Welcome back to the Safety of Work podcast! Though Drew is out for this episode, this means we’re graced by the insightful Dr. Jop Havinga, a colleague of ours from the Safety Science Innovation Lab. Dr. Havinga is a great guest, as he probably spends more time in the field than the average safety science professional.
Together, Jop and I discuss a topic on which Drew and I previously touched: We revisit how stop-work decisions are made and why this is such an interesting topic of research.
- Jop’s research methods.
- How to interpret and explain procedures.
- Why rules don’t always lead to a work stoppage.
- Why stop-work happens.
- The perception vs. reality of stop-work.
- Myths and expectations of safety culture.
- The main takeaway.
“I think I’ve probably been guilty myself of not fully defining what I’m talking about.”
“Only one case I found where a rule actually led to stopping work.”
“First of all, compared to current interventions we see around stop-work…they all paint this picture of real significant decisions…and well, I found that plenty of stop-work decisions are basically considered insignificant.”
Deciding to Stop Work or Deciding How Work is Done?