It has been noted that the recent World Congress on Safety And Health at Work had “Vision Zero” as one of its three themes. It was curious that the opening remarks of Singapore’s Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong (pictured right), did not mention Vision Zero at all. In fact he was quite measured in his speech which placed him in a better position to argue for real safety targets and initiatives.
In contrast to many business leaders, and some of the speakers at the World Congress, the Prime Minister stated that
“workplace accidents and injuries are almost always preventable.”
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There is some thematic similarity to WorkSafe Victoria’s Homecoming campaign, specifically to the child wait for the Father to return from work and the mother on the phone, but there are different emotional touchpoints.
A major part of the emotional impact comes from the ad not dealing with a workplace fatality. The reaction from the Father in the hospital bed is powerful.
This year (2016) I had two 2-month stints teaching OHS and risk management in Sichuan China as a casual employee for a Melbourne-based TAFE. It was quite a learning experience. And I thought to pass on a bit of the stuff I learned for others who might find themselves doing teaching or training in the economic powerhouse that is China. A total of 4 months teaching does not an expert make: so the “musings” here should be treated as intended: random observations from a China “newbie” for other newbies.
Both gigs were at a college in Deyang, a relatively small western region city (4 million pop. or thereabouts). Keep in mind “the vibe” changes a lot depending on size of the city. The capital of Sichuan is Chengdu, 80 km or so south-west of Deyang, and the vibe in that city of 14 and a bit million is significantly different to Deyang. Continue reading “Teaching OHS in China”