By Dr. Marloes Nitert and Dr. Sidney Dekker Those who’ve been around safety (and particularly safety differently) long enough, know that LTI (Lost Time Injuries) is a lousy safety measure. LTI, after all, was once instituted as a productivity measure, not a safety measure. But LTI is actually quite a silly measure too. This blog … Continue reading When does a reduction in injury numbers become statistically significant?
I hear lots of people saying how much they like the principles of safety differently, but just do not know how, or where to start with this as none of the books tell you how to do it. As my time at London Luton Airport draws to a close, I’m going to try to summarise … Continue reading The London Luton Airport Safety Differently Journey
I recently pondered that if your car dashboard performance indicators, fuel level, speed, and oil pressure, operated under the mechanisms of a safety performance system, what would be the result? Over the past two decades, safety resourcing, focus, and intervention have been subjugated by performance management dogma, contending that “safety” can only be present … Continue reading If your car dashboard was run by a safety performance system
The most pressing question for many people who are already ‘sold’ on Safety Differently is ‘how do you do it?’ How do you enable and empower people and their organization to develop and implement Safety Differently? This is what micro-experiments help you do. If you’ve seen Safety Differently, the Movie, you will know about ‘The … Continue reading The Woolworths Experiment
by Josh Bryant Mitchell Services, which performs drilling and other earthworks jobs for a range of different clients, has implemented ‘Safety Differently.’ At the bottom of the post is a film they submitted as part of a nomination for a safety award which introduces their approach. 1: What was the work health and safety performance issue? … Continue reading From the ‘how’ to the ‘what’ of Safety Differently — Mitchell Services Case Study
Over the last month have I become more familiar with the concepts of Safety I and Safety Differently and I must admit that after watching several of Professor Sidney Dekker’s videos I am hooked. What has really grabbed me is the emphasis on people providing solutions, with autonomy and engagement in what happens, and building … Continue reading Why Safety Differently is like outstanding customer service
Hello everyone in the Safety Differently community! I just wanted to take a few minutes of your precious time to update you on the happenings over here at SafetyDifferently.com and draw your attention to a few resources you might find interesting and useful. Updates So, as some of you may know already, I have taken … Continue reading Updates and Resources
In his 2014 Safety I and Safety II: The past and future of safety management, Erik Hollnagel makes the argument that we should not (just) try to stop things from going wrong. Instead, we need to understand why most things go right, and then ensure that as much as possible indeed goes right. It seems … Continue reading Why do things go right?
In our rush to judgment we rarely intend to do harm. Often, we react to incomplete or even scant information, fit it into our own mental model of how things should be and then jump to conclusions that could inflict harm. Last week, CBS Morning News showed a film clip of a man snagging a … Continue reading Rush to judgment
One of my favourite articles is The Complexity of Failure written by Sidney Dekker, Paul Cilliers, and Jan-Hendrik Hofmeyr. In this posting I’d like to shed more light on the contributions of Paul Cillliers. Professor Cilliers was a pioneering thinker on complexity working across both the humanities and the sciences. In 1998 he published Complexity and Postmodernism: … Continue reading 7 Implications of Complexity for Safety