Tag Archives: Safety Culture

Safety Culture – a steam in a teacup?

Last month, I was asked to speak at a meeting of one of my long-term clients. The subject was “safety culture”. It’s something I’m interested in, but I decided I’d better do some research. And it turns out there is neither a consensus about what it is, nor that it is even needed! The scientific paper I used The paper is …

Road safety and “Zero Harm”

Hey, Road Safety Summit team in Wellington. I see the Minister wants “A new road safety strategy and the steps we need to get there.” She needs “A clear idea of the outcomes we want”. She has also been using THAT word “transformational”. The one the Boss uses. So I’m here to help! “Audacious!” The “audacious” …

Fear of failure and pencil-whipping

I suspect that directors and managers so often end up injecting fear into their organisations by their table thumping approach to health and safety. How many times have we found that organisations claiming to have long and distinguished “zero accident” records are simply kidding themselves? They may even believe their own all-important statistics, …

Balanced risks in society

The Fire Service is in a dangerous business. They walk into places when we are running out. It’s their job. Tempting, perhaps, to assume that accepting danger is part of the deal. But the Fire Service Commission has the same safety responsibilities to their employees as any other employer. They just can’t walk away when the going gets tough. …