the time it sounds straight forward. The culture is exposed and declared ‘toxic’ (similar to the recent announcement […]

Compliance or Defiance?

 

Compliance or Defiance? I heard a Manager say recently, “If we try and make it idiot proof then someone will just find us a bigger idiot” Dave Guest post by Dr Rob Long from http://www.humandymensions.com/ It’s a strange thing this binary thinking that uses the strategy of entrapment to beat its own drum. I have […]

Must Attend Event In Perth

 

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DEVELOPING RISK INTELLIGENCE, THE KEY TO INFLUENCING OTHERS TUESDAY 16 APRIL 2013 – Joondalup Resort, Perth, Western Australia SAFETY RISK AND HARM BROCHURE LEADING & INFLUENCING YOUR TEAM Guiding your team safely through the quagmire of prevalent workplace and health and safety issues facing your workplace in 2013 by attending this practical Master Class for […]

Effective Safety Improvement Ideas

 

Successful Safety and Risk Management Initiatives These are some of the entries in our recent Risk Makes Sense – Book Competition. Listed in the order they were submitted: 1) Internal standards of OHS excellence – George Robotham – www.ohschange.com.au One of the best pieces of OHS work I have seen was when one organisation implemented […]

Whatever It Takes

 

‘Whatever it takes’ Another brain buster by Dr Robert Long. I highly recommend his other Articles HERE and his new book: For The Love of Zero Just when we were recovering from drug shortcuts by Lance Armstrong, we discover that drug taking is endemic and enculturated in Australian sport. At the same time as an […]

When will the risk aversion nonsense stop?

 

When will the risk aversion nonsense stop? Guest Post by Dr Rob Long The Herald Sun headlines read ‘KIDS will be banned from blowing out candles on communal birthday cakes, under strict new hygiene rules for childcare.’ (http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/strict-new-hygiene-rules-for-childcare-will-wrap-kids-in-a-bubble-says-ama/story-fncynkc6-1226571089528). Here is the latest is the race to further ‘dumb down’ risk, promote fear and chase after […]

Ancillary Skills for the Risk and Safety Profession

 

Ancillary Skills for the Risk and Safety Profession Latest article by Dr Robert Long. I highly recommend his other Articles HERE and his new book: For The Love of Zero When you look at what preoccupies conferences and training in safety, you couldn’t help but think that to be a safety person you just need […]

Autopilot, Habit, Perception and Risk

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Another thought provoking article by Dr Robert Long. I highly recommend his other Articles HERE and his new book: For The Love of Zero   How many have driven home on automatic, not even remembering much of the trip until they park in the driveway? Autopilot, Habit, Perception and Risk Humans are creatures of habit. […]

Masking Politics with Safety

 

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Another one from Dr Rob Long for our “WTF were they thinking files” on how gutless, narrow minded thinking can use “safety” as an excuse to cover an ulterior motive and destroy all of the hard work done by others with a genuine goal. Surprise, Surprise – a local Government Organisation is behind it! If […]

 

Lies, Shortcuts and Lessons from Armstrong

 

First thought provoking article for the New Year by Dr Robert Long. I highly recommend his other Articles HERE and his new book: For The Love of Zero Lies, Shortcuts and Lessons from Armstrong Much has been made of the Armstrong scandal and many find it hard to believe that someone could be so delusional, […]

Safety Leadership

 

Safety Leadership is not the Basics – 20 Suggestions of Where to Start Article by Dr Rob Long When you do a search on the internet for ‘safety leadership’ the first hit that comes up is a Queensland Government handout, a ‘toolkit for safety leadership’ http://www.pdfdownload.org/pdf2html/view_online.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.deir.qld.gov.au%2Fworkplace%2Fresources%2Fpdfs%2Ftoolkit-safety-leadership.pdf. Can you imagine what the zero harm state would […]

It’s Only Words and Words are all I Have

 

It’s Only Words and Words are all I Have Guest Article by Dr Robert Long – I highly recommend his new book: For The Love of Zero This is the start of the last line to the famous number one hit ‘Words’ by the Bee Gees, but the line has an important message (another Bee […]

Safety Eugenics and the Engineering of Risk Aversion

 

Safety Eugenics and the Engineering of Risk Aversion By Dr Rob Long. Check out his new book The idea that one can diagnose who is an unsafe person via a psychometric test is the latest in the mindless quest for risk aversion. The fact that organisations would want to undertake such a diagnostic is in […]

It’s Projection, You Bloody Idiot!

