March 10, 2019
Before we get into it, let's define what we mean.
Human Error: The undisputed fact that people make mistakes unintentionally. It's a normal part of being human. In personal safety, it is caused mostly by inattention.
Agnosia: A neurological condition that leads to a lack...
February 24, 2019
In 1936, Kurt Lewin wrote a simple equation that improved the way we think about human behaviour.
He postulated that behaviour (B) is a function of the person (P) and the environment (E) or as it is commonly written B = f(P,E). This is known as Lewin’s Equation. From a...
July 24, 2018
Over the last 50 years or so, our thinking about safety has evolved considerably.
It started by eliminating or “whacking” hazards. After all, if there is no hazard there is no potential for harm. It soon became obvious eliminating all hazards is not possible. So, deali...
June 17, 2018
The evidence is overwhelming. The biggest independent review of the biggest industry in Queensland shows unsafe acts are present and occur just before someone gets hurt.
Routine disruption or inattention is the most frequent unsafe act. This supports the evidence I coll...
November 8, 2017
A feature article on "The Neuroscience of Personal Safety" By Cristian Sylvestre, Managing Director of HabitSafe, was published in The AusIMM Bulletin October 2017 issue.
Why do so many people still get hurt at work even though we do so much to try and keep them safe? M...
November 16, 2016
Previously, we dealt with the role of First and Second Generation Safety in improving safety during the last 40 years. For most organisations the best performance they ever had.
But incidents are still happening, even serious ones. And since many of these could no...
November 7, 2016
The way we think about safety has evolved over the last 40 years. How have we thought about safety up until now?
First Generation Safety: Focus on hazards and people's knowledge.
We keep people safe by either, eliminating hazards or controlling the remaining ones by...