I am at a loss for words how some people can follow such out of context topics like; Unlearning orthodox safety topics, living in grey, being loose, thinking that embracing risk is great in the workplace, that being childlike is what is needed in the workplace, That all people who take safety serious are spud-heads, that hindsight investigation has no value, that blame for incidents should not be attributed to those who cause incidents...the list grows.
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!
Is Treating all Hazards the Same Endangering Lives?
See Phil La Duke post HERE and comments to see what this pyramid is about (just a bit fun). Do like this Comment from Dr Long (shows ignorance)
"I just don't get this fixation with hazards in safety - 'The secret to eliminating injuries lies in removing hazards (whether behavioral, system, or procedural)' How does someone know something is a hazard? If you have named a hazard, or even know of a hazard, how does this eliminate or modify the risk?"
Dear Mr Long, hazards are found, and since they are found they can be addressed. To manger these hazards is to change the Risk. There is no fixation on hazards, it is part of the job and part of what we all should be looking out for. If you don't understand this basic stuff, stop selling you books on safety.