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It’s Projection, You Bloody Idiot! Guest post by Dr Rob Long – see more of his articles HERE I urge you to check out his new book “For the Love of Zero” So often when people don’t understand behaviour they attribute blame to idiocy. This is a tidy technique for not needing to understand or […]

For the Love of Zero, Human Fallibility and Risk

 

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Dr Rob Long’s New Book “For the Love of Zero” is hot off the the Press and I cannot wait to read it. It seems that, finally, the thinkers amongst us are realising the danger and absurdity of using impossible and negative terminology in programs and slogans aimed at motivating human behaviour, improving workplace culture […]

The Non-Science of Safety Science

 

The Non-Science of Safety Science Guest Post by Dr Rob Long. Rob’s new book is due out shortly and we will be giving you the chance to win a copy – watch this space Enjoy the rest of his work: click here  We seem to throw words about in the safety community like hoop-la at a […]

Predicting Earthquakes and the Fear of Uncertainty

 

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Predicting Earthquakes and the Fear of Uncertainty Guest Post by Dr Rob Long – Scary Stuff!!!! Enjoy the rest of his work: click here The news this week that 6 scientists received goal sentences (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/oct/23/italian-scientist-earthquake-condemns-court) for not communicating effectively about risk should send a shiver up the spine of anyone interested in risk and safety. […]

Risk Safety and the Armstrong Factor

 

Risk, Safety and the Armstrong Factor Guest post by Dr Robert Long – see all of his recent articles HERE We witnessed this week the ‘fall from grace’ of Lance Armstrong.  We have recently witnessed the ‘fall from grace’ of Tiger Woods, Shane Warne and numerous politicians.  What is it about the fallibility of others […]

Spock Logic in Risk and Safety

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Spock Logic in Risk and Safety Another very entertaining yet thought provoking article from the desk of Dr Robert Long. Unless we begin to understand more about how humans truly make decisions we will continue to think that managing risk and safety is a exclusively a rational process. Rob’s new book “For the Love of […]

Engineering, Expertise and Competence in Safety Culture

 

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Engineering, Expertise and Competence in Safety Culture Latest Article by Dr Rob Long. Caution: This article is sure to upset a lot of people in the safety world. Even as an Engineer, I totally agree with his sentiments regarding our ignorance of the human factor. Rob’s new book “For the Love of Zero: Human fallibility […]

If There was a Risk Gene, Would you Engineer it Out?

Another really enjoyable and thought provoking article by Dr Robert Long. There is no learning without risk, risk is not the enemy. Just think of all the inventions and pleasures of life we enjoy had not our pioneers taken risks. Rob’s new book “For the Love of Zero: Human fallibility and Risk”  is due out […]

Cleopatra’s Nose, Circumstance and Predictability

Cleopatra’s Nose, Circumstance and Predictability Another really enjoyable and thought provoking article by Dr Robert Long. Love the analogy of measuring safety performance by LTI as being like measuring effective parenting based on the number of smacks administered! Rob’s new book “For the Love of Zero: Human fallibility and Risk”  is due out in Oct/Nov […]

The Priming of ‘Can Do’ and the Language of Influence

The Priming of ‘Can Do’ and the Language of Influence Latest article by Dr Robert Long for the thinkers amongst us – The language of ‘can-do’ and ‘get the job done’ is viewed by some as good for the workplace. Nothing could be worse. The nonsense language of ‘can-do’, ‘get the job done’, ‘zero harm’ […]

The Last Stick Wasn’t Big Enough

 

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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 […]

Deconstructing Safety and Humans

Deconstructing Safety and Humans Another article by Dr Rob Long – only for the thinking Safety Professional! See more of Rob’s work here. Do yourself a big favour check out his book here. For some reason people in the safety business seem to love reducing things to the most simple (and sometimes simplistic) understanding of […]

Do You Believe in Good and Bad Luck?

