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Safety Labs by Slice is a podcast where we explore the human side of safety to support safety professionals. We move past regulations and reportables to talk about the core skills of safety leadership: empathy, influence, trust, rapport. In other words, the soft skills that help you do the hard stuff.

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Safety Labs by Slice is a podcast where we explore the human side of safety to support safety professionals. We move past regulations and reportables to talk about the core skills of safety leadership: empathy, influence, trust, rapport. In other words, the soft skills that help you do the hard stuff.

    Expert Views on Safety Theories

    Expert Views on Safety Theories

    In this episode, we’re conducting a thorough investigation of the different theories and frameworks Safety professionals can adopt to keep their co-workers safe.
    There’s been a palpable shift in attitudes towards workplace safety over recent years, with multiple more-human-centred approaches emerging. But their key differences and relative effectiveness often polarize the safety profession.
    We’ve compiled a collection of clips from 16 of our previous guests to help define the the different approaches, including:
    Safety DifferentlyNew View SafetyHuman and Organizational Performance (HOP)Critical Risk ManagementHigh-Reliability Organization (HRO) frameworkBehavior-Based SafetyAnd also bring some clarity to the ongoing debate about which philosophy is best.
    Featured guests (in order of appearance):

    Pam Walaski (Episode 66): Changing attitudes to Safety
    Josh Bryant (Episode 26): The 3 key principles of Safety Differently
    Moni Hogg (Episode 39): Defining New View Safety?
    Andrea Baker (Episode 13): An understanding of what Human and Organizational Performance (HOP) means
    Bob Edwards (Episode 53): Does HOP lack accountability?
    Stephen Scott (Episode 28): Adopting Critical Risk Management
    Jodi Goodall (Episode 67): The High-Reliability Organization (HRO) framework
    Clive Lloyd (Episode 44): The problem with Behavior-Based Safety
    Murray Ritchie (Episode 72): In defense of Behavior-Based Safety
    Tim D’Ath (Episode 61): An alternative to Behavior-Based Safety
    Andrea Baker (Episode 13): Comparing Safety Theories
    Elisa Lynch (Episode 14): New View versus traditional Safety
    James MacPherson (Episode 64): Bickering over Safety labels
    Carsten Busch (Episode 76): Is there an ideal blend of Safety approaches?
    Dr Linda Martin (Episode 22): The problem with Safety theory
    Elisa Lynch (Episode 14): Are Safety approaches debates helpful?
    Murray Ritchie (Episode 72): Get rid of the Safety labels
    Dr Todd Loushine (Episode 74): Welcoming Safety ideas
    Sam Goodman (Episode 27): Respecting our Safety predecessors
    Pam Walaski (Episode 66): Safety evolution

    Safety Labs is created by Slice, the only safety knife on the market with a finger-friendly® blade. Find out more: www.sliceproducts.com
    If you have any questions, please email us at safetylabs@sliceproducts.com

    • 58 min
    The Safety Profession’s Disconnect Between Process and Purpose

    The Safety Profession’s Disconnect Between Process and Purpose

    In this episode, Mary Conquest speaks with Greg Smith, an international award-winning author and qualified lawyer who has spent more than two decades specializing in Safety and Health management. Greg is also regarded as a leading provider of Safety training, particularly in the areas of management responsibilities and contractor safety management.
    Describing himself as ‘Safety agnostic’, Greg doesn’t care how HSE professionals approach Workplace Safety - he just wants to help you be effective. However, he knows how challenging this can be and explains why Safety is a ‘wicked problem’ that is essentially unsolvable.
    Gregs discusses the impact of legal frameworks on Safety Management and shares real-life examples of the unintended consequences of the criminalization of Safety.
    Safety processes and measurement are the key themes of this fascinating conversation, as Greg highlights where the profession has become disconnected from its purpose and how this can be addressed.
    Greg’s highly acclaimed book:  Paper Safe

    Greg recommends the following podcasts:
    Safety Labs by SliceThe Safety of WorkSpeakRebranding SafetyAlso this subscription service: OHS Alert | Premium Workplace health and safety news

