Welcome to the Safety Artisan!
Hi everyone, and welcome to The Safety Artisan, a series of instructional videos on safety. I’m Simon and I’m a safety engineer and consultant with over 20 years experience working in systems safety, safety engineering, safety in design and a whole bunch of related disciplines including software safety.
The tagline for the business is professional pragmatic and impartial. But what does that really mean? Well, in my time as a safety engineer and consultant I’ve worked with lots of clients doing many different things.
I often find that clients are making two kinds of mistake
They’re either not doing enough work to meet their obligations, or they’re doing too much work. The first one is perhaps obvious, as safety standards and safety legislation are very demanding. People aren’t always aware of what their obligations are, and therefore they’re not always meeting them.
But when you’re a consultant and, it must be said, demanding a lot of money from clients to do this work, I think the suspicion is sometimes that the consultant is just asking to do more work to get more money.
Now, that’s not actually what ethical consultants do, but I’m sure not everyone believes that. So, here, I hope to get away from that paradigm, and we can actually share information just because it’s factual. Accepting what I say doesn’t mean that I’ll take any more money off you and you can check out what you see and decide whether you like it. The other issue is perhaps less obvious: people do too much work. But the reality is there are people all over the place doing safety work that just doesn’t make a difference – i.e. it doesn’t demonstrate that you’ve met requirements or that risk is managed.
Asking questions can be risky
And that’s also a difficult sell because questioning what the tribe is doing, questioning the culture of the organization is difficult and frankly risky for individuals. So they don’t want to do it. Again, here in the privacy of a video, it’s just you and me. I can tell you stuff, you can give me feedback on the website or at Patreon.com. You can ask questions and hopefully, we can get to a better understanding of the facts, without worrying about sums of money changing hands or convincing your peers that change is necessary.
Check me out and what I do
So I hope you find this helpful and I hope you’re able to support me at Patreon: that’s ‘Safety Artisan’ on Patreon.com, and also the supporting website www.SafetyArtisan.com. You can always look me up on LinkedIn and check out my experience and qualifications.
Thanks very much for listening and I look forward to talking to you again.
But what about YOU?
Opportunity and Challenge
Perhaps you are a student, frustrated at the lack of system safety training resources available online. Maybe you are an engineer, looking to get into safety or you need to know how to conduct a safety task allocated to you.
You might be looking to hire and want to know what to put in a job description, or what to look for in the CVs/resumes that you receive. Perhaps you are a recruitment agent wondering how to best to match applicants to vacancies. You might be a fellow trainer, looking for useful information, or reading up on the subject.
Maybe you are a manager who needs to understand what your safety staff do. Or perhaps you think that you might need to bring in a specialist: What are your options? What do you need? Really, what is the best way to achieve it?
If any of these issues sound familiar, then read on…
“The system safety concept calls for a risk management strategy based on identification, analysis of hazards and application of remedial controls using a systems-based approach.”Harold E. Roland; Brian Moriarty (1990). System Safety Engineering and Management. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 0471618160
“Functional safety is the part of the overall safety of a system or piece of equipment that depends on automatic protection operating correctly in response to its inputs or failure in a predictable manner (fail-safe). The automatic protection system should be designed to properly handle likely human errors, hardware failures and operational/environmental stress.”Wikipedia
Safe design is a process defined as the integration of hazard identification and risk assessment methods early in the design process to eliminate or minimise the risks of injury throughout the life of a structure being designed. It encompasses all design including facilities, hardware, systems, equipment, products, layout and configuration.Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner
Work Health & Safety
Australian Work Health & Safety law, or WHS, addresses both design and workplace, or occupational, safety. It’s a very powerful and elegant approach, and it yields a lot of useful content, whether you are in an Australian jurisdiction, or not.
Safety Training Videos
Safety Artisan training videos are available on Patreon.