Safety – Just a Few Bad Apples

I hear stories everyday about presenters and trainers in the risk and safety space peddling simplistic snake oil as the pathway to success. Often the idea being presented is based on a kernel of something good but then extended out to be something quite dangerous. Unfortunately the safety industry is susceptible to a host of simplistic seductions because the industry is characterized by checklist thinking not critical thinking. This is perpetuated by a WHS curriculum that indoctrinates the safety industry into a narrow banded worldview that doesn’t countenance disciplines that foster critical thinking.

An example was relayed to me yesterday about a consultant presenting in an organization stating that poor safety was about ‘bad apples’. If we can only weed out the ‘bad apples’ then organisations would be safer.

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