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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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Now available!


CAUTION: Reading this book or parts thereof may

seriously harm your professional beliefs and habits


From the back cover:


You drive to your job on a beautiful Monday morning. The speedometer shows a steady just-below-50 km/h. On the radio, the newsreader tells you about the unemployment figures, the number of casualties of an earthquake in South-East Asia, and that the Dow Jones has fallen some points. Upon entering the gate of your company, you pass a sign that proudly announces that today is the 314th day since the last Lost Time Injury. In the hallway, you see the LEAN Kanban board that shows, among other things, production figures and sick leave statistics. At 8:30, you are all expected to gather around the board and discuss what is presented there. In the elevator to your floor, you quickly check what has happened on Linkedin. You are pleased to see the number of ‘likes’ that your latest post has drawn. You walk on to your desk where you see a pile of papers. On the top is a copy of the newest balanced scorecard that your boss’s secretary must have dropped there, Friday afternoon. While sipping your first coffee of the day, you check your calendar and are reminded of the annual performance review at 10 O’clock.

So far, you have not done one tiny piece of actual work, but you have been confronted with a mass of figures, measurement and metrics already. They are around us, all the time. But why? Do they help? How to deal with them? This little book intends to help you think about them in different, maybe better, ways and handle them better.Thirty rather compact chapters offer a critical view on measuring, indicators, metrics, goals and statistics within a context of safety. The book also tries to offer some useful and practical suggestions for different (possibly even better) approaches, or at least different ways to think about these subjects.


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


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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

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: