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The found art of safety

file000884974361There is a growing movement in safety.  It is one that recognises that we need to approach safety differently if we are to make advances as a profession.  It is therefore inevitable that the discussion turns to education.  What should we be teaching safety professionals (old and new)?  Do we need different safety training for a different approach to safety?  For what it is worth I don't think that better, more or different education for safety professionals … Continue Reading ››

What is it good for?

DSCN5808fIf I am asked 'what is it that I love about safety' my response is 'the ability to be creative'.  There is a huge scope to be creative when working in safety.  Coming up with solutions, thinking of different ways to present information, creating interactive activities, thinking of ways to generate discussion.  The possibilities are endless.  But that can also be a problem.  Let's assume that you believe in working outside the box.  That you … Continue Reading ››

Work outside the box

file000812632808The other day I was trawling through the internet and an article caught my eye.  It was an article by Dan Scotti and was about the psychology behind messy rooms.  Dan challenges the idea that being organised is a direct key to success and that being messy is a quick path to failure.  As Dan points out 'There has always been this sort of “urban legend” that has floated around modern society deeming … Continue Reading ››

Hot spots

file000485067262Do you believe in coincidental meetings?  I do.  I love the fact that you never know where a conversation could lead.  I love the potential.  And I don't mean in a 'When Harry met Sally' kind of way.  I am talking about the possibility of the spark of a new idea.  What I am talking about is Hot Spots. I first saw Professor Lynda Gratton when I attended a HR Conference in 2008.  She told the most wonderful story about chocolate deodorant when presenting on Hot Spots. … Continue Reading ››

Laughed ’till my head fell off

file0001195347088When you think about it, safety is a serious business.  Whether it is about preventing injuries or supporting successful outcomes, no matter how you look at it, no one wants people to get hurt.  But I wonder.  Does the serious nature of safety stifle our creativity?  If you have a bit of fun with safety do people think that you aren’t taking it seriously? Following on from their 2009 safety briefing Nothing to Hide, last year Air New Zealand launched its onboard … Continue Reading ››

Need(le) for change

file9851348465775In my spare time I like to make things.  I mostly sew clothes, bags and toys using secondhand fabrics.  I find inspiration from old tablecloths, vintage sheets, dresses no longer worn.  I also find inspiration from the work of others and I mostly do this through Facebook.  There is something that I have noticed about the craft community.  It is a community that consists of mostly generous people who are willing to support each other and willing to share.  It is also … Continue Reading ››

Two sides to every control

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI have been reading a thought-provoking book, Adapt (Why success always starts with failure) by Tim Harford.  While it isn't a book on safety there is much to learn from Tim.  He argues that today's challenges simply cannot be tackled with ready-made solutions and expert opinion.  The world has become far too unpredictable, and profoundly complex.  Tim argues that instead we must learn to adapt. He uses many real life events, strategies and organisations to illustrate his … Continue Reading ››

What happened to creativity?

file7491250647364The other day I was fortunate to come across a quote by Sir Ken Robinson. "If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original". Even better, there was a link to his talk Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity. His contention is that creativity is now as important in education of children as literacy and that it should be treated with the same status. Listening to his talk I was struck by how … Continue Reading ››

Behind the scenes

file000577928669The words 'risk taking' and 'safety professional' aren't often used together. Sure, we have heard the story of the safety professional who failed a site drug and alcohol test. The safety professional who didn't follow the working at heights procedure. Well, I'm not talking about these people or this type of risk taking. I think that we should be taking risks in safety. Safety is not going to improve if we keep doing the same things. How can we expect change if we aren't prepared … Continue Reading ››

It’s not what, but who you know

file000912049364It has been some 20 years since I was in the dating scene. And I am sure that in that time things have changed. But some things must have stayed the same. Sometimes you are lucky enough to meet an interesting person. Someone that you would like to spend time with, see where it leads. This is where you have a few options. One is to try to impress them, dazzle them with your personality, wow them … Continue Reading ››