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Dr Rob has been a bit quiet of late as he has been busy finishing his second book ‘For the Love of Zero; Human Fallibility and Risk’, due out in October – Me and many, many others cannot wait for that!!! This article is an absolute doozy and is a selection from the book as […]

Risky Behaviour Is A Fact Of Life

Risky Behaviour Is A Fact Of Life Latest article by Phil LaDuke with a great reference to Rob Long’s book “Risk Makes Sense”. This is Phil’s 100th article and I have enjoyed every one of them – please take a moment to leave some feedback to tell him what you think. Read it here: http://philladuke.wordpress.com/2012/09/02/risky-behaviour-is-a-fact-of-life/ […]

We are thinking about it the wrong way!

 

Traditional thinking about Safety & Risk Management just isn’t working As any regular reader of this site would know, I am an ardent fan of the work and teachings of Dr Robert Long. His book, Risk Makes Sense, was a god send to me as it helped “arationalise” (NOT “rationalise”) and put in perspective my […]

An important event not to be missed

 

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Safety and Risk Management guru Dr Rob Long is visiting Brisbane on 31st August and I cant wait to chew some bacon fat with him!!!! FOR MORE DETAILS and REGISTRATION CLICK HERE Related PostsRisk Assessment Checklist Some good examples of Risk Assessment Checklists Our own collection of Risk Assessment Templates – CLICK HERE Manual Handling […]

The Zero Aspiration The Maintenance of a Dangerous Idea

The Zero Aspiration The Maintenance of a Dangerous Idea Dr Rob Long is  presenting this paper at “Visions” in late August and unfortunately anyone outside of Australia will not have the pleasure of attending. As a special treat then, Rob has allowed us to provide his paper as a free download   Not a day […]

Safety in Design for Who by Who?

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As a consumer I always check with www.choice.com.au before I buy a largish item and I am amazed at the comments they make about products being difficult to use or difficult to clean, something confirmed through personal experience. How can a product go into mass production with these issues still inherent? On a Professional level […]

Upside Down Safety and Red Pen Safety Non-Leadership

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Paperwork driven safety……aaaaaaaarrrrrrgggghhhhhh……..Latest article by Dr Robert Long. You should also read the whole series by Rob: CLICK HERE. I highly recommend you check out Rob’s new book “RISK MAKES SENSE” Upside Down Safety and Red Pen Safety Non-Leadership A friend of mine who is the same age as I and who I have coached […]

One Brain, Three Minds

 

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One Brain, Three Minds You have all enjoyed the articles by Dr Robert Long. he will be presenting in Perth and Albany next week (see the flyer below). One of the Keynote presentations is called One Brain, Three Minds: The Key to Understanding Risk. If you cant make it to presentation then will be missing […]

Quirky Things That Work When Trying To Help Others

 

Quirky things that work when trying to help others, by George Robotham (With some guidance from Dr. Robert Long) See their other work here: George Robotham – Robert Long Introduction Regardless of what discipline you work in, the people issues will be the most difficult to manage. Have you ever been in a situation where despite […]

 

No Secrets and the Professionalisation of Safety Knowledge

 

Latest article by Dr Robert Long for the thinkers amongst us – with a few subtle bits of logic thrown in for the unsuspecting. Does your perceived power and knowledge, your “holier than thou” attitude or your safety policing approach lead to under reporting? You should also read the whole series by Rob: CLICK HERE. […]

 

Anthropocentric Safety

 

“the floggings shall continue until morale improves” It is simply delusional to think or espouse that people can be controlled or enforced into total compliance. A mechanical approach to safety, consumed by zero harm, absolutes and statistics is simply alienating, non-inspiring and de-motivational. If you are either smart enough or experienced enough to agree then […]

Binary Opposites and Safety Goal Strategy

Latest article by Dr Robert Long about the absurdity of the Zero Harm philosophy!  If you liked this article then you should read the whole series: CLICK HERE. I highly recommend you check out Rob’s new book “RISK MAKES SENSE” Quote from the article: The denial of the zero goal is not an assertion that […]

