Attributes of a safety leader

In safety, we often talk about “leadership at all levels” as there are people anywhere within a business that can provide leadership. I have some general misgivings about this. Not as a philosophy, but as a practical reality. It falls under the same umbrella as “empowerment” and the oft-quoted “safety is everyone’s responsibility”. Unfortunately, while noble…

Learning from process safety

This article was first published in New Zealand in the March/April 2016 issue of Safeguard magazine. December 1984. The Union Carbide factory in Bhopal, India released a cloud of methyl isocyanate that spread across the region. The official immediate death toll was 2259. July 1998. An explosion and fire ripped through the Piper Alpha oil platform…

Safety in numbers

Safety in Numbers “What gets measured gets done.” This phrase, or some version of it, has been attributed to a number of different sources going all the way back to renaissance mathematician and astronomer Rheticus. Whatever its true age and provenance, over the last few decades it has been memetically embedded into pretty much every…

Are we risky enough?

For those of you who are unfamiliar, the All Blacks is the nickname for the New Zealand rugby union team. They are (apparently) statistically the most successful team in any sport. For a small country in a far flung corner of the world, this is a source of great pride. Rugby is of huge importance…

Rules – who needs them?

This was first posted on Safety Differently. My grandfather was a Military Policeman in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. My father was a Royal Marine. I remember as a child seeing a clipping of an old article in a national newspaper with a large photograph of him captioning a story of…

Welcome

Welcome to the SafetyQuo blog. This is my first blog post and a new site. Please bear with me while I try to work out all the technicalities! I’ve started with a few articles to provoke some thinking which, imaginatively, you can find under ‘Articles’. Over time I’ll be adding more and also be developing some tools…