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Does Occupational Health & Safety Regulatory Compliance Help or Hinder Safety?

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There currently exists an Apoptote (flattening of the curve), meaning we have not succeeded in eliminating the worst harm and fatalities despite all of this regulation. In fact, what modern safety science is showing, is that more regulation and compliance will not make us safer, more bureaucracy may actually be making us less safe. Much of this is associated with the on-going belief in older safety models presented by Heinrich in the safety dominos and pyramid, and also Reason with the Swiss Cheese model. These are linear cause-effect models that don’t hold true anymore.

Adaptive Capacity: 5 Lessons In High Reliability Leadership—from Fire Ground Incident Command for Healthcare, Business & Industry

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What is adaptive capacity? I will explore the idea of capacity in a system and explain how fire service incident command builds adaptive capacity, and how this can be translated into leadership principles.

April 23, 2020 - Sudbury, Ontario, Canada - Workplace Safety North - Mining Health & Safety Conference [Speaker]

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Injury rates with traditional safety systems using regulation and compliance have plateaued across all industries; and we still see catastrophic injuries and deaths. What can we share from within high risk and high reliability organizations that can help improve your chances of sending your workers home unharmed?

Drowsy and Dangerous? Fatigue in Paramedics: An Overview

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Fatigue is a complex phenomenon that has effects on physical characteristics, cognition, behaviours, and physical and mental health. Paramedicine crosses the boundaries of many high-risk industries, namely medicine, transport and aviation. The effects of fatigue on paramedics thus need to be explored and considered in order to begin to identify appropriate interventions and management strategies.

July 21 - 26, 2019 - Kingston, ON, Canada - Queen's University MScHQ [Residency]

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*As found at: https://healthsci.queensu.ca/hqprograms/programs/master-science-healthcare-quality The…

March 5, 2019 - Vancouver, BC, Canada - BCPA Research & Education Symposium [Speaker][Video Attached]

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This session looks at the many areas in paramedicine subject to human factors blind spots. People often consider themselves to be unbiased; but what is bias? We all have environmental programming; gaps in thought and brain function presenting biased perspectives that can lead to medical errors. This talk will work to introduce some of the biases that exist in the paramedic work environment.

Just Culture: The Problem with Retributive Justice

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Building a just culture organisation is dependent on many factors. You can not just will your organisation to be fair and just. Building a just culture is built through painstakingly living your mission and values day in and day out.

An Introduction to Human Factors & Ergonomics in Paramedicine

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Our service underwent what we called a cultural transformation through collaboration. We developed our mission, vision and values as well as a set of guiding principles in collaboration with our front-line staff. We all promised to live by and make decisions based on these values and guiding principles which included caring for the health and safety of our staff, ensuring patient safety, having an inclusive and empowering leadership style, and being innovative in how we implement change.