Zero Harm

Sticks and Stones and the Nonsense of Zero Harm When we were kids we were taught the rhyme ‘sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never harm me’ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sticks_and_Stones ). This mantra is such a silly childish semiotic that totally ignores the nature of how language affects the mind. The truth is, words ...… Discover more >>>>>

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SAFETY MENTAL HEALTHMental 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 and safety. ...… 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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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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Top 10 Things About Safety and Risk That Only a Handful of People Know Republished by request    Here are 10 and a bit things about safety that I plucked from some recent blog posts, that singularly or collectively only a handful of people may know. Or, if they knew them, perhaps did not know them well? Of ...… Discover more >>>>>

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TRIFR Safety Zombies The surge in interest in the zombie phenomena (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zombie) across media, social media, movies and literature is extensive. The zombie apocalypse (societal breakdown) projects a widespread (usually global) rise of zombies hostile to human life that engage in a general assault on civilization. The surge in interest in zombies was anchored to the ...… Discover more >>>>>

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Innocence and Justice in Safety

by Dr Rob Long
Innocence and Justice in Safety Jung rightly names Safety as the archetype of innocence . Innocence is linked to the quest for justice and purity, zero harm. The ideology of zero harm endorses the archetype of the innocence-safety discourse, a sign of immaturity. The quest for perfection believes in the ultimate justice that perfection is attainable ...… Discover more >>>>>
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