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6 Simple Steps to Declutter Your Safety Management System

Posted by Deirdre McConn on Jan 10, 2023 1:08:35 PM

stack of proceduresDecluttering a safety management system is an important task that can help ensure that your organisation effectively manages risks and keeps employees safe. A cluttered and disorganised safety management system can be confusing, hard to navigate, and even create additional risks if important information is not easily accessible. In this blog post, we'll discuss the steps you can take to declutter your safety management system and keep it organised, up-to-date, and effective.

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Topics: Safety Management Systems, Safety Differently

Learning from performance variation, not just failure

Posted by Robert O'Neill on Aug 2, 2022 5:54:39 PM

contact-form-bg-280x240The Health and Safety profession has made great strides in safety performance over the last 50 years, technology has become safer to use, and techniques such as HAZOP and bowtie analysis have given us ways to think about and manage hazards. This approach has served the industry well, but safety performance has recently stalled. 

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Topics: Organisational Resilience, Safety Differently

Safety auditing differently with humble inquiry

Posted by Robert O'Neill on Oct 5, 2021 3:50:55 PM

Screen Shot 2021-10-05 at 3.23.11 pmHave you ever been involved in a safety investigation where you felt like you were being interrogated?

You felt like you've done something wrong, and the intention was more to find out how you should be punished than how your organisation could learn

Sadly many of us have either had that or heard about others that have had that particular experience, yet the fact is that such an approach does very little to improve safety.  

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Topics: Reviews, Audits and Inspections, Organisational Resilience, Safety Differently

Overcoming the tick & flick. The road to adaptive capacity

Posted by Robert O'Neill on Apr 12, 2021 2:56:01 PM

overcoming the safety tick n flick

Work as imagined (WAI) versus work as a done (WAD), some abstract terms, but really useful in terms of their implications. We could also refer to the terms collectively, a different label, the job perception gap.

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Topics: Safety Culture, Safety coaching, Safety Differently

Simplifying safety systems and reducing the weight of compliance

Posted by Robert O'Neill on Mar 26, 2021 11:18:12 AM

469577905-280x240The past principles and practices of safety management have served us really well and they will continue to do so particularly for simple tasks where individuals or small groups are carrying out things where the risks are well-known and not much is changing in the environment.

However, what happens when a procedure doesn't fit the situation?


What happens if something unexpected strikes and there's no rule to cover the situation?

What happens if we chose to go outside the procedure to get things done?

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Topics: Safe Systems of Work, Safety Management Systems, Organisational Resilience, Safety Differently