Safety Leadership Essentials

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Plenty of snake oil being peddled out there. Don’t fall for the slick sales and marketing ploys with no substance. Latest article by Dr Robert Long in response to one such experience!  If you liked this article then you should read the whole series: CLICK HERE. I highly recommend you check out Rob’s new book […]

Understanding Safety Goals

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Unless the safety community are prepared to be a bit more sophisticated and less simplistic about goal setting we will continue to fuel scepticism via non-sense prevention goals like zero harm, rather than safety promotion in the workplace. Another brilliant article by Dr Robert Long! Again, no apologies to the Zero Harm fans! If you […]

Olympic Goals and Zero Harm

 

If this article and the excellent analogies provided by Dr Robert Long doesn’t convince you that the philosophy of “Zero Harm” is at serious odds with the path to success and achievement of reasonable goals in the real world then nothing will and you are a lost cause. If you liked this article then you […]

The Stress Observation Safety Dilemma

Have you overrated your Safety Observation Skills?. Latest article by Dr Robert Long. If you liked this article then you should read the whole series: CLICK HERE. I highly recommend you check out Rob’s new book “RISK MAKES SENSE” The Stress Observation Safety Dilemma I recently conducted a MiProfile survey with 22 middle managers in […]

Objectivity, Audits and Attribution When Calculating Risk

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So you reckon you can calculate risk to 3 decimal places?? Think again. Latest article by Dr Robert Long, that may make you rethink your belief in Risk Assessment as being objective!. If you liked this article then you should read the whole series: CLICK HERE. I highly recommend you check out Rob’s new book […]

A Guide to Psychosocial Safety Skills

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A Guide to Psychosocial Safety Skills We last published a short article on Psychosocial Safety by Dr Robert Long here: What is Psychosocial Safety. Rob has kindly given us permission to publish the entire guide. DOWNLOAD THE PAPER HERE: Extract: Psychosocial Safety Concept Map The key to understanding psychosocial safety is to understand how context […]

Anniversary–Beaconsfield Mine Collapse

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Anniversary–Beaconsfield Mine Collapse The sixth anniversary of The Beaconsfield Mine collapse approaches. The collapse occurred on 25 April 2006 in Beaconsfield, Tasmania, Australia. Of the seventeen people who were in the mine at the time, fourteen escaped immediately following the collapse, one, Larry Knight, was killed and the remaining two, Brant Webb and Todd Russell, […]

Supernatural Safety

This may turn even the zero harm zealots! Latest article by Dr Robert Long. If you liked this article then you should read the whole series: CLICK HERE. I highly recommend you check out Rob’s new book “RISK MAKES SENSE” Supernatural Safety Talking about the supernatural is not in vogue these days. The membership of […]

“Risk Makes Sense” Book Review

Review of the Robert Long book Risk Makes Sense by George Robotham See more details about the book HERE In my view this book is a substantial addition to the body of knowledge about Risk and OHS. Written from a psychological perspective it puts into print many of the things I have figured out for […]

Cameras, Concentration and a ‘Crock’ of Non-Safety

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Latest article by Dr Robert Long with an interesting, everyday example of how some attempts to manage safety and achieve zero harm can be seriously detrimental. If you liked this article then you should read the whole series: CLICK HERE. I highly recommend you check out Rob’s new book “RISK MAKES SENSE” Cameras, Concentration and […]

What Does Self Harm Teach us About Safety and Risk

Another very interesting article by Dr Robert Long about the nonsense non-human goals, like Zero Harm, that CEOs set in safety and risk. If you liked this article then you should read the whole series: CLICK HERE. I highly recommend you check out Rob’s new book “RISK MAKES SENSE” What Does Self Harm Teach us […]

Safety and Risk Professionalisation

Following on from the popular and somewhat divisive article “Arrogant Safety Professionals Take Note” Dr Robert Long Takes a look at the problems associated with Professionalisation of the Safety and Risk Function particularly where the accepted characteristics of Professionals do not align well with the intention of human service. If you liked this article then […]

