Right to be cynical

I have seen safety web sites put down and criticise so many aspects of safety and further confuse the safety sector by adding more over complication and trying to add more role obligations onto safety workers. It is only fair people have the chance to see the realist side of things.

This is that site.

I do not live in any dream world, I have nothing to sell, nor am I promoting any business tacts. What I do want is some sense put back in safety as too much has been taken out....in my opinion

The Art of Persuasion and humble enquiry (being sold in safety) are every con-persons genuineness. Humble enquiry and all other means to get people to buy things or believe in things is just plain manipulation. Anyone who disagrees is not ethical or just naive; as ethical people do not practice persuasion to sell ideas, and smart people do not endorse it, they practice moral advice that allows those to persuade themselves to a new way. Free chapters of books, free samples of systems, and all other tempters are all those things in which those who practice persuasion use to buy you, suck you in...wake up. Safety needs to get back to the basics first, as this first step has not been completed!

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The CSC of safety

Simple... (ok maybe crude)...but you'd get my point! maybe...
As I have been saying for a long time (even before I started writing about safety) and for which is constant theme in my writing, we need to start just doing the simple in managing risk in workplace. We humans are not in any position or deserving for that matter to take on anything but a simple approach to providing methods to give a result of safety, whether we like to admit it or not...

"We are not so smart as yet to attribute simple failure to lack of complexity"MD

"We choose complexity as it is much easier to blame the failure on a complex concept than an easy one" MD
When I talk about using simple; people who are trying to sell snake oil products or some other grab for cash topic start to jump up and down and loath my thoughts and principles as it bad for their business. This is because ‘simple’ does not make money, ‘simple’ does not sell, and simple does not make one ‘more better’ than the next.
In our humanised world, if something is not promoted as more complex, better, world class etc... it must not be worth it. Simple is for that ‘other’ immature lax company they say...we are more than they; they we need complex systems and solutions for a mature complex organisation such as what we are...as we are also world leaders.

On an individual “I” level, we say they same things to ensure we are better than the Joneses. We want more and better to appear more or better even though we are not more or better. Only fools who persist in this perfectionist folly are fooled by such a concept. No matter what we have it is never enough until we suffer from the Irish Elk Dilemma HERE. 

In my philosophy I have had to make three levels to explain my point  called CSC.

1.   Crude

2.   Simple

3.   Complex

In risk management for example, the three levels would look something like this before doing a task within a company (keeping my points very crude);

1.   Crude – A general talk between workers (not using any applicable method). no practice etc

2.   Simple  – Following Acts and regulations, following risk management principles such as described in ISO 31000 and relevant codes of practice, and using competent internal knowledge. Allowing time for consultation. Practice of tasks for competency etc.

3.   Complex – Following ISO 31000 principles and relevant codes of practice, standards etc, but also including external specialised expertise to assist in the process (like  HERE & HERE & HERE ) - Complex is also that of what is done prior to release (engineering, science etc).

Now, I believe that a very high percent of negative events that occur in the workplace happen because the simple has not been followed or even implemented (when I use the term ‘followed’, I mean done with all due practicality at the simple level...it does not mean ignoring anything known to be true). Most incidents occur because the organisation works favourably in the crude area (although advertise they are in the complex area). This is because costs and time restraints (pressures) condition/set that level of commitment of providing a practicable level of due diligence and best practice.

So, this is why I have to ask, how many organisations actually practice simple safety? And why are they to ashamed to say they do when I would say over 90% of events would not occur is simple was followed.

Simple safety would have averted the loss of NASA Challenger, Simple safety would have averted Pike River, and Simple safety would have averted many other catastrophic tragic events. So I think if we practiced simple topics, the need for such complex solutions would not be needed in many cases (keeping in mind many issue would have already been resolved in the safety in design processes - if such processes where not effected by pressures).

You would not need external experts having to come in and tell us what happened because things provided in the simple safety in design process (which very much includes risk management) would be the best as practicable anyway for mitigating certain and known risks. If Pressure to Produce (PTP) was forced onto workers, then Pressure Induced Inconvenient Events (PIIE) HERE would have less chance of occurring.
An example of a PIIE - HERE & HERE

You would not need a safety sign telling anyone inducted, because the training would be done properly (without fast tracking) and everyone would have common sense of those presented risks (if not they would not be doing/or allowed to do the task). All known and certain risks would have had a chance to be educated, mitigated, and understood.

As I sit here, I wonder if we are ever going to get it. Are we ever going to accept that a simple cake HERE can be a real winner that meets our needs? Are we capable to understand that always wanting a “complex better” can end in a Irish Elk. Are we smart enough to say...you know what, lets get it the simple stuff working best before exposing ourselves to complex topics that may only make things worse due to people switching off.
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