Mercedes’ fine compounded by loss of trust

Several costs come to mind. First – and strategically significant – is the loss of trust. The tarnishing of image. Trust is important when it comes to safety. When the safety risk is imposed by a faulty “safety feature”, then importance is increased exponentially. Second, sound management is something which ought to be able to… Read More

In Decision Making, Context is King

Before identifying options / solutions, first ensure a shared understanding of your objectives. The scope of the decision should be determined within the context of your organisational objectives. Identify your stakeholders (both internal and external) in relation to the scope of this decision and consider their concerns, issues and expectations. Core to the scope will… Read More

Vulnerability is at the very heart of risk

Addressing the “onion layers” – the underlying “why” – is an effective way of managing risk. It is YOUR VULNERABILITY. There is limited value in “leading the witness”. Far better to stimulate your reflection and considerations – of your context. It is in that spirit the whimsical images, prompts, and references below are provided. Concept:… Read More

Manage your Sword of Damocles

Damocles ponders his circumstances
(part of painting Sword of Damocles” by Richard Westall, 1812)
Source: ready.gov/risk-assessment
Start by considering your threats / hazards
The internationally respected standard is a good place to start. Use it to filter which threats or hazards might be relevant to you.
Don’t like the NFPA classifications and hazard categories? Fine – tailor your own.
… and within the categories, add and edit specific hazards!
Attribute a level of significance (on a scale up to ten) to the threats or hazards which made it through your initial “might be relevant” filter.
We assess risk in order to better manage it.
BEFORE
AFTER
We are all variously vulnerable.
Configure your report and communicate it!

Add silent scooters – and silent policy – as one of your hazards

In Melbourne on the weekend I was nearly “cleaned up” a couple of times with near miss e scooter incidents. So I thought I’d do a quick check on some questions around whether it’s an issue in Melbourne – and elsewhere. The answer is YES In England In Adelaide A hazard – whispering up behind… Read More

Disaster photo opportunity? Blue collar!

Interesting to see how the politicians dressed for the recent NSW floods. They get it. Sometimes, small things become big things. President Bush and his public relations team got it – the new head of FEMA (Michael Brown) didn’t get it. Consequently, it has become an iconic image of how NOT to dress – especially… Read More

… so I get another safety guy.

This story – from Matt Damon – about Tom Cruise is bemusing because it is about “your risk” – risk you control. However socially imposed risk – especially risk imposed by those with wealth, power, and status, is more problematic. Regardless, both cases call for good decision making. #risky #decisions #decisionmakingprocess https://apps.apple.com/au/app/decision-making-app/id1626271695

Lessons from cleaning up …

Some things change … some things don’t. Cleaning out old stuff – in this case, some plastic overhead transparency slides (remember them) associated with some planning consultancies and teaching at the Australian Counter Disaster College (yes, AC/DC) – 1987 to 1998. The “Risk as a function of the interface between hazards and vulnerability” lives on… Read More

Vulnerability is at the heart of good risk assessment

How do you recognise and address your vulnerabilities to disasters? We are all exposed to different hazards. To different disasters. We are all differently vulnerable. The internationally respected Standard on Continuity, Emergency, and Crisis Management (NFPA 1600) defines risk as a measure of the probability and severity of adverse effects that result from exposure to… Read More