About the Book
This is a book about a transformation in approach to risk and safety. It tells the story of how the Social Psychology of Risk (SPoR) has made a change in an organisation. The story-case study is set in Europe around the work of the author Brian Darlington and the transformation and change he has enacted in Mondi Group. The book chronicles personal and collective change in the organisation and how the new SPoR approach has enlivened the organisation to better manage risk in the workplace.
The case study starts with Brian’s personal story of change after being challlenged by traditional approaches to risk and safety for many years. However, after one of his close friends Michael, implemented SPoR in his organisation Brian began to investigate and test the possibilities of SPoR and see if it could help him humanise risk and safety better in his organisation.
So, Brian took a leap of faith in 2018 and, started his journey in the Social Psychology of Risk. He commenced a close relationship with Dr Rob Long, the founder of SPoR. After making several trips to Australia and Rob to Austria and Belgium, Brian commenced developing the practices of SPoR in his organisation and never looked back.
During implementation many Eureka moments were realised when the practice of SPoR enlivened people to a person-centric approach to risk. The old traditional modes of telling, policing, excessive paperwork and process-centric methods, faded to the background as people began to have better conversations in risk and became engaged in risk assessment from a person-centric model.
This is a book about very practical ways of improving the way organisations tackle risk and safety as if persons are central in all that is done. Whilst the book spends some time in discussion about what doesn’t work in risk and safety, it doesn’t get stuck on problems, but rather sets out SPoR methods in which change for the better has made a difference in an organisation.
SPoR is a disposition towards people that ensures its by-products consider the human first rather than an objects-centric approach common in traditional risk and safety.
The book gives details of the practical tools, processes and skills available in SPoR and how these have been enacted in an organisation over a two year period. The work of SPoR however, is ongoing and this simply documents the beginning. The book includes details on training, skill devlopment and engagement strategies across the Mondi Group, not just in Europe but globally.
The authors hope that the reader will realise by reading this case study, the possibilities for enhancing risk and safety in their own organisation so that persons matter.
Perhaps this book can help the reader discover their own Eureka moment too, and the world of risk and safety might become more humanised. Just remember, there is no need to ‘throw out the baby with the bathwater’.