Do you know the science behind what works and doesn’t work when it comes to keeping people safe in your organisation? Each week join Dr Drew Rae and Dr David Provan from the Safety Science Innovation Lab at Griffith University as they break down the latest safety research and provide you with practical management tips.
Ep. 114 How do we manage safety for work from home workers?
Who would have thought that ‘safety in the workplace’ would eventually extend to our homes? As we navigate the new normal, work-from-home arrangements have emerged as a key component of business continuity plans. This episode unravels the intricacies of health and safety management for remote workers, as we investigate the findings of the paper, "A Systems Model for the Design of Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems, Inclusive of Work from Home Arrangements," published in the Journal of Applied Ergonomics. As we share our candid thoughts on the study conducted, we voice our concerns about the imbalance in participant representation.
Ep. 113 When are seemingly impossible goals good for performance?
Can you envision your organization setting a goal that seems impossible to achieve? Join David and Drew as they dissect the paradox of stretch goals and discuss the overarching impact of aspirational objectives on an organization's performance. We take you through the controversial concept of ‘zero harm’ and why it's so scarcely represented in academic literature.
Ep 112 How biased are incident investigators?
David and Drew discuss a research paper published this year in the Journal of Safety Research entitled “Exploring Bias in Incident Investigations: An Empirical Examination Using Construction Case Studies” by Sreeja Thallapureddy et al.
Ep. 111 Are management walkarounds effective?
In this episode, David and Drew discuss the role and impact of senior leadership safety visits and management walkarounds in safety management programs. The episode explores how management walkarounds can influence staff perception and the effectiveness of safety programs, and scrutinizes how the same general initiative can have different outcomes depending on its implementation.
Ep. 110 Can personality tests predict safety performance?
In this episode, David and Drew dig into the potential link between psychology and workplace safety, specifically how personality tests could predict safety performance. They’ll review the research on the connection between personality traits and safety performance, examining how traits like extraversion, agreeableness, and conscientiousness can influence work behaviors. The episode also explores the potential impact of institutional logic on the link between personality and safety performance, weighing the benefits and drawbacks of using personality tests as predictive tools.
Ep. 109 Do safety performance indicators mean the same thing to different stakeholders?
In this episode, we’ll discuss the paper entitled, “Tracking the right path: Safety performance indicators as boundary objects in air ambulance services”, by Jan Hayes, Tone Njølstad Slotsvik, Carl Macrae, Kenneth Arne Pettersen Gould. It was published in Volume 163 of Safety Science.
Good questions well researched, sometimes answered
This podcast is an important role model for all safety professionals - it considers the strengths and weaknesses of the safety literature and sometimes is able to develop useful advice based on it.
Instantly my favorite workplace safety and health podcast!