• Coronavirus
    I did have to chuckle last night when talking to an old friend who works for a Ministry-of-Whatever in Wellington, after they informed me that their IT group has just put in a purchase request for around 500 laptops in the event that staff may need to work from home. That is a very expensive demonstration of stupidity in my opinion. :grin:
  • National to promise 'common-sense' legal test for workplace safety rules
    When we talk about common sense, we are making an assumption that all people have a fundamental shared set of experiences and beliefs that shapes their actions - which of course is completely untrue!
    Common sense is absolutely subjective and extremely situational. A sixteen year old school leaver let loose in an engineering workshop is going to have a completely different understanding of hazard and risk compared to the old guy who has been working there for forty years. The danger comes when employers think common sense exists as a hive mind state amongst their workforce.

    I'd also like to think that if a steam burn from a kettle has been identified as a risk, then surely the control would be to get rid of the risk by using something other than a steaming kettle (there are alternatives available out there) - which would in turn mean it can be removed from the 'list of hazards'
  • Docu-Dramas
    Chernobyl is on my list - I have also heard good things about it. As Chris mentions, the USCSB content is also really worth checking out.
    A couple of documentaries I have recently seen that I would recommend are:

    Upper Big Branch - Never Again
    The fact that this incident occurred (and 29 workers lost their lives), approximately seven months before Pike River explosion is still so shocking to me.

    Fire in the Night - a 2013 documentary on the Piper Alpha disaster. I don't have a link for this, but I think it's still on Amazon Prime if you can't find it.

    EU-OSHA also has a Healthy Workplace Film Award each year. You do have to hunt down some of these, but I have managed to find a few online
  • Safety Policy Statements - you are committed to what?
    I think they can have some value when they workplace-specific and not a generic statement copied from an ancient H&S manual (from a completely different industry). Some of the best ones I have seen are those developed by health and safety committees / safety teams, and in the past I have used this as a starter exercise when providing support to newly formed H&S committees. Personally I think that a policy statement developed by workers, in their own words, can be far more meaningful than a collection of generic management-speak safety statements.