More Bricks and Mortar for the Amphitheatre of Denial

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Another interesting article by Dr Robert Long! If any zero harm fundamentalists or cult members are offended……..great! – If you liked this article then you should read the whole series: CLICK HERE. I highly recommend you check out Rob’s new book “RISK MAKES SENSE” More Bricks and Mortar for the Amphitheatre of Denial Sigmund Freud […]

Anxiety and Fear Professionals

“When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat.” – Nelson Mandela.  Another great article by Dr Robert Long to stir the pot! – If you liked this article then you should read the whole series: CLICK HERE. I highly recommend you check out Rob’s new book “RISK MAKES SENSE” – […]

Measurement and Psychosocial Safety

Another great article by Dr Robert Long to add to the thinking pot! – If you liked this article then you should read the whole series: CLICK HERE. I highly recommend you check out Rob’s new book “RISK MAKES SENSE” – click on image in right column to read precise. If you ask the wrong […]

Safety Culture Trends in Building and Construction 2012

Been quite a few safety survey results released today which many of you may have read – these are a tad more interesting and useful I reckon! Courtesy of Dr Robert Long – see more of his work HERE Safety Culture Trends in Building and Construction 2012 Results from the Human Dymensions National MiProfile Safety […]

Double Speak in Managing Risk and Safety

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Enthusiasm, Motivation and Double Speak in Managing Risk and Safety Another excellent piece by Dr Robert Long  to keep the ball rolling – If you liked this article then you should read the whole series: CLICK HERE. I highly recommend you check out Rob’s new book “RISK MAKES SENSE” – click on image in right […]

Is BBS Credible?

Is Behavior Based Safety (BBS) Credible? or, ‘Don’t Mention the War’ Another controversial little gem by Dr Robert Long – If you liked this article then you should read the whole series: CLICK HERE. I highly recommend you check out Rob’s new book “RISK MAKES SENSE” – click on image to read precise The sixth […]

Risk Makes Sense – Book Competition

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Risk Makes Sense – Book Competition – ENDED It is no secret that we are big fans of the work of Dr Robert Long (you can read some of his inspirational articles here). He has just released his new book and we are really pleased to announce a short competition for those interested in receiving […]

Safety on work sites ‘dumbed down’

 

Interesting article in today’s Canberra Times, quoting our guest author Dr Robert Long (see his work here) Safety on work sites ‘dumbed down’ BY JOHN THISTLETON 08 Feb, 2012 01:00 AM A safety and risk assessment consultant engaged after the Beaconsfield Mine disaster says safety on Canberra construction sites is being dumbed down and over-regulated. […]

Risk and Cultural Values

Cultural Values and Translation by Trade Another little gem by Dr Robert Long – If you liked this article then you should read the whole series: CLICK HERE. I highly recommend you check out Rob’s new book “RISK MAKES SENSE” – click on image to read precise One of the most important things we discover […]

Risk Makes Sense

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Finally a Book About Risk That Makes Sense For some time now we have been privileged to have Dr Robert Long writing some very interesting and provocative articles about creative and effective ways to manage risk in the workplace. They have proven very popular – See them all here You know all about Legislation, Codes […]

Safety Culture Sinks Ships

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See all the amazing photos here: http://cryptome.org/2012-info/costa-concordia/0041.htm Culture not Rocks Sink Ships Another guest post by Dr Robert Long – If you liked this article then you should read the whole series: CLICK HERE These amazing photos of the Costa Concordia are a stark reminder that poor safety culture sinks ships. The picture of the […]

Cautions in eLearning Safety

I have long been concerned about the warm fuzzy feeling employers get from providing online, generic safety inductions, particularly for contractors who are then let loose in the workplace. Another great article from Dr Robert Long If you loved this article then you should read the whole series: CLICK HERE Cautions in eLearning Safety How can I know what […]

Zero Harm

What’s the Issue with the language of Zero? Another guest post by Dr Robert Long – If you loved this article then you should read the whole series: CLICK HERE Leaders and researchers know that language and discourse are critical elements of cultural formation. The research (John Bargh) shows that how we “pitch” our message, “frame” our message and […]

  • jwala sharma (RELIANCE)

    If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart”

    That is called the psychology of safety