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Mind The Risk is an allround knowledge transfer and consultancy service within
HSEQ (occupational health, safety, environmental care and quality management).

Experience and expertise includes professional training, risk assessment, incident
investigation, learning from incidents, auditing, developing and implementing
management systems, developing leading and lagging indicators, safety culture
related activities, and much more.

Who is behind Mind The Risk?

Mind The Risk was created by Carsten Busch. Carsten is an experienced HSEQ
manager (registered with the Dutch Society of Safety Science) who has gathered
over two decades of international experience on various levels in organizations within
transportation, industry, oil and gas and government. Carsten is fluent in at least four 
English, Dutch, German and Norwegian/Scandinavian.

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Recently, I had the pleasure to have a conversation about safety, myths and more with Jeff Dalto from Covergence Training. 

Jeff did a wonderful job transcribing the whole hour and put it out on the Convergence website.

Watch and read it here:

Here is the contents of If You Can't Measure It - Maybe You Shouldn't:

  1. Measuring, why and how
  2. Measuring what?
  3. Safety First?
  4. Measurement: Beware
  5. Preventable Accidents…
  6. If You Can’t Measure It, You Can’t Manage It
  7. Constructs
  8. Zero S.M.A.R.T.
  9. Correlation or Causation?
  10. Injury Rates Tell How Well You Do
  11. Surrogates or the Real Deal?
  12. Who Are We Gonna Hurt Today?
  13. The More Data, the Better
  14. Red = Bad
  15. Forget SMART. Go Fuzzy
  16. Intervention, NOW!
  17. Ups and Downs: What Accident Statistics can tell us
  18. Causal Confusion
  19. Zero, Zero, Nothing: A Vision with Zero Need of Zero-Goals
  20. You Can Manage What You Measure - But Does It Help?
  21. Green Reports, Red Talks
  22. The Relevance of Outcomes
  23. Sifting through SIF
  24. Lies, Damn Lies, and…
  25. Zero Harm: Occupational Disease
  26. Only Leading Indicators Needed
  27. Safety Incentive Schemes
  28. Benchmarking Is Good for Safety
  29. Alternatives and Suggestions
  30. Further Reading

Now available:


Dutch version: Veiligheidsfabels 1-2-3


CAUTION: Reading this book or parts thereof may

seriously harm your professional beliefs and habits


From the back cover:

The Safety Profession has a problem. Over the past decades, it has been a fertile feeding ground for Myths, Misconceptions and Misunderstandings.

Pyramids, dominos, ratios, certification, zeros, absolutes, rules, audits, positive mind-set, culture change, observation schemes, checklists, best practices, slogans, Safety First, errors, root causes and risk matrices. You name it and someone will probably have twisted it into something that it should not be, through mechanisms like: visions-turned-goals, tools out of context, black and white thinking, means-becoming-the-goal, rituals without proper understanding, correlation instead of causation or belief in Silver Bullets.

This book collects 123 (and then some) of these Safety Myths. Crisp and compact discussions address weaknesses of conventional safety ‘wisdom’ and give suggestions for alternative approaches and improvement.

The author mixes over two decades of professional experience, theory, practice, anecdotes, examples, and not in the last place humour, into a very readable and easy to understand different view on safety.

To see the contents and a quick overview, go to the Contents Page.

To see what others thought about the book, find a selection on the Feedback Page.

An Erratum is available that also includes many of the illustrations of the book in colour and larger size.
Download the Erratum here.


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