It has been my intention for many years to establish a conversational podcast with a workplace safety lawyer. The opportunity to pitch the idea occurred earlier this year and the first episode of Cabbage Salad and Safety is now available.
Siobhan Flores-Walsh of Corrs Chambers Westgarth (pictured right with the author) was the lucky lawyer and she has been enormously supportive also providing the recording equipment, personnel and opportunity.
Episode 1 is not as polished as other safety-related podcasts (the few that exist) but it was important that the conversation was not scripted so that the respect and camaraderie was genuine. Our focus was on the provision of interesting and engaging content more than a slick production quality and after a minute or two, one begins to listen to the words rather than the timbre of the speech. Production quality will improve. The podcast is expected to be part of a series but their frequency will depend on availability of Siobhan and myself.
This episode touches on the role of resilience training in the reduction of workplace psychological harm. Siobhan and I believe that the significance of this type of training as an effective control measure is dubious. Both of us have written about this already.
We are also advocates of the Canadian workplace psychological Standard which we think offers a very good structure for the assessment of existing workplace mental health and wellness programs and from which a psychologically health workplace can be built.
As I mention in the podcast I think that the mix of a workplace safety lawyer who likes structure and clarity with an occupational health and safety professional who has a broad application of OHS principles is an engaging combination of perspectives.
I hope you enjoy the first episode of Cabbage Salad and Safety and look forward to your comments and feedback below or by emailing me HERE.