Points of view

How to make your organisation better, or even the best

Strive to make your organisation a better place with better practices and with a good environment in which everyone can do good work.  Then, when you get better, you can go again and become an even better place! Do positive things, think positive thoughts; do something that enhances your organisation’s processes and makes them better. Ensure that everyone is involved in doing good work, not just the leaders. … Read more

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Interested in safety, or money?

What would your reaction be if I wrote that I was not really interested in reducing the number of people who are injured, or even those who have incidents that don’t result in anything other than embarrassment?  What would you say if I wrote that I am not interested in stopping the suffering and hurt and pain for the families … Read more

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Who should lead organisational change?

In January 2015 the car carrier Hoegh Osaka capsized after leaving Southampton.  The report about what happened was published today, 17th March. As far as I can see there is not one conclusion or recommendation or action taken that can be attributed to the company management. If one doesn’t understand Human Factors (HF) or Crew Resource Management (CRM) or whatever … Read more

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Some thoughts about how to make you and your organisation safe(r):

Safety is what we do and not a series of projects and initiatives. Be safe! Do positive things, think positive thoughts; don’t just use negative ideas. Add something that enhances safety. Don’t just do ‘Stop’, ‘Prevent’ etc. Don’t strive for zero injuries; strive for becoming a better place with better practices and a good environment. There are several reasons; one … Read more

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Is safety a priority for an organisation?

Should ‘safety’ be the first priority for an organisation? My simple answer to the question is ‘No’! I also don’t believe that safety should always be the first item on the agenda at meetings. If safety is the first priority, then by definition there are other aspects of work that are also vying for a place on the list of priorities. … Read more

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The dripping tap – is the workplace performing well?

The tap that drips or not can tell us a lot about the workplace The misspelt word can tell us a lot about the workplace What do I mean by that? How can looking in the kitchen or the washroom, to see whether a tap drips or not, help you determine the quality of the work or the performance of … Read more

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Someone made a mistake today

Someone made a mistake at work today. It wasn’t too bad! It only led to one hour rework of a document that needed to be sent today to one of the smaller clients of the business. No- one was hurt, no-one was affected and once it had been discussed the person who made that mistake is unlikely to do it … Read more

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Someone got hurt at work today

Someone got hurt at work today. It wasn’t too bad! He’ll only be off work for a few days He could have been hurt badly, but in this case it wasn’t too serious. So that’s alright then! I don’t even know what happened or what the outcome was, but if someone asks me whether it could have been prevented, my … Read more

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Is an office any safer than a hazardous site?

Is working in an office environment and achieving the desired result any different from working safely in a hazardous environment? If you take that question in its broadest sense there can’t be a difference. Everything we do when we try to work safely can be reflected in the way we work in an office environment. Working safely involves making no … Read more

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Because we have always done it this way!

How many people do something at work just because ‘it’s the way we have always done it’? Because they thought it was established practice. The following paragraph is taken from a report about the trial in South Korea of the crew of the ferry which sank in April 2014 and which caused the loss of over 300 lives. ‘When he … Read more

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