Neuroscience – something new in OHS or a new twist on an old idea?

I received the promotion below from the Safety Institute of Australia.

The invitation is to the National Health & Safety Conference.

The first item is Neuroscience.  Really?  At the Safety Institute conference?

A promotion reads the science behind “…how workers make conscious safety decisions”.

Is it new or a recasting of an old idea?  Is it (a) new observations, calculations, research, etc by the neuroscience community that can help guide design decisions?  Or is it (b) a recasting of a blame the victim model – the same idea in disguise?

My point of view?  I was onto the role of neuroscience in OHS well before 2018.

Here’s my 2013 article:

Safety implications of the neuroscience of plasticity and the work athlete



About John Culvenor

Hi, Thank you for taking a look at this blog. I work in engineering, ergonomics, creativity, design, training, etc. Often this is about helping solve legal puzzles through accident analysis. Sometimes it is about thinking up better designs for equipment, workplaces, and systems. This blog is about good design and bad design, accident analysis and how it can be done better, and how we can make a better, safer world by design!
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2 Responses to Neuroscience – something new in OHS or a new twist on an old idea?

  1. Robert Long says:

    As the SIA and Safety gets more desperate in seeking absolute eugenic control over risk it reaches to any mechanism that fulfills its determinism. You can read the reductionist and deterministic thrust between the lines in yet another effort to eradicate fallibility and control the worker. The ‘science’ behind ‘how workers make ‘conscious’ decisions’. Really? More simplistic silver bullets for the gullible.

  2. Thanks Rob. I think you are supporting “b”!!

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