Papers and Articles

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IS SAFETY REALLY an IMPORTANT ORGANISATIONAL FUNCTION, OR A COSMETIC FEATURE?

G.Prvulovic, SIA OHS Professional Magazine, September 2017 

An increased number of reports and analysis conducted by various consultancies across major industries are indicating that over the last couple of years, more and more Australian companies are ‘delegating’ their HSE function internally to other functions to manage, much more than what has traditionally been the case. Mass scaling down of HSE support teams has significantly degraded meaningful HSE support across many organisations and representation of HSE function at executive levels has rapidly declined to the point where experienced and qualified senior HSE professionals are increasingly hitting the glass ceiling career wise. Many are kept at lower management levels ... read the rest of the article here

PROACTIVE SAFETY INVESTIGATIONS’ AND ORGANISATIONAL REALITY 

G.Prvulovic, Safety Solutions / health and safety at work, July 2017  

There has been a lot of talk in safety circles about ‘positive investigations’.
The notion is that by doing proactive, pre - incident investigations, we can investigate things that ‘go right’,
understand critical things we need for success, how to further improve them and increase organisaitonal
resilience. Some academics and consultants advocate that traditional models, with their ‘too linear’ nature
have limited ability to provide appropriate learnings, some even advocating ‘ditching’ traditional models in
favour of ‘pre-incident’ investigations and their particular models. ... read the rest of the article here     (published version)

LEADERSHIP AND PATHWAY TO SAFETY CULTURE

G.Prvulovic, Australasian Mine Safety Journal, Summer 2017

Safety Culture is indeed a tough subject. In fact the mere term culture from the organisational perspective is still a term for which there is no unilateral agreement. This subject has been extensively covered by work of prominent organisational culture thought leaders such as Schein, Weick, Reason, Hudson, Hopkins and others. Historically, there have been varying views on the meaning of safety culture. It was often described as ... read the rest of the article here     (published version)

SAFETY PROFESSIONALS AND ART OF 'BLENDING IN'

G.Prvulovic, February 2017

There has been a great deal of debate on LinkedIn and other forums about what is more important in the role of a safety practitioner, formal education or practical experience in safety. Whilst the truth is probably somewhere in the middle, the whole debate is largely obsolete as safety professionals, just like accountants, lawyers or engineers need to have a solid educational, technical background as well as practical experience ... read the rest of the article here

Leadership and 'human at fault 'thinking

G.Prvulovic, Safety Solutions / health and safety at work, January 2017

Not too many people will dispute that human behaviour and, in particular, human actions are commonly implicated in accident causation. The key word here is — implicated. It is astonishing how quickly and easily we can travel from ‘implicated’ to ‘responsible’ and ultimately to human error being a ‘root cause’ of accidents. It often happens in the blink of an eye through several specific cognitive processes; mostly associated with .....  Published Version.  Full Version

ARE OUR FRONT LINE LEADERS READY? 

G.Prvulovic, Australasian Mine Safety Journal, Autumn 2015

Management of risks in the workplace is no easy task in any industry. It involves significant effort and investment towards designing and implementing Health, Safety and Environmental Management Systems and in particular practical, safe systems of work. Practical implementation of those systems is the most difficult part. Core responsibility for this ... read the rest of the article here

 CLASSIFICATIONS OF WORKPLACE INJURIES

G.Prvulovic, OHS Professional Magazine, Safety Institute of Australia, March 2015

Recording and classification of workplace injuries in Australia has historically been unregulated and lacking in guidance for employers. Apart from severe injuries specifically mandated by the regulatory authorities and associated standards, little information exist to assist employers with appropriate recording of injuries, especially in the selection of lagging performance indicators associated with injury frequency rates other than lost time . This creates an existence of practices and behaviours aimed at  ... read the rest of the article here

SITUATIONAL AWARENESS AT ORGANISATIONAL LEVEL 

G.Prvulovic, HSE NOW, Society of Petroleum Engineers, Texas, USA 2016

The concept of situational awareness (SA) is not a new one. It is often talked about in management circles and is extensively covered in OHS literature, especially in relation to an individual’s ability to understand the work environment elements in a particular time frame, evaluate a range of factors and use the acquired knowledge to predict their status in the future. It is a deep, conscious awareness  ... read the rest of the article here

ORGANISATIONAL RISK PROFILING BY CONSEQUENCES – A FAILED APPROACH 

By Goran Prvulovic, March 2015


It is interesting to note that when it comes to organisational risk profiling involving health, safety, environment and material risks, so many companies still heavily rely on the outcomes of negative events to guide them towards identification of critical risks. This reactive, number driven view of risks ... read the rest of the article here

BUILDING ORGANISATIONAL RESILIENCE – ENABLING CRITICAL FEEDBACK

By Goran Prvulovic, November 2016

Selecting appropriate starting point can be very difficult as it requires deep critical thinking throughout the organisation, especially at senior levels. In terms of its importance to business culture and ability to self improve, checking overall health of the organisational 'informed culture' ... read the rest of the article here

COGNITIVE DISSONANCE AND ORGANISATIONAL SUPPORT FUNCTIONS

By Goran Prvulovic, April 2015

Theory of Cognitive Dissonance (CD) describes a condition of stress, or a feeling of internal discomfort caused by conflicting ideas, values, beliefs or practices. Essentially, this is a situation where two or more opposing thoughts are causing psychological discomfort. Humans have an inner drive to maintain harmony between attitudes, beliefs and practices ... read the rest of the article here

MANAGING ORGANISATIONAL HSE PERFORMANCE AND PREVENTION OF WORKPLACE FATALITIES - BACK TO BASICS

By Goran Prvulovic, May 2015

There is a lot of attention on current safety performance in the resources industry, in line with several fatalities recently sustained in various operations around the country. Severe and debilitating injuries are also on the rise and should not be forgotten.  Even the state minister of mines focused recently on a number of fatal accidents and publicly delivered a reminder to organisations operating in this sector about the “… complacency in regard to safety” ... read the rest of the article here

SAFETY MOTIVATION - WHAT TRULY DRIVES PEOPLE FOR SAFETY?

By Goran Prvulovic, July 2015

As Einstein so profoundly stated, :“The world we have created today as a result of our thinking thus far has problems which cannot be solved by thinking the way we thought when we created them”(Bhaskar, 2002). When it comes to workplace accidents and organisational management of risks, Einstein’s words truly hit home. Challenging old paradigms is the only way to go forward on a path of continuous improvement. After all, this is how we as humans evolved to this point; we push boundaries and take risks ... read the rest of the article here

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