Zero Harm Articles

by Dave Collins on August 14, 2013


ZERO HARM ARTICLES

 

Thinking About Harm

Depositphotos_9428687_xs_thumb.jpg

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 Risk and Safety Program Essentials

 

image_thumb.png

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

 

image_thumb.png

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 […]

 

 

The Problem With ZERO Goals and Results

Depositphotos_32115919_xs.jpg

The Problem With ZERO Goals and Results By Alan Quilley I’ve been doing a great deal of thinking and writing about the variety of associated problems with using injury data to support the belief that low injury/damage results equate to a corporation being safe. The truth is that very safely operating companies have very low […]

 

Safety as Faith Healing

image_thumb.png

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 […]

 

What’s Faith Got To Do With Safety

 

Depositphotos_7499759_xs_thumb.jpg

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 […]

 

 

They’re Only Words….. Aren’t They?

 

Depositphotos_31175389_xs_thumb.jpg

They’re Only Words….. Aren’t They? Latest article by Rob Sams from Dolphin Safety Systems. Rob has written some very popular and thought provoking articles lately – SEE THEM ALL HERE “Words provide a voice to our deepest feelings. I tell you, words have started and stopped wars. Words have built and lost fortunes. Words have […]

 

 

Mental Health, Risk and Safety – Part 2

image_thumb.png

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 […]

 

The Madness Of Measuring Nothing

cg_measuring-cup.gif

The Madness Of Measuring Nothing First published Phil La Duke on his blog See the whole article here Phil says: In a business climate where every company seems to live and die by its metrics one important business element is often over looked, or worse yet is misleading business leaders. Safety has been poorly measured […]

Debunking the Myth of The Inevitability of Injuries

Depositphotos_35328331_xs_thumb.jpg

Debunking the Myth of The Inevitability of Injuries Exclusive Guest Post By Phil La Duke Like this? More of Phil’s work here Recently I wrote a blog article that defending, ostensibly, zero-injury goals; it was a ruse, a bait and switch, a verbal slight of a hand. It’s not that I wanted to mislead anyone, […]

More Bricks and Mortar for the Amphitheatre of Denial

clip_image002

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 […]

Defending Zero-Injury Goals

Depositphotos_32115919_xs_thumb.jpg

Stop Worrying About Injuries: Defending Zero-Injury Goals Ok I have been accused of being unfairly critical of zero harm goals and those who support them – guilty! But I would like to share this blog article by Phil LaDuke – only because Phil has managed to produce a well considered argument, not totally in support […]

Words Can Change Your Brain

Depositphotos_7615019_xs_thumb.jpg

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 […]

Symbols Have Power

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 […]

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 […]

Zero Harm or Zero Pessimism

Zero Harm or Zero Pessimism Very interesting article by Sidney Dekker from the Safety Differently Blog about the manipulation that becomes the logical response to Zero Harm visions and targets. His final message is: “don’t worry about the dependent variable. It is what it is. Worry instead about the manipulable variables, and proudly talk about […]

Zealots – A Cause For Concern?

Zealots – A Cause For Concern? Guest post by George Robotham from www.ohschange.com.au Introduction After many years involvement in OHS I have found I handle the technical issues fairly well but often fall down on the people issues. Over recent times I have developed the belief people in OHS roles should receive education in psychology […]

You Don’t Believe in Common Sense?

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 […]

Simple or Simplistic Risk and Safety

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 […]

A Humorous Look at How NOT To Do Safety

A Humorous Look at How NOT To Do Safety A very funny series by Murray Hurry from Safety Pro in NZ – Unfortunately just a little bit close to how it’s actually done Part 1: What not to do with Manuals Gudday mate, Murray Hurry here, your Corporate Safety Officer. You remember me, the guy […]

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 […]

The Yo-Yo Delusion and Conversations About Risk

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 […]

Are we victims of our own systems?

Are we victims of our own systems? Really awesome recent discussion in WHS Leadership Linkedin Forum: Are we victims of our own systems? "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 […]

QLD SAFETY SHOW

AMAZING – NOT ONE MENTION OF “ZERO HARM” AND HOW AWESOME IT IS? Media Release – 24th May 2011 “Turbocharge Safety with Queensland Safety Show Seminars” Jump on board for a massive head-start in the safety journey, with the help of 13 industry leaders and safety experts who are gearing up to provide attendees with […]

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 […]

Beat This Zero Harm Record

Beat This Zero Harm Record Should be an awesome BBQ and some great little trinkets handed out!! Imagine how nervous they all would have been on day 25,914,999,999!!! I wonder who is claiming all the glory for the remarkable success of their systems and procedures? Um…… what was it happened to the Dinosaurs again? Thanks […]

Safety Essentials

Safety Essentials Just came across this glossy brochure from Leightons Contractors which outlines their approach to Managing Health and Safety. Although they just had to state their goal as “Zero Harm” (aaarrrggghhh) at least they are realistic enough to highlight their current focus: “To eliminate the potential for fatalities and permanent disabilities, and systematically reduce […]

Are Safer Workplaces More Dangerous?

Are Safer Workplaces More Dangerous? One of our Readers “Wynand” recently made a brilliant comment On Rob Long’s article, Safety Justifies Anything and Everything and I thought it was worth highlighting (see below). So, are workplaces that are perceived as “safe”, either because there are no obvious hazards or there has never been a serious […]

Zero Incident Goals Motivate Risk-Taking, Not Excellence

Zero Incident Goals Motivate Risk-Taking, Not Excellence Great article from ProAct Safety Zero incident programs and goals are the desires of average safety cultures, not excellently-performing ones. Organizations that have achieved sustainability of excellent results in culture and performance define, measure and motivate what they want, rather than what they don’t.

Risk Psychometrics, Spin and Snake Oil

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 […]

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

Pass Me Another SWMS Leo, The Last One Was Too Short 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. See […]

$Zillion spent on Zero Harm and then………

$Zillion spent on Zero Harm and then……… Who knows how much time, money and resources are spent on trying to ensure zero harm comes to the US President? I’m guessing many times the Zero Harm budgets of all our large mining and construction companies put together – and for just one person! However, as we […]

People and Safety

People and safety Article by George Robotham – Download his free Safety EBooks Here Introduction In the push to implement complex, integrated management system, long ponderous paper work, bureaucracy, the latest fads, self serving commercial safety management systems, buzz words such as Zero Harm and the other assorted bull shit that often happens in safety, […]

Zero Harm or 100% Safe?

Zero Harm or 100% Safe? Both phrases mean the same thing but which is more positive and credible? I caught a flight home this afternoon and for the first time in a while decided to really listen to the pre take off safety briefing. You have all heard it before…………then near the end they said […]

Phil La Duke is Full Of @#$%

Phil La Duke is Full Of @#$% Great read by Phil LaDuke reflecting honestly and self critically on the last decade of his career and how his various epiphanies have determined his current values. Whether you agree with the title of the article or not it is damn hard to argue with its content!  Read […]

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 […]

The Problem With ZERO Goals and Results

The Problem With ZERO Goals and Results By Alan Quilley I’ve been doing a great deal of thinking and writing about the variety of associated problems with using injury data to support the belief that low injury/damage results equate to a corporation being safe. The truth is that very safely operating companies have very low […]

{ 0 comments }

Queensland Rail Zero Harm Policy

by Dave Collins on February 11, 2011

Queensland Rail Zero Harm Policy.

A security guard blames the increase in drunken behaviour in trains directly on QRs new ZERO HARM POLICY. Click the link above to read more.


{ 0 comments }

Towards a future of zero harm

February 11, 2011

Towards a future of zero harm | Manufacturers Monthly. Nathan Cartwright uncovers the complex relationship between safety and environmental responsibility. THE 80′s and 90′s saw introduction and refining of environment protection legislation in the various state and territory jurisdictions. To complement the introduction of these acts there was an increase in the resources allocated to […]

Read the full article →

Zero Harm at Work

February 11, 2011

Zero Harm at Work WHS QLD Zero Harm at Work means no harm to anyone, anytime while at work and is the underlying philosophy for Workplace Health and Safety in Queensland for the next 10 years and beyond. Its aim is to foster a cultural change in the way workplaces think about workplace health and […]

Read the full article →

Zero Harm – Hype or Hope?

February 11, 2011

Zero Harm – Hype or Hope? By Tom Gardener It now seems that just about every firm has a Zero Harm program in one form or another. Such programs are in place across industries and across countries and even the most basic search for health and safety information will bring up references to Zero Harm. […]

Read the full article →