    And Ben Hutchinson’s research: Ben Hutchinson | LinkedIn

    Greg Smith on LinkedIn: Greg Smith | LinkedIn

    Safety Labs is created by Slice, the only safety knife on the market with a finger-friendly® blade. Find out more: www.sliceproducts.com
    If you have any questions, please email us at safetylabs@sliceproducts.com

    • 47 min
    Expert views on Measuring Safety

    Expert views on Measuring Safety

    In this episode, we’re conducting a thorough investigation of Safety metrics to help HSE practitioners measure (and manage) the factors that most accurately reflect Safety performance.
    We’ve compiled a collection of thoughts, opinions and ideas about safety data, analysis and reporting from 19 of our previous guests discussing various aspects of this diverse and divisive subject.
    Many question the existing reliance on lagging indicators and proxy KPIs, while the value of Zero Harm initiatives is particularly challenged.
    But what are the alternatives? Are they easily quantifiable, will they satisfy senior leaders, and where does psychological safety fit into this discussion?
    This Safety Measurement special features multiple perspectives on these crucial questions from experienced HSE professionals, consultants, authors and academics. We can’t promise definitive answers, but it will help you come to your own conclusions about Safety metrics - and how they can best keep your co-workers safe.
    Featured guests (in order of appearance):
    Tim D’Ath (Episode 61): Measuring the wrong things in SafetyBob Edwards (Episode 53): Safety metrics need contextJoelle Mitchell (Episode 75): The problem with proxy Safety measurementsChristian Hunt (Episode 68): Measure the Safety outcome - not the input.Clive Lloyd (Episode 44): Safety KPIs that undermine trustJodi Goodall (Episode 67): Understanding Safety metrics is crucialCameron Stevens (Episode 62): Health and Safety data sucksBrent Sutton (Episode 60): Looking at Safety data differentlyStephen Scott (Episode 28): The trap of Zero HarmDr Nektarios Karanikas (Episode 08): Asking the right questions to evaluate SafetyDr Peter Brace (Episode 73): Can you measure Psychological Safety?Stephan Wiedner (Episode 69): Measuring Psychological SafetyMurray Ritchie (Episode 72): Unhelpful Safety incentivizationMoni Hogg (Episode 39): Measuring the impact of new Safety approachesAngelina Badri (Episode 50): A bad way to measure good Safety performanceJerry Smith (Episode 06): Measuring the adoption of Safety proceduresGareth Lock (Episode 43): The fallacy of using lagging indicatorsKym Bancroft (Episode 05): Alternative Safety metricsMikel Bowman (Episode 51): Perfection doesn’t exist in Safety managementSafety Labs is created by Slice, the only safety knife on the market with a finger-friendly® blade. Find out more: www.sliceproducts.com
    If you have any questions, please email us at safetylabs@sliceproducts.com

    • 53 min
    How Personal Branding can Enhance your Safety Career

    How Personal Branding can Enhance your Safety Career

    In this episode, Mary Conquest speaks with Christian Harris, the founder of Slips Safety Services, who also hosts the Safety Roundtable and the Safety and Risk Success podcast. Christian, a social media communications expert, joins us today to offer EHS professionals practical guidance to strengthen your online presence.
    Christian begins this insightful conversation by sharing his life-changing personal journey into Safety before explaining the concept of personal branding and why it’s so valuable for modern HSE professionals.
    He provides a comprehensive guide to developing your personal brand and discusses the dos and don’ts of leveraging social media.
    Packed with actionable advice such as being prolific rather than perfect, which channels to focus on, and the importance of developing a unique style, Christian also shares his fascinating views on the future of safety branding…
    Find out more about Christian’s work:
    Slip Safety Services
    The Safety Roundtable:
    Take part in the Safety Roundtable
    The Safety and Risk Success Podcast:
    The Safety and Risk Success Podcast on Apple Podcasts
    Christian highly recommends this book:
    Key Person of Influence Book - Daniel Priestley
    Christian Harris on LinkedIn:
    Christian Harris | LinkedIn
    Christian Harris on Youtube:
    Christian Harris - YouTube
    Safety Labs is created by Slice, the only safety knife on the market with a finger-friendly® blade. Find out more: www.sliceproducts.com
    If you have any questions, please email us at safetylabs@sliceproducts.com

    • 49 min
    Expert Views on the Role of a Safety Professional

    Expert Views on the Role of a Safety Professional

    In this episode, we’re conducting a thorough investigation of a EHS practitioner’s job description to help you focus on the areas of workplace safety that matter most.

    We've compiled a collection of thoughts, opinions and ideas about Safety professional’s key responsibilities from 20 of our previous guests.
    All agree that practitioners are no longer “Safety Cops” but what should they be instead: facilitators, conduits, coaches? Are they best placed to write policies, implement procedures or conduct investigations? Do duties need to expand into workplace bullying, mental health and full psychosocial risk management? And is Safety even the HSE professional's responsibility??

    This Safety role special presents multiple perspectives on these crucial questions from experienced HSE professionals, consultants, authors and academics. It doesn't conclude with a definitive job description, but will help you decide what to do more of - and what is no longer in your remit.
    Featured guests (in order of appearance):
    James Junkin (Episode 37): What is a Safety Professional?Tanya Hewitt (Episode 7): What do we think the Safety manager's job is?Sam Goodman (Episode 27): Redefining the role of SafetySubena Colligan (Episode 34): Organizations don’t understand what Safety practitioners doChris Smith (Episode 2): Safety is the ultimate change leadership positionChris Moulden (Episode 31): From Safety Cop to ultimate team playerMikel Bowman (Episode 51): The power of Safety professionalsDavid Provan (Episode 58): Safety professionals can’t be everywhere!Bob Edwards (Episode 53): Safety practitioners can’t fix everything!Tony Muschara (Episode 70): Safety is not the Safety professional's responsibilityBrye Sargent (Episode 11): Safety practitioners shouldn’t implement Safety policiesBridget Leathley (Episode 19): Safety professionals aren't solely responsible for proceduresDr Gary Namie (Episode 41): Safety should be responsible for workplace bullyingJason van Schie (Episode 33): Safety’s role in managing psychosocial risksMark Alston (Episode 16): Facilitation is more important than ComplianceTim D’Ath (Episode 61): Safety professionals are conduitsCameron Stevens (Episode 62): Safety practitioners' role as a conciergeNicolai Massyn (Episode 63): Safety professionals are ideally placed to manage ESGDr Todd Loushine (Episode 74): The heightened value of Safety practitionersRosa Carrillo (Episode 57): Safety is an overlooked resourceDavid Provan (Episode 58): The future role of a Safety professional…Safety Labs is created by Slice, the only safety knife on the market with a finger-friendly® blade. Find out more: www.sliceproducts.com
    If you have any questions, please email us at safetylabs@sliceproducts.com

    • 48 min
    Revisiting Heinrich’s Impact on Safety

    Revisiting Heinrich’s Impact on Safety

    In this episode, Mary Conquest speaks with Carsten Busch - the "Indiana Jones of Safety", who has over 25 years of experience in HSEQ Management. and is a tutor in the Lund University human factors and system safety program.

    Carsten is also a Safety historian and has extensively researched and written about the work of Herbert William Heinrich - and shares his finding with us in this fascinating interview.

    Heinrich is considered by many to be the founder of modern Safety practice, but has become a polarizing figure in today’s safety discourse.
    Carsten believes Heinrich’s work and legacy should be reappraised, and he helps Safety professionals understand what he actually wrote - rather than basing their knowledge on hearsay.
    One of Carsten’s main concerns is that New View Safety authors aren’t applying their own principles when they criticize Heinrich and could be positioning his work to reinforce their own approaches.

    Context is key and you’ll discover what Heinrich actually said, who his primary audience was (not Safety professionals!), and the surprising role insurance companies played in enhancing Workplace Safety in the 1930s.

    Carsten’s book investigating Heinrich:
    Preventing Industrial Accidents: Reappraising H. W. Heinrich

    Recommended additional reading from Heinrich’s time:Men and machines: Amazon.com: Chase, Stuart

    Find out more about Carsten’s work:
    Home (mindtherisk.com)

    Carsten on LinkedIn:
    Carsten Busch | LinkedIn

    Safety Labs is created by Slice, the only safety knife on the market with a finger-friendly® blade. Find out more: www.sliceproducts.com
    If you have any questions, please email us at safetylabs@sliceproducts.com

    • 